Sai Kung’s Watch Repairer

SAM_4300_RTWatch repairer Mr Shek spares a minute for Melody Liu and Tim Ma.

I was 10 years old when I began my career as a watch mechanic, following my mentor as his apprentice. The training lasted several years. I’ve been in watch repair and retail for 40 to 45 years now. I own a clothing shop as well.

Though business has died down these past few years, I try to help where possible. I’ve been doing a bit of retailing for some brands. But my household mainly depends on the sales of clothes right now.

Brands are becoming smarter. Parts aren’t sold anymore so that companies can monopolize the repair business for themselves.

I’ve lived in Sai Kung my entire life. To be honest, I don’t think it’s going to change much – the population will grow much larger, but as the highways and roads don’t expand quickly enough, Sai Kung development will not be big. Real change takes time.

Sai Kung is becoming more western. The new international school that just opened [Hong Kong Academy] is going to further that trend. Not that I mind westerners at all, they’re friendly and some are my customers. I appreciate that they support local businesses like mine. And speaking simple English is quite easy.

Business is consistent all week – people think it only gets good on the weekends.

When my children graduate from university, I’ll be able to retire! Mr Shek’s watch repair booth is at the rear of his clothes shop in Ko Fu Building, Fuk Man Road, near the Village kebab shop.

Mr Shek’s watch repair booth is at the rear of his clothes shop in Ko Fu Building, Fuk Man Road, near the Village kebab shop

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