Family business takes time to focus on uncommon specialty


The sounds of clock hands ticking and the occasional chiming of grandfather clocks fill the shop off of Parmer Lane owned by John Fuller.

Fuller opened his current location of Time Masters five years ago but has repaired timepieces in the Austin area for the past 32 years.

“There’s such a demand for watch repairmen that you could take a watch repairman and put a blindfold on him, put him in an airplane and fly him over the country and he could jump out, walk to the first jewelry store he sees and get a job,” Fuller said. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 2,130 watch repairers employed in the country.

Fuller runs the shop with the help of his wife and daughter, who makes her own clocks and transports grandfather clocks for repair at the shop. His granddaughter is also learning the trade, Fuller said.

Most of Fuller’s customers come to the store to have watches repaired, the majority of which are in need of new batteries, Fuller said. He charges $5 to replace a battery and said he goes through roughly 2,000 batteries each month.

On weekdays Fuller opens the store at noon and closes at 5, spending the mornings and evenings doing repairs.

“I just do the same thing every day, and people seem to like it,” Fuller said.

Time Masters also sells an assortment of clocks and watches as well as candles and home decor. All of the items are priced with tax included, so a customer pays only the amount on the price tag.

Time Masters
10526 W. Parmer Lane, Bldg. 4, Ste. 411, Austin
Hours: Tue.-Fri. noon-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.

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Kirby Killough
Kirby Killough joined Community Impact after working in broadcast news. She is currently the editor for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition of Community Impact.
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