The American Master Watchmaker
When not working on his own bespoke projects, Don services incredible watches, ranging from minute repeaters to chronographs. He also restores intricate timepieces that require special attention, recreating parts from scratch to make identical versions of the original components. At the same time, he currently is in charge of the North American Service Center for Louis Moinet—a brand that makes exceptional watches that range between $80,000 and $350,000.
Interview with Don Loke:
James Henderson -Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get involved in watch making?
Don Loke - An Idea popped into my head in 1974 to be a watchmaker. No one in my family is in this field. I had scholarships to colleges for springboard diving
but I turned them down as there were no jobs available. ...
The first DLoke watch model is a chronograph dress watch—an idea Don Loke stored in the back of his mind for decades—where the chronograph pushers are integrated into the case.
Inside the 5 ATM water-resistant titanium case is a dial with asymmetric sub-dials and ornately cut center hands resembling blades.
The rich blue details on the dial change color depending on the light, and there’s a crown at 9 o’clock to rotate the inner elapsed time bezel.
The limited edition D Loke dress chronographs run on chronometer-rated Quality #1 Concepto calibers, a hybrid Swiss movement based on the ETA Valjoux 7750.
Watch Repair: How it works
1) Fill out the contact form.
2) Receive a FREE Quote.
3) Send in your watch.
“Whether in production, manufacturing, distribution or retail, Don's knowledge and expertise lies not only in brand building throughout North America but also in being able to provide a first class after sales center.
A true asset to our industry and an extremely personable gentleman.”
“Donald has knowledge of restoration of ancient timepieces as well those modern. He is a true student of the craft and has never ceased to develop his knowledge. Donald can repair and/or appraise ancient timepieces as well as render appropriate repairs with time appropriate period machinery. Donald also has a great sense of aesthetics. His sense of design is impeccable. ”