I get requests all the time on where to send watches for repair or servicing and I have either off line or online recommended a number of places to go to. In the lifetime of this blog however I have never recommended Lee Teo Heng Watch located in Tanjong Pagar Plaza in Singapore.
Mr Lee is probably the chap who sealed my fate as a ‘watch nut’. I bought a gold filled Titus off ebay years ago that was not working and whose gold plated case was so worn that most of the gold-fill had worn through to the stainless steel base.
This watch had (i) a new gold expandable strap fitted, (ii) complete overhaul, (iii) new crystal fitted and (iv) case re-dipped in gold by a proper Goldsmith’s shop for less than $70. I was at the time quite surprised at how little it cost and thought to myself WOW, if I can get Swiss watches repaired for so little and to such excellent quality I could make a mint doing this.
Mr Lee quickly brought me down to earth. He and his wife explained to me in Mandarin that they were only doing this for such a low price as they wanted to encourage people like me to keep using classic watches and hence the “introductory price”.
Over the years, I have never brought any of my friends who go watch hunting with me to Lee Teo Heng. He does not trade in old watches, has a pretty dismal display of new watches for sale and if you need a new strap or battery replaced, you can get this done somewhere else.
Whenever I have wanted a watch movement repaired to perfection, Lee Teo Heng has been the place i go to. Every piece he has repaired (and that I still own) has been ticking away without missing a beat for at least 5 years. Hands down, without reservation, he is the Best Watchmaker I have met in my travels all over the Asia Pacific region. Truly an expert and part of a dying trade of craftsman.