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A Journey Into the World of Watchmaking.

A Helpful List of Watch Repair Parts and Tools Suppliers

There are a lot of people asking where to get watch repair parts in Reddit – likewise on other forums. Here is my list of the most legit watchmaking tools and watch parts suppliers that I’ve compiled over the course of my journey. This list includes suppliers of watch parts for repairs as well as modding or even parts to create your own watch from scratch. You’ll also find a few vendors that specialize in selling Seiko modding parts.

If there is some specific type of part or tool you’re looking for, just CTRL+F it.

Let’s go! – SEIKO modding parts

Alex James is a creator of custom watch parts who really shines with his dials. He is also selling some unique hands and cases that are made to fit Seiko parts. An absolute treat if you’re into modding Seikos.

A German shop selling parts and tools

Nice selection of parts and tools straight from Germany. A nice bonus – this is a place to buy watch ebauches and an outstanding selection of original Seiko movements.
(Thanks to Watchwolf_jl for the reference)

A German shop with unique tools and watch parts

In addition to basic watch parts: such as hands, movements, spring bars, and bands – they carry clock parts and some very specific tools such as UV curing lamps, crystal glass cement, knotter tools, extension chains and many other things. Check them out!
(Thanks to D.R. Horloger for the reference)

UK-based merchant sporting a wide selection and competitive prices

What sets Cousins apart from all the other stores is that they have a wide selection of watch brand original spare parts for movements, as well as generics. Besides that, they carry tools and many watchmaking tool spare parts. A drawback is that they want you to confirm that you’re a professional before signing up. Check them out. – SEIKO dive watch parts

Largest selection of Custom Seiko Dive parts in the World” – they claim.  I didn’t fact-check but looks legit. Watch dials,  watch hands, bezel inserts, tools, parts, and more. – all about modding seikos

Based in Singapore, they have a really nice and high quality selection of Seiko parts. Originals, as well as custom made dials and so forth. Pretty cool if you’re into modding Seikos. You can even buy a Seiko modding service from them.

The Essentials – The best tools in the industry

These quality tools are guaranteed to leave a smile on your face. Six absolutely essential pieces of watchmaking equipment in the absolute best quality.

An American-based shop for a typical watch service and repair center that does quick watch fixes

Esslinger is a supplier of watchmaking and jewelry tools and supplies. Their specialty is the small nitty-gritty items such as band pins and spring bars, batteries, watch crowns, generic Rolex parts all the way to original as well as generic watch movements. They also sell quite a few different kinds of assortment boxes ranging from hands to batteries. The goods are priced average and the quality ranges from low (and cheap) to medium-high.

UK-based high-quality watchmaking tools supplier, including polishing and carving tools

Eternal Tools provides solid tools and just that. No watch parts, though. However, you’ll be able to find drill bits, polishing supplies and carving tools. The quality of the tools is medium-high to high and the shipping costs are reasonable. This is my go-to place to buy watch tools.

German-based shop for watch and clock parts

A nice resource that stands out with spare parts for clocks, not only watches.
(Thank you Watchwolf_jl for the reference)

Chinese homage watch and parts supplier

They sell white label watches, dials, cases, straps, movements, bezels, date wheels, hands and some other various items. But the best thing about them? They offer custom dial printing. Don’t ask me about the quality, though.

Another UK-based medium/high-quality watch repair tools supplier with electrical watch tools

They are resellers of A*F, ETA, Bergeon, Horotec tools and Seiko watch parts. HS Walsh also sells a lot of electrical tools, such as pulse welder units and plating units, watch testers and timing machines.

KALYANEDIFFUSION89.COM – French store selling a strange mixture of watch parts and tools

If KD89 was a real physical store, it would probably look like the owner hadn’t organized the stock for the last 7 years and would not even notice you when you walked in because he is preoccupied playing his Nintendo 64. Then you wander around the store and find things like Swiss made Unitas cases, French made Omega hands, ink for dial restoration and real ivory clasps.


Anyway, it’s an interesting place to browse if you can be bothered with Google translate and a bit of patience. Reasonable shipping prices.

OFREI.COM – The place to source rare high-quality analog tools and original watch parts

Otto Frei online store looks like it was programmed in the 90s and the usability reminds me of cassette tapes, but don’t get thrown back by that. Their gear is actually top-notch. Ofrei inventory ranges from staking sets to lathes. Original Tag Heuer watch dials to special Omega tools. Moebius oils to watchmaking benches. Sapphires to circuit boards. They have eeeverything. Except for abrasive stones. They don’t have abrasive stones. You’d have to look into their jewelry store for that. The international shipping price is quite high, though.

PERRINWATCHPARTS.COM – Canadian-based watch supplier with a good selection of movements, bands, batteries, pins & spring bars

More for a watch hobbyist than someone doing repairs. Easy to use website with a lot of essential stuff, but not that much little things. They carry a wide array of movements, for example, Seiko movements, and watch repair kits too. Quality seems medium.

German store selling watch repair parts with a solid selection of cases, dials, hands and a few kits

A very good place to shop for anyone assembling their own watch from a basic ETA or Miyota movement. Here you’ll find a nice selection of good quality gear for a price that varies from €58 to €150 for a case, for example. Looks good to me.


This store carries a lot of gear. A lot of fishy gear. Second-hand watches, broken watches, spare parts, etc. You’ll possibly find things here you can’t find anywhere else, but the quality might not certainly be guaranteed. An interesting store to look around in, none-the-less.

American wholesale with a fat catalog of supplies*

There’s some good news and some bad news. Bad news first: They state on their registration page that they only sell to “Watch Repair Trade (no direct sales/hobbyists)”. The good news is that they have a lot of useful stuff. Microscopes. Dryers. Demagnetizers. Ebauché movements. Oils. Reluming kits.
Startime supply has got quite a lot of professional gear and watch tools for the satisfaction of any watchmaker. You can shop for tools by brand, which is a nice feature. Quality ranges from “economy” to high. Their selection of watch bands and buckles is way beyond anything I’ve seen before. A good place to shop at, however a minimum order size of $20 applies for within the US and $100 on international orders.


From Strapcode, you’ll find a wide selection of watch bands for Seikos, Audemrs Piguet, Bell & Ross, IWC and more. I think their bands for AP really stand out.

USSRWATCH.NET – The name pretty much says it all

Parts and watches that are made in the USSR, yet the shop is based in Ukraine. A go-to place for all Soviet-made watches and their parts. (Thank you Watchwolf_jl for the reference)


This is a rare find, because at you’ll find original spare crowns for your Gucci watch, or a spring for the barrel of your Audemars. Rolex, Omega, Longines – they’re all represented. If you’re doing watch service and repair, this resource is an absolute treat for you. You’re welcome.

WENPING1970.COM – Chinese watch parts supplier selling cheap low-quality items

Wenping1970 sells bezels, cases, copies of movements, hands, et cetera. They even have one movement that tells you what year it is. In case you forget.

And to finish it off, we’ll always have Amazon and eBay.

That’s it for now. If you know of any more, let me know in the comments section and I’ll update the list for everybody.

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