Andre Fleury - Swiss Watch Company LLC
Quality and service since 1968
Do you really own your watch?
Swiss watch companies by restricting the sale of the necessary replacement parts needed for the proper service/repair of your watch successfully monopolized the Service/Repair of their watches and became the sole provider of that servicing repair. Depending of the brand you purchased, you may not really own your watch. You are now at the mercy of that company and no disclosure about this practice ever given to you.
Competition keeps quality and price in check not monopoly.
Major companies indulging in parts restriction:
If any company listed above changed their monopolistic parts policy contact us to be removed from this list immediately.
"Swiss Made" is this fraud and deceit?
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words: I asked Swatch CEO and Omega President what I was supposed to tell the consumers, is it Swiss Made or made in China? No answer yet.
No response either from our U.S DOJ/FTC!!!
What does our DOJ/FTC states about the Swiss practices:
" Antitrust Division
- S. Department of Justice
Revised: April 2005
- PROSECUTION OF INTERNATIONAL CARTELS
Beginning in 1995, the Antitrust Division made the prosecution of international cartels that victimize U.S. businesses and consumers one of its highest priorities. International cartels, compared to their domestic counterparts, tend to be broader in scope, larger in terms of affected volumes of commerce, and more harmful in terms of numbers of businesses and consumers injured. Investigations have uncovered meetings of international cartels in over 100 cities and in over 35 countries, including most of the Far East and nearly every country in Western Europe."
Well Anti-Trust Division as of 1995 millions of consumers are victimized and financially injured and 24,000 U.S watch servicing businesses victimized and injured to closure by foreign companies!!!!
Millions of consumers obliged to pay from two to five times for a watch servicing performed by a restricting watch company than when done by your local independent watchmaker.
Independent watchmakers "victimized" and "injured", 46,000 out of 50,000 put out of business by Swiss watch cartel!!!
1950 to 1954: approximately 50,000 watchmakers were providing your watch servicing in the U.S.
1954: a Swiss watch group (cartel) started to monopolized the U.S watch servicing market by refusing to sell the necessary parts to service their brands of watches.
1954: the DOJ/FTC sued that cartel for these anti-trust, anti-competitive and monopolistic practices and won that case as of 1960, limiting the loss of independent watchmaker's businesses to 12,000.
1960 to 1990: 38,000 watchmakers were still in business.
1990: a Swiss cartel of now over 60 companies reengaged in parts restriction, anti-trust, anti-competitive and monopolistic practices. As of this date the DOJ/FTC refused to proceed accordingly to their statement above as they did in 1954 which caused the closing of approximately 34,000 independent watchmaker's businesses leaving approximately 4,000 watchmakers to service your watchesworking in the U.S !!!!!!!
Some more information about your local watchmakers and consumers:
Richemont group of companies:
Vacheron Constantin, Lange Sohne, Cartier, Panerai, Piaget, Lancel Paris, Van Cleef & Arpel, Monblanc, Chloe Paris, Roger Dupuis.
Swatch group of companies:
Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Jaquet Droz, Léon Hatot, Omega, Tiffany & Co., Longines, Rado, Union Glashütte, Tissot, ck watch & jewelry, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Hamilton, Swatch, Flik Flak, Endura and Tourbillon.
Audemars Piguet, Chopard, Dunhill, Bertolucci, Ebel, Hublot, Bulgary, Lange Sohne, Breitling,