Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/09/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Forbes article on mechanical wristwatches
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 19:34:23 EDT

In a message dated 9/14/00 12:12:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< I'm hoping to share the fine-watch experience too: Years ago, I
 inherited a Rolex from my dad, but it's mostly sat around unused and
 that seems like a real shame, so I'm hunting around for a great shop to
 do the overhaul and polish up the works to gleam like new again. So far
 I've had one recommendation for IWS in Switzerland, and near as I can
 tell, they're competitive if not cheaper than the the local shop (Swiss
 Chalet in Boulder) I visited.

I have had enough interest off line that I think the best thing would be to 
post the following information.  If you contact this Rolex factory-recognized 
watch mechanic,
feel free to mention this post:

    Sam Kalter
    120 South 7th Street
    Phila., PA 19106

He participates in the Rolex factory program for independent watchmakers and 
has received training from the Swiss factories, on site.  His experience is 
extensive, including complicated watches such as chronographs, moon phase 
watches and the like.  Cost is moderate, compared to most other repair 
facilities.  Turnaround is presently 4-6 weeks.
Most importantly, in dealing with him over a period of years, I have found 
him both informative and straightforward.  He has been quite honest, and I 
have bought a  number of watches from Sam, both new and used.
This is not intended as a promotion.  In fact, for fear of overloading his 
capacity, I am reluctant to spread the word, if anything.  I called to ask 
his permission to do this post.  He does not want to be swamped, but he is 
presently taking new work.

Joe Sobel