Alston Jewelers & Mfg

★★★★☆
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Tue, 10am - 4pm; Wed, noon - 4pm; Thu - Sat, 10am - 4pm; Sun, Mon, closed

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I have been going to Peter for almost 30 years. Peter is a true "old world" watch maker and craftsman. I have had him rebuild and repair probably 25 mechanical watches and he does incredible work for very reasonable prices and his quality is just top-notch. I have recommended him to numerous friends over the years and everyone has been very satisfied. It is rare to find watchmakers and watch craftsmen like Peter these days.

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I have been going to Peter for almost 30 years. Peter is a true "old world" watch maker and craftsman. I have had him rebuild and repair probably 25 mechanical watches and he does incredible work for very reasonable prices and his quality is just top-notch. I have recommended him to numerous friends over the years and everyone has been very satisfied. It is rare to find watchmakers and watch craftsmen like Peter these days.

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I have been going to Alston Jewelers for twenty or so years now and highly recommend it. Right now Peter is fixing the clasp on a watch that is very precious to me. Another jeweler told me I would have to get a new watch, that the clasp couldn't be fixed.

I read the mixed review and wonder what the other side of the story is. I've never found his prices to be too high. I take my watch in to have the battery changed and it's done in a matter of minutes.

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I have been going to Alston Jewelers for twenty or so years now and highly recommend it. Right now Peter is fixing the clasp on a watch that is very precious to me. Another jeweler told me I would have to get a new watch, that the clasp couldn't be fixed.

I read the mixed review and wonder what the other side of the story is. I've never found his prices to be too high. I take my watch in to have the battery changed and it's done in a matter of minutes.

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He did a great job rebuilding a fine, antique watch, and I would have expected as much considering that he charged me a whopping $400.

The next time I used him, to replace the stem and crown of a new Citizen watch, he charged me $90. When daylight savings time came around, I found that the stem didn't turn the hands. I took it back, he "set it," returned it and told me to read the manual. I later found that the stem still didn't turn the hands.

When I sent it to an authorized repair shop, I was quoted $25 plus shipping to fix and return. Because of all the signs, I was led to believe Alston was an authorized Citizen repair shop. He is not.

Also, $20 is his standard fee to replace a watch battery. That's way too much.

PROS: good for fine watches
CONS: expensive, not good with new technology

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He did a great job rebuilding a fine, antique watch, and I would have expected as much considering that he charged me a whopping $400.

The next time I used him, to replace the stem and crown of a new Citizen watch, he charged me $90. When daylight savings time came around, I found that the stem didn't turn the hands. I took it back, he "set it," returned it and told me to read the manual. I later found that the stem still didn't turn the hands.

When I sent it to an authorized repair shop, I was quoted $25 plus shipping to fix and return. Because of all the signs, I was led to believe Alston was an authorized Citizen repair shop. He is not.

Also, $20 is his standard fee to replace a watch battery. That's way too much.

PROS: good for fine watches
CONS: expensive, not good with new technology

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My husband designed both my engagement and wedding rings with the help of Peter at Alston Jewelers. They are gorgeous! Peter also repairs our watches. His services are well priced and he's the only jeweler my husband trusts to leave our valuable pieces with. He's been in business over 50 years and all of his pieces have excellent craftmanship. He always remembers us and entertains with stories about his life experiences. We love this jeweler and would never go anywhere else, even though we have to drive an hour from Hyde Park to meet with him in Evanston!

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My husband designed both my engagement and wedding rings with the help of Peter at Alston Jewelers. They are gorgeous! Peter also repairs our watches. His services are well priced and he's the only jeweler my husband trusts to leave our valuable pieces with. He's been in business over 50 years and all of his pieces have excellent craftmanship. He always remembers us and entertains with stories about his life experiences. We love this jeweler and would never go anywhere else, even though we have to drive an hour from Hyde Park to meet with him in Evanston!

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