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Knowing When To Have Your Timepiece Serviced

By Logan Everly

            Personal connections develop themselves throughout our lifetime, that connection can then morph into a wonderful relationship.  Watches should be no different.  The timepiece is with you frequently and you become reliant on the continuous knowledge it gives you.  Over the years of enjoyment, the watch will slowly and on occasion begin to falter.  Slowing down, starting and stopping; not acting its normal self.  When you begin to notice these symptoms, it is time to visit your local service center for a diagnosis.

Each watch is individualized – each one having different characteristics internally and externally.  Once these negative symptoms begin to show themselves, many different issues could be coming into play.  Watches rely on lubrication internally to assist the gear-train and other components function smoothly.  Once these lubrications start to lose their fundamental properties, the gears face negative friction, running metal on metal, then dust and debris start to form.  As this debris starts to be passed around the gear-train, it will start to wreak havoc on the components, thus causing your watch to run incorrectly.

There are many different reasons your trusted piece could start to run incorrectly, no longer be water-resistant, and lose your trust.  Once these problems arise, it is time to have your watch properly estimated for repair.  Regular and proper maintenance on your timepiece can save you future headaches and potentially hundreds of dollars towards those future repairs.  Establishing yourself with a quality service center is something that we strongly recommend.

The service process begins with an estimate, to find the cause or causes of the problem(s).  Once the problem has been diagnosed, the estimate can be created and then will be discussed in detail between you and the repair facility.  Proper maintenance and evaluations here at Brinker’s Jewelers start with the following (and not limited to):

  • Pressure/vacuum check on the watch case
  • Hand-cleaning of the case (pending the outcome of the previous testing)
  • Cleaning of the bracelet in the ultrasonic machine and a final scrub w/ a brush
  • Gasket inspection, replacement and/or re-lubrication
  • If the bracelet links have screws, we will add thread locker to them
  • Inspection of your spring bars (replacement if necessary)
  • Overall evaluation of your case and bracelet; inspection on the pins and tubes
  • Performance evaluation
  • Battery replacement for quartz watches

For mechanical watches, problems will normally be found during the performance evaluation.  Our timing machines will let us know in detail how your watch is running, in many different positions (as if you were wearing it).  If negative symptoms cannot be discovered by us during the performance evaluation, we will run the watch through several tests to determine the issue.  Other services can also be performed, pending the specific needs of your watch and by certain requests, you may have.  We are a full-service center for all of the brands that we carry here in-store and are not limited to only those.  Our knowledgeable watchmakers are able to service many different brands and are willing to always take care of your specific needs.


1 ¼ cups           all-purpose flour

1 tsp                 baking soda

1 tsp                 salt

2 sticks             (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1 ¼ cups           firmly packed light brown sugar

¼ cup                granulated sugar

2 large              eggs

1 tsp                 vanilla

3 cups              sweetened flaked coconut

2 cups              (12oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl with an electric mixer cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and beat in flour mixture. Beat in vanilla and stir in coconut and chocolate chips.

Drop dough by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto buttered baking sheets and bake cookies in the middle of oven 10 minutes, or until golden. Cool cookies on baking sheet 1 minute and transfer to racks to cool completely. Cookies keep in airtight containers for 5 days.

Yield: Makes about 27 cookies


At-Home Activities

Button Bracelets

What You Need:

  • Medium-sized buttons, a length of ribbon (or elastic), & scissors

How to make them: 

  1. Gather at least two colors of medium-sized buttons.
  2. Tie an overhand knot at one end of the ribbon/elastic. 
  3. Place two buttons on top of each other and thread up from the bottom. Then, thread down through the hole across from the current position. 
  4. Repeat for each pair of buttons.
  5. Once you’re done, take the loose end of the ribbon/elastic and tie it through the loop on the other end. 

Bonus Tip: If you have smaller buttons with holes that match the larger ones, you can stack loop two at a time to create a layered look!


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