Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun, closed
B, D at Grand St.
Having served New Yorkers for more than half a century, Sal Bracco is indisbutably one of downtown’s longest-running master watch repairmen. A certified watchmaker since 1951, Bracco does all repairs himself, right in front of the client; mechanical help comes in the form of a ultrasound cleaning machine, a timing machine for calibration, and three quartz testers. In addition to timepieces, the inventory includes a solid selection of leather watchbands or “straps” (no metal bands on the premises) and a smattering of antique fob chains for the pocket-watches Bracco gladly repairs. Though the shop serves everyone from locals to ladies from the Upper East Side looking for a deal, don’t bother bringing in a Timex or Casio—Bracco doesn’t like to waste time on “cheap” watches. The shop, which enjoys a cheerfully obsessive level of cleanliness, is sited upstairs in the Exchange, behind the Jeweler’s Café.