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The Time Center

“The Time Center” in Westchester, IL.

Overview:  Family owned storefront watch and clock store.

Brands sold/spotted:  Seiko, Invicta, Bulova, Swatch, et al.

Prices:  Retail or discounted.  No gouging seen and you can definitely haggle.

Watch bands/bracelets sold there?  Yes

Detailed Review:

This is a nice, small operation with excellent customer service.  Selection is not huge in watches, but they do stock and sell Seiko 5 watches!  They do repairs on premises and the store is owed by a watchmaker.  They also have a very large selection of wall and table clocks.  Of particular interest is the sheer breadth of watch bands and bracelets sold there.  They have just about everything from Speidel to Hadley Roma and above.  They have NATO, carbon fiber, rubber, lizard, crocodile, steel, and gold bands in stock.  Their prices are retail or better than some online prices I have seen!  Customer service is excellent and attentive and not pushy at all.  They also have quite a few vintage pocket and wrist watches in stock at fair prices.  All the used watches have been serviced.  This is, by far, my favorite watch store.  Five out of Five stars overall.