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The Man Who Repairs the Hands of Time

Kirsten Atmekjian - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Raymond Belanger

Have you met our new watchmaker Raymond Belanger? He's been a busy fellow since he started with us at Steadman Jewellers. It's for good reason though. Now that people know where to go for quality clock and watch repairs, he's turned into a bit of a superstar at the shop. We're worried he might get mobbed on the street, so we've kept his face concealed ;)

Raymond graduated from George Brown College's watch technician program waaay back in 1990. We know - he doesn't look that old. He has over 25 years of experience repairing antique and more modern clocks of all shapes and sizes. From mantle and wall clocks to the venerable, multi-generational grandfather clocks, Ray's worked on them all.

In addition to larger clocks, Ray's days are focused on repair and restoration of watches. While Ken, Kirsten and the rest of the Steadman staff are quite capable when it comes to strap replacement and repair and new watch battery installations, Ray's the guy we've called upon for years when we've had internal issues with mechanical watches. Have a Rolex or Omega sitting in a drawer because it's not been working for years? Bring it in and Ray will be happy to have a look at it.

Just give him a call (905-227-5412) to ask him about your cherished timepiece, or come into the store and meet him in person. A bonus: you'll be one of only a few who will recognize this talented artisan!

Ray and three Pequegnat wall clocks in for repair
Raymond Belanger with three rare Pequegnat wall clocks
brought in for repair.

For the Gentleman You Call Dad

Kirsten Atmekjian - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Rodania Men's Watch XSEBA BlackAdmittedly, we thought it could be a little tacky to suggest you buy a watch for your dad on Father's Day. Then we were introduced to the Rodania line of watches. Now, we think every dad deserves an incredible watch like a Rodania.

From their newest collection of automatic watches for gentlemen comes the XSEBA - with a Swiss Automatic Valjoux ETA 7750 movement, triple counter chronograph, day and date indications, a black structured dial with silver and white luminova indexes, and a sapphire crystal for enhanced scratch resistance. The black, integrated leather strap features red stitching and a stainless steel butterfly buckle closure. The watch case is made of stainless steel with a see-through case back and is water resistant up to 10ATM.

This is a classic model that will stand the test of time. Kind of like your dad. If you're interested, we carry a variety of Rodania watches for people of all ages.

On another note, if your dad has a favourite watch that's not working, we offer watch repair and cleaning services. Sometimes it's something as simple as a battery that needs replacing. Other times it's just some TLC.

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