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Meet William Gesswein Sr. of The Clock Doctor & Music Box Co. in Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to William Gesswein Sr.

William, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I purchased a clock for my wife while I was stationed in Bitburg Germany with the United States Air Force. When I tried to repair the clock, I quickly found out I had no idea what I was doing. After many, many hours and many, many failed attempts, I finally repaired the clock and at that moment, I was bitten by the clock bug. In 1960 I opened a clock shop with a colleague in Germany. I was transferred to The Air Force Academy in Colorado for a teaching position, I again opened a clock shop. After retiring from the Air Force, and one too many snowy Colorado winters, I moved my family and my clock shop to Scottsdale Arizona in 1982.

Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest obstacle for anyone operating a clock, watch and music box repair business is finding competent repair people. There are very few schools and training facilities in the U.S. that teach watch and clock repair. It’s imperative that young people receive proper training so that the art of Horology continues in the future.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We sell and repair clocks, watches and music boxes. We have hundreds of clocks to choose from. We have Grandfather clocks, wall clocks, mantle clocks, desk clocks, cuckoo clocks and alarm clocks. We carry Howard Miller, Ridgeway, Hermle, Bulova, Seiko, Rhythm, Comitti, Day Clocks, Pendulux, River City, Kieninger, Black Forest, and Schneider. We have a large selection of new and antiques clocks. We carry also carry many brands of watches: Seiko, Giorgio Milano, Citizen, Bulova, Zepplin, and Junker of Germany as well as a selection of restored previously owned watches and pocket watches.

We carry Ercolano Italian inlay music boxes. We specialize in the repair and restoration of antique clocks and watches and music boxes.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Scottsdale is a great place for a business. There is a diverse population from all over the world and there are many exciting places to visit and explore.

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