As a 16 year old teen in East Germany, Guenter Beholz made the creative and challenging decision to master the art of fine mechanics with a concentration in watch making. As a young apprentice, he earned numerous degrees and was actually employed by the U.S. Army as a watch repairman while still in Germany, which ultimately brought him to the states. He has since followed his career path for over half a century and now is one of the rare jewelers who specializes in high end watch repairs at Beholz Jewelers in Downtown Fenton.
“When a customer comes into our store, the first thing we do is educate them about jewelry and watches.” According to Guenter,” They will see our “Old World” quality which is unsurpassed, our workmanship speaks for itself” The shop resembles a small German jewelry store, with a unique European flair. He does all the watch repair, restoration and jewelry repair and design on-site. “This is my passion,” Guenter says. Because his training is very specialized, he has the skills needed to make the special parts for your favorite antique watch that can never be replaced. From the newest Rolex to your grandfather’s vintage pocket watch, Guenter’s repair and renovation skills are highly sought out from clients all over the country.
Unlike most commercial jewelry stores, Guenter does all the work in-house, often taking in repairs and restorations from other jewelry stores who need a specialized repair. Guenter’s many years of craftsmanship are not limited to watch repair, he has also designed his own watch line, featuring the GAB logo. The exquisite hand-crafted watches have Swiss movements and are comparable to the popular TAG watches. In addition to the on-site jewelry and watch repair, they also create custom jewelry and bridal sets. Customers are often surprised by the amazing craftsmanship available under one small roof.
Before moving to Fenton, Guenter had a much larger location in Flint, but decided to downsize and move closer to many of their main clients. “We love this area and have gotten extremely involved with the community,” Guenter says. “We wanted an honest, family run business with no gimmicks and a business built on integrity and customer relationships.” They have experienced steady growth since their arrival in Fenton. Guenter’s daughter, Leeza, travels frequently to Europe and keeps him up to date on the latest trends.
The shop is conveniently located just steps away from the popular “Laundry” restaurant in the Dibbleville District of Downtown Fenton. You’ll often find Guenter in the shop working diligently with his talented and friendly apprentice, Reeny Sovel. His passion for the lost art of delicate watch renovations and his lifelong strong work ethic keep him happily busy in his little shop. Take a moment and stop in to see Guenter, he enjoys sharing intriguing stories of how he came to the states and is a joy to talk with. If you are lucky, perhaps you’ll even meet Bambi or Abby, one of the adorable tiny mascots who often oversee the shop while Guenter keeps things ticking.
Reposted from FentonBeCloser.com (June 2013)