Sutton Clock Shop
218 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
The Sutton Clock Shop is fascinating store that literally runs on time. It is one of the few shops in New York that is strictly for watch repair and sales. When you walk into the store, the walls are lined with clocks of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. They work on modern clocks with the same precision and care as they would an antique or grandfather clock.
In the front of the store, there are case lines of antique curios and bric-a-brac that includes pieces of jewelry, small table pieces and decor items all displayed with gentle care to show their beauty. The prices are very fair as well depending on the piece. This is run by Knud’s wife, Sonia Laws, who takes special pride in the small trinkets of elegance that line the cases. It is a good place to look for that one of kind gift.(The Blogger notes that he even bought a small turtle pin as a gift for his own mother that was quite unique and special).
Walking amongst the merchandise and the ongoing repairs coming in and out of the store, it reminds me a magical wizard’s shop. It is fun to just walk in and look around. Even from the front of the store, there is something special about its location and signage that just lures you in, wondering what is going on in a clock shop.
With it’s old-fashioned feel it is still is a modern business and in a time of cell phones and automatic watches, where many people not even wearing wrist watches anymore (let alone know how to tell time), it is a throwback to a much different time when specialized repairs took time and a special eye for detail makes a difference on how the merchandise will work. Time and care is the specialty here.
Sutton Clock Shop, which began as a pawn shop in the 1940’s, has been an Upper East Side institution for over 60 years. The shop’s founder, Knud Christenson, acquired his clock knowledge in his home country of Denmark and brought his talents to America in the late 1940’s. He joined Kay Yeagar, who owned the pawn shop, Sutton Trading Shop and began to focus the business on clock repair in a tiny loft at 139 East 61st Street.
Knud’s youngest son, Sebastian Laws, a lifelong apprentice, who was always looking over his father’s shoulder as he worked at his bench, officially came on board in the late 1980’s. Knud and Sebastian worked side by side for two decades until Knud, well into his 90’s,retired, leaving the business to Sebastian. In 2016, the shop relocated to a larger space at 218 East 82nd Street in 2015 and has expanded its services to include sales as well as clock and barometer repair. House calls are available if you would prefer an onsite visit.
With decades of experience in clock and barometer repair, Sutton Clock will give you a free estimate when you bring the Clock or Barometer to us. House calls are also available. Repair times will vary depending on both the type of repair and parts required. At the time of the estimate, a window for repair time will also be provided.
Sutton Clock repairs all types of Barometers including Aneroid Barometers as well as Mercurial Barometers. Barometer repairs that require tube replacements of any size will be handled by a specialist who hand blows glass tubes. These repairs include: Barometer Pediments, Barometer Thermometers, Barometer Looking Glass, Barometer Bezels, Barometer hands, Barometer Glass beveled, convex with or without center hole for setter, replaced and/restored. Damaged cases can be repaired by our wood maker artisans.
If you would prefer to have your clock repaired in your home, house calls can be scheduled by calling (212) 758-2260. If your clock can not be fixed during the house call, you will receive an estimate for the cost of the repair and the clock will be returned to your home when the work is complete.
(Sutton Clock Shop website)