East and West Coast lock-downs force watch and jewelry stores to close


Westime closed all of its stores at the end of last week as the Coronavirus pandemic brought California to a standstill.

Hing Wa Lee in Los Angeles says it has closed its for a month from March 20 following the Safe at Home Order issued by county officials.

Both are expected to continue with online and concierge services.


“While our doors are closed, we remain committed to assisting our customers as best we can remotely. To that end, our phone line (310) 260-6040 and general email info@westime.com remain open and monitored during normal business hours. In addition, we can arrange for in-person appointments and delivery of your purchases,” a statement from Westime says.

Seattle-headquartered Ben Bridge Jewelers closed its doors on March 17, and has also suspended ecommerce activities so its staff do not have to travel to work.

“To do our part in slowing the spread of the virus, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our Pandora owned and operated by Ben Bridge Jeweler and our Ben Bridge Jeweler store locations through March 31, 2020, effective at 6 pm local time, on March 17th. At the end of these two weeks, we will re-evaluate to ensure opening our doors is the safest decision for all,” a statement on the Ben Bridge website says.

“We understand that you may have questions and we are here for you. Please contact our customer service at 1-888-448-1912 should you have immediate needs,” it adds.

On the East Coast, New York State, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut are in lock down, so all watch and jewelry stores are believed to be closed.

Many jewelers are moving ahead of official moves to force people into their homes.

Fink’s Jewelers, which has 11 stores in Virginia and North Carolina, told its customers doors were closing on March 17.

In Dallas, Bachendorf said yesterday that is will close its doors.

“To our valued customers, family and friends. We recognize that this is an unprecedented and uncertain time for everyone. In response to the current situation and to protect the health and safety of our staff and community we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close all Bachendorf’s locations. We are available to you via email, social media, and text. Please be safe and healthy,” the company says in a statement on Twitter.

In Florida, where bars, beaches and restaurants have been ordered to close, the largest chain, Mayors, has closed all stores as part of a world-wide shut down by its parent company The Watches of Switzerland Group.


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