Mr. C Watch & Clock Repair has been fixing timepieces in Bellaire since 1995

Adelaida and Homero Capetillo have co-owned and run the repair shop since 1995. (Photos by Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Adelaida and Homero Capetillo have co-owned and run the repair shop since 1995. (Photos by Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Adelaida and Homero Capetillo have co-owned and run the repair shop since 1995. (Photos by Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Homero Capetillo analyzes a broken-down timepiece at his shop. (Hunter Marrow/ Community Impact)
Image description
Homero Capetillo leans in to take a closer look at the timepiece's mechanisms.(Hunter Marrow/ Community Impact)
Image description
Adelaida Capetillo removes the hands from a clock she is repairing.(Hunter Marrow/ Community Impact)
Mr. C Watch & Clock Repair has been a family-involved business since its inception.

That has been consistent from its start on Bellaire’s east side to its current location, said Kira Carroll, whose mother and father, Adelaida and Homero Capetillo, have co-run the repair shop since 1995.

“It’s a passion that we all have,” Carroll said.

The idea for the shop did not come until after 1986, when Homero graduated from Houston Technical College with a diploma in horology, the study of time and making timepieces. He also earned a certification in 1985 from the Omega SA watch company and would later become a member of the American Watchmakers Institute.

Homero heard about the opportunity from a member of the family’s church. The future horologist had just been laid off by Brown & Root Industrial Services, where he welded on offshore oil rigs.


The horologist worked at a local watch shop for several years before deciding on going solo.

The shop has since focused on providing consistent quality, though there have been product additions, such as jewelry.

The owners had also considered moving away from clock repair because of the time and effort but decided against it because of customer demand.

“We get people to come here through word of mouth because we provide good service,” Carroll said.

The shop has adapted in other areas, such as with remodels in 2001 from Tropical Storm Allison flooding and a break-in a few years ago.

Homero’s son, Homer Capetillo II, is slated to take over in the future. He is also a horologist who graduated with a certification from Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program in 2014. He was the first in the family to attain that professional distinction. The aim is to keep the shop family-run because of its importance to the Capetillos.

“You don’t just wake up one day and decide, ‘Oh I want to be a horologist,’” Carroll said.

Mr. C Watch & Clock Repair

5210 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire

713-664-9700

www.mrcwatchrepair.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


MOST RECENT

Final renderings of the O’Quinn Medical Tower. (Courtesy Baylor St. Luke’s)
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center ‘tops out’ concrete structure, marks milestone for upcoming medical tower

The O’Quinn Medical Tower will also be part of the expanding McNair Campus.

Residents of the Spring Village apartment complex in southwest Houston are being relocated to allow the city of Houston to demolish the complex for detention. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Resident relocations ongoing as Houston preps to demolish flood-prone apartment complex near Westbury

Relocating the residents will cost the city an estimated $1.5 million.

plumbing
Houston approves residential water rate increase after delays, contentious vote

Houston’s residential water rates will increase Sept. 1, City Council approved in a 12-4 vote June 23.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research released its 2021 State of Housing for Harris County and Houston report on June 22. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kinder Institute 2021 State of Housing report highlights rental squeeze for lower, middle-income households

As of 2019, one in every 11 renters in Harris County had an eviction notice posted to their door; one in every 25 renter households were also evicted.

Bellagreen will open its first carryout- and delivery-only restaurant Aug. 2. (Courtesy bellagreen)
Bellagreen sets opening date for new Galleria-area location

This limited-footprint model will allow guests to pick up Bellagreen’s cuisine through an on-the-go experience, accepting individual and catering orders.

The craft beer industry is growing in the Greater Houston area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Greater Houston area's craft brewery count grows 344% since 2013

According to NAI Partners, the Greater Houston area has 71 craft breweries.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special legislative session will begin July 8. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces special legislative session to start July 8

Agenda items will be announced before the session begins, according to a release from the governor's office.

The Bellaire City Council is considering a specific use permit that will allow Bellaire Church of Christ to construct new parking on the northern portion of 8001 South Rice Avenue. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bellaire City Council considers new Church of Christ parking lot

The proposal, which faces opposition from several homeowners, could be further deliberated by the council on July 19 before a permit is approved or denied.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Hospital system reports 2.2% positivity rate, down 13% year to date

COVID-19 patient numbers at medical center hospitals are down to 309 from the over 2,000 patients those same hospitals were housing in January.

The text of General Order No. 3, which Gordon Granger issued from Galveston in June 1865 to explicitly liberate enslaved Black Texans, runs across the bottom of the mural. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
‘I am filled’: Houston-Galveston area celebrates first Juneteenth as federal holiday

See how local policymakers, historians, artists and philanthropists honored the Juneteenth holiday at its birthplace with the dedication of a 5,000-square-foot mural.

The Texas Central rail connection from Dallas to Houston will feature a bullet train similar to this one. (Courtesy Texas Central Partners/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Supreme Court declines to review high-speed rail case, freeing company up to use eminent domain

Texas Central, the company looking to build a 236-mile high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas, has been given a big win in an ongoing legal battle over whether the company is legally recognized as a "railroad company" under state law.