Hoboken Watch Co. – Gone

8/4/2009 Update:

Forgot to update this a while ago – but the Hoboken Watch Company closed it’s doors sometime this past spring. However, one Hoboken411 reader reminded about this because…

Where is my Rolex??

missing rolex hoboken nj hoboken watch company fran 2 - Hoboken Watch Co. - Gone“Hello,

I’m a dedicated visitor to the site & love the service that you provide to Hoboken!

I was hoping that you could help me in hunting down Fran from Hoboken Watch Company. Last winter I took my Rolex in to Fran to have it serviced. Little did I know that Fran would be closing his doors with no way of contacting him about my watch!! I’ve had this watch for over 25 years now & cannot seem to track Fran down.

I just want my watch back and am unable to locate a forwarding address or new number for Fran.

I tend to believe that I am not the only Hoboken resident that is looking for their watch / jewelry…”

Does anyone know where Fran went? A forwarding number for Fran? Email address for Fran? If I say “Fran” one more time, would that set the record for the number of times “Fran” was said in one post? Haha! Fran-tastic!!

This reader said the watch was $6,000 new – and may still be worth around $4,000.

hoboken watch company doomed nj - Hoboken Watch Co. - Gone

Description – Watch sale & repair Closed shop sometime spring 2009
Address – 163 4th St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-963-3777

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elainetyger
elainetyger
Thursday, August 6, 2009 7:59 am

Remember the Italian barber shop that used to be here? Man, that was a fun place. The guy probably died of old age over a decade ago. He had a stack of magazines there older than my parents AND I AM NOT EXAGGERATING. One time while I was waiting for my husband and kid to get haircuts, I read a National Geographic article from the 1920s about how the US Mail had just put a couple of planes into service, so now you could get a letter from California to New York in 2 days. I don’t think the guy spoke too much English, so maybe it took him that long to get through the articles. Nice, nice guy though.

escaped68
escaped68
Reply to  elainetyger
Thursday, August 6, 2009 10:33 am

that was charlie the barber. He use to panic when stickball or 2 hand touch games started on the sidewalk in front of demarest he was always afraid a ball was going to cone through his window. So when a ballagme was going on it was not a good time to get a shave or a haircut.

In response to elainetyger who said:

Remember the Italian barber shop that used to be here? Man, that was a fun place. The guy probably died of old age over a decade ago. He had a stack of magazines there older than my parents AND I AM NOT EXAGGERATING. One time while I was waiting for my husband and kid to get haircuts, I read a National Geographic article from the 1920s about how the US Mail had just put a couple of planes into service, so now you could get a letter from California to New York in 2 days. I don’t think the guy spoke too much English, so maybe it took him that long to get through the articles. Nice, nice guy though.

jc5201
jc5201
Reply to  hoboken411
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 12:31 pm

Guess Fran has to wear another customers watch to the Dog wash opening!

In response to hoboken411 who said:

FYI – spoke with Fran yesterday – he still has the watch. He told me that before he was closing, he called all the customers to tell them that.

I sent the guy with the Rolex his email address so they could sort it out.

Tama Murden
Tama Murden
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:23 pm

Fran Totaro.
A watch-lover.
And a dog-lover

The Totaros of Marine View—not sure about Fran living there, though. But lots of kin.

He also has a gig w/the BOE, I recall.
Some kind of coach?
Estevens’ previous BOE posts would clarify.

I also recall he was a big Mason supporter in her commercials.

brash1
brash1
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 5:46 pm

I stopped in to get my watch repaired back in the Spring. The guy there told me not to bother and try somewhere else since he was moving to a new under-construction strip mall uptown (I believe 13 and Adams) and was closing down that location. I think he mentioned something about sharing a premises with another business.

cmboken
cmboken
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 5:26 pm

I had my battery replaced in my Tag and got it back the next day. He told me at the time he was moving locations. Uptown. It was 13th and adams.

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