Announcement Welcome to my shop! Right now I'm in the process of revamping all of my listings, so that's why there's nothing there! I am still selling watches through my own website (wilkwatchworks dot com), but will have items for purchase through my Etsy shop in the very near future. Thanks for your patience!
Welcome to my shop! Right now I'm in the process of revamping all of my listings, so that's why there's nothing there! I am still selling watches through my own website (wilkwatchworks dot com), but will have items for purchase through my Etsy shop in the very near future. Thanks for your patience!
taylor james on Nov 4, 2014
Freakin awesome : ) Thanks dude, will def be back
Handcrafted, Unique Timepieces
I discovered the world of watchmaking in a roundabout way. Here's my little story about it.
I should have known way back in high school that making watches is where I wanted to be when I started painting cogs in art class. I thought they were interesting, but somehow I never painted watch or clock mechanisms which maybe would have piqued my interest in watches sooner. Off to university I went.
I discovered jewellery making throughout my education and made it a focus of my studies as I acquired my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After university, it all got dropped. I had to make ends meet while my wife was finishing school(and I had to pay off my student loan), so I worked at a call centre(not fun) for 3 years. I dabbled a bit with jewellery, but it didn't stick with me until we moved back to Ontario.
I knew that I didn't want to work in a call centre anymore once we moved back, so I started looking for a job in a field where my only other experience was...jewellery. So I ended up working at a small jewellery repair shop that also did watch repair.
I didn't think much of the job at first(it was a boring sales job), so I started bugging the watchmaker to teach me. It was like pulling teeth because the watchmaker thought I was just there to man the desk and talk to customers(which was what I was supposed to be doing). Slowly, he opened up(with a lot of pestering) and started showing me how to repair watches. By the end of my employment there, I was the store manager and also doing most of the watch repair.
Throughout my employment there I also started making my own jewellery on the side, acquiring tools and setting up my own little studio at home...well really just a bench in the middle of our living room. I started doing shows around town selling my wares when I was able. I still sell them, my Etsy shop for jewellery is here: http://wilkdesigns.etsy.com
At this point I was really getting interested in watches and started doing some scouting for suppliers of parts and making some prototypes. This process went on for 2 or 3 years until I finally decided that making watches was what I really wanted to do.
And so, I've been at it for a couple years now and have loved every minute, whether it be frustrating(quite often), or if I'm having an epiphany(not often enough). I'm building on my watchmaking skills through extra self study(through the British Horological Institute) and hopefully I'll be able to continue designing and making watches for a very long time.
If you'd like to see a spot the local news did about my watches, please visit my Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/wilkwatchworks
Owner, Maker, Designer
I design and make watches from my workshop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
For shipping to any other part of the world other than Canada, I use either Fedex or DHL. You will be required to sign for the package upon delivery. you will be provided with a tracking number. If you miss the delivery, you are responsible for contacting either Fedex or DHL and arranging another/alternate delivery or going to pick up the package. If the watch get returned to me because of too many failed delivery attempts(or any other reason), no refunds will be given and you will be required to pay for shipping to you again, plus any duties/taxes/tariffs for the watch coming back to Canada, plus a $15 administrative fee. Please be aware that I've never had to go through this process with any customer yet, and almost any problem can be resolved while the package is in transit.
For any watches purchased by customers outside of Canada, duties, tariffs or taxes may apply as the watch enters your country. You are solely responsible for any/all of these charges. I must also post the full customs declaration value, please do not ask me to post a lesser value.
Please note that my shipping charges may be slightly higher than most Etsy sellers, but I want to make sure that your watch purchase is insured and arrives in a timely manner that is traceable. Thanks for understanding.
Refunds and Exchanges
All of my watches are covered by a twenty-four(24) month limited warranty. The warranty protects you if the movement of the watch proves to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use. If this is the case, I will repair or replace the movement of your watch for you, for the 24 month period from your original date of purchase. The warranty does not cover:
- the battery (in a quartz watch)
- normal wear and tear (eg. scratches or discolouration, wearing away or peeling of plating, scratched crystals, discolouring or wear on the strap)
- damage to any part of the watch(including the movement) due to neglect, accidents, drops, abnormal or abusive use.
- shipping to Wilk Watchworks for warranty work.
All of my watches are put through testing procedures to make sure they are running properly before they are sent out. They are also packaged carefully to absorb knocks and bumps that happen during shipping.
The warranty will be voided if any work is done to the watch by any person other than authorized personnel of Wilk Watchworks, unless written consent is given by Wilk Watchworks.
If you do need to return the watch for warranty work, you must contact me before shipping the watch back and I will give you instructions.