Inside the Workshop with Manhattan Time Service

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There are status symbols that come and go and some that are enduring and, it’s fair to say, luxury watches certainly fall into the latter category. There are few high-end accessories that are quite as cherished and revered as a luxury watch from the likes of Rolex, Zenith, IWC or Breitling and it is testament to the quality of their craftsmanship and exceptional allure that so many people are prepared to part with thousands of dollars for something as rudimentary as a watch.

It is the very manner in which luxury watches are crafted that makes them so valuable and expensive. The vast majority of high-end watches on the market today are crafted with painstaking precision in Swiss factories and many – such as Breitling – have developed their own in-house movements. There’s no escaping the luxurious and sought-after nature of a high-end timepieces, and the esteem in which they are held is entirely second-to-none.

But where do you turn when your most cherished of luxury possessions becomes damaged? Well, given the high level of craftsmanship that goes into luxury watches, it is a rare occurrence for damage to transpire because they really are built to last but, as with any walk of life, you simply cannot be prepared for accidents and when this leads to a cracked screen, or worse, it can be highly demoralizing.

Fortunately, however, there are luxury watch repair specialists out there who are particularly adept at picking up the broken pieces (often literally) of a damaged luxury watch, and nobody does it better than Manhattan Time Service in New York City.

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This iconic New York luxury watch repair specialist has over thirty years of experience in looking after the damaged timepieces of Manhattanites and, in that time, they’ve had some mightily impressive watches cross their path, including Bill Clinton’s collection of watches (see below) and the bling-filled, multi-million dollar timepiece of Shaquille O’Neal.

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Needless to say, an ex-President of the United States isn’t going to entrust his luxury watch collection to just anyone, so it really does point to the high esteem in which Manhattan Time Service are held that he chose them to carry out the repairs on his luxury watches above – including the impressive gold Ritz watch to the right.

Though it isn’t always obvious to many, the actual process of repairing a luxury watch is often as difficult, intricate and complex as that watch’s creation in the first place, and it takes an incredibly skilled hand to facilitate. At Manhattan Time Service, they have many skilled hands to benefit from, but none are better than those of Mitchell Lodowski, their master watch repair specialist who has repaired hundreds of watches over the last three decades.

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Owning a luxury watch is a privilege that not everyone gets to enjoy so, for those who do, it is imperative to take good care of your timepiece but, for those occasions when damage is unavoidable, it is reassuring to know that there are people like Manhattan Time Service out there.

You can learn more about this venerable New York City watch service by visiting its website at

Ryan Clark
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