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American Watchmakers In Order To Work Need To Be Able To Buy Parts

Watch Repairpersons Need Parts!

Owners of Watches Should Have The Right to Chose Who Works on their Watch.

SWATCH GROUP Cuts Off All Supply of ETA Parts and Omega Parts along every other Brand they Control. Independent Watch Material Houses Worldwide and Independent Watch Repair Persons will no longer be able to get any parts. This will effect every US Citizen one way or another by a loss of jobs and income for those in the USA Watch and Jewelry industry as well as increasing the cost of service to the watch owner as much as 10 times more than it would cost if fair trade competition existed.

Watchmakers you need parts to be able to work, let the FTC know it now. Sent your complaint to:

Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Response Center
600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20580.
Ref. No. 27462283

Submit a Consumer Complaint to the FTC on-line.
To sent a complaint about the Swiss Watch Companies Restrictive Parts Policy and Unfair Business Practices, visit online

Could you please post this letter just as soon as possible on your front page of your web site. This ongoing trend obviously affects your company as well. and anyone willing to take up the fight for the watch industry is very important to support. The posting reads as follows from the Horology Matters forum (THANK YOU);


Friends, It is Andre's hope that if he can demonstrate to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the Swiss industry parts restriction policies are harming our businesses and our customers, that they will act. As has been explained in recent previous e-mails, it is a matter of priorities for the FTC. With only a handful of responses from affected watchmakers, the FTC doesn't not see the issue as a priority. That is not to say that it isn't a violation of U.S. law, but rather the FTC, with limited resources, has what they consider bigger fish to fry.

The nice folks at FTC need to be convinced that these restrictive policies are affecting several thousand watchmakers. The only way to get there is to send many (hundreds one hopes) individual e-mails from affected watchmakers. In the Horology Matters group, there are, at this morning's count, 539 members. We should be able to generate a few hundred e-mails. My thought is that perhaps the appeal for e-mails has not been presented with sufficient specificity.

Here is what needs to be done: First the e-mail should be sent to Andre. He will forward them to the FTC. If there is only a handful of e-mails to send, then it makes little sense to send them, because with such a meager response, the FTC officials will assume that the issue is of no great importance.

1.. In the "TO:" line of the e-mail the address will be :

2..The "SUBJECT:" line of the e-mail will be: Re: Swiss Watch Parts Restrictions

3.. In you own words, just a few sentences, state that the restrictive parts policies of the Swiss industry are affecting your income and if the parts restrictions are allowed to continue, you may be forced to close you business, or if you work in another's shop, you may lose your job because of the shop's inability to get repair parts has reduced the shop's income.

4.. Include your name, and contact information. For example, First Name, Last Name, E-mail Address, City and State. Optional: Telephone contact, Street address.

This really should be simple. There is no need to write a long letter. What is most important are numbers--many emails from many individuals. All that is required is that the restrictions are causing you to lose money, and that you are in danger of either having to close your business or lose your job if the restrictive policies are allowed to continue. Everyone in the group whose livelihood is affected needs to write. While it would simplify the matter if we could just draw up a petition and have people sign it, that will not carry the impact of individual e-mails. This e-mail needs to be in your own words. It will take a few hundred e-mails to impress the FTC, not just a handful. There is no guarantee that this will solve the problem, but it is certain that if everyone sits on their hands, there will be no solution.

If not you, who? If not now, when?


James Sadílek Carson City NV 89703

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Bulova Not-Restrictive
Candino Semi-Restrictive
Caravelle Not-Restrictive
Cartier Semi-Restrictive
Catwatches Fully-Restrictive
Cellini Semi-Restrictive
Certina Semi-Restrictive
Charriol Fully-Restrictive
Chopard Fully-Restrictive
Citizen Not-Restrictive
cK (Calvin Klein) Semi-Restrictive
Coach Semi-Restrictive
Concord Semi-Restrictive
Corum Semi-Restrictive
Croton Refused to participate in survey
Cyma Semi-Restrictive
Da Vinci Not-Restrictive
Daniel Mink Fully-Restrictive
David Yurman Fully-Restrictive
Diesel Fully-Restrictive
Dior Fully-Restrictive
DKNY Fully-Restrictive
Ebel Fully-Restrictive
Ecclissi Fully-Restrictive
Elysse Not-Restrictive
Emporio Armani Fully-Restrictive
Ernst Benz Fully-Restrictive
Ernst Benz Fully-Restrictive
ESQ by Movado Semi-Restrictive
Exchange Fully-Restrictive
Flik Flak Fully-Restrictive
Fossil Fully-Restrictive
Glashuette Original Semi-Restrictive
Glycine Fully-Restrictive
Grimoldi Fully-Restrictive
GUCCI Fully-Restrictive
Guiliano Mazzuoli Fully-Restrictive
Hamilton Fully-Restrictive
Hamlin Portrait Not-Restrictive
Hanhart Fully-Restrictive
Harry Winston Fully-Restrictive
Hermes Fully-Restrictive
Ice Link Fully-Restrictive
IWC No survey responses
Jaeger-LeCoultre Fully-Restrictive
Jaquet Droz Semi-Restrictive
Jean d'Eve Fully-Restrictive
JEAN MARCEL Fully-Restrictive
Joe Rodeo Fully-Restrictive
Judith Ripka Fully-Restrictive
Jules Jurgensen Not-Restrictive
Junkers Not-Restrictive
Karl Lagerfeld Fully-Restrictive
Kobold Not-Restrictive
Laco Not-Restrictive
Lambretta Not-Restrictive
Leon Hatot Fully-Restrictive
Longines Fully-Restrictive
Luminox Fully-Restrictive
Marc Jacobs Fully-Restrictive
Maurice Lacroix Fully-Restrictive
Meister Not-Restrictive
Michael Kors Fully-Restrictive
Michele Fully-Restrictive
Mido Semi-Restrictive
Mondaine Fully-Restrictive
Mondia Not-Restrictive
Montblanc No survey responses
Movado Not-Restrictive
Nine Fully-Restrictive
Omega Fully-Restrictive
Oris Semi-Restrictive
Pandora Fully-Restrictive
Panerai Semi-Restrictive
Perrelet Fully-Restrictive
Philip Stein Fully-Restrictive
Philip Stein Semi-Restrictive
Philip Watch Fully-Restrictive
Pope Watch Co Fully-Restrictive
Rado Semi-Restrictive
Revue Thommen Fully-Restrictive
RGM Fully-Restrictive
Roberto Cavali Fully-Restrictive
Rolex Semi-Restrictive
Rotary Not-Restrictive
Saint Honore Semi-Restrictive
SB Fully-Restrictive
Sector Fully-Restrictive
Serket Fully-Restrictive
Sinn Fully-Restrictive
Skagen Fully-Restrictive
Southern Tide Fully-Restrictive
Swatch Fully-Restrictive
Tag Heuer Fully-Restrictive
Tavannes Not-Restrictive
TechnoMarine Fully-Restrictive
Teno Fully-Restrictive
Teno2 Fully-Restrictive
Tiffany and Co. Fully-Restrictive
Tissot Fully-Restrictive
Toy Watch Fully-Restrictive
Traser Fully-Restrictive
Tsovet Not-Restrictive
Tudor Fully-Restrictive
Union Glashutte Fully-Restrictive
Universal Geneve Fully-Restrictive
Vabene Fully-Restrictive
Vacheron Constantin No survey responses
Van Cleef & Arpels No survey responses
Visetti Not-Restrictive
Wittnauer Not-Restrictive
Zenith Fully-Restrictive
Zeppelin Not-Restrictive
Zodiac Fully-Restrictive
Sent your complaint to:

Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Response Center
600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20580.
Ref. No. 27462283

Submit a Consumer Complaint to the FTC on-line.
To sent a complaint about the Swiss Watch Companies Restrictive Parts Policy and Unfair Business Practices, visit online
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