Through the doors of Swiss-Time, located in the vacation paradise of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, lies a precise, old-world environment full of melodious chimes and the gentle ticking of fine mechanical watches. It is a world in which Swiss Master Watchmaker Peter D. Baier, DMS Horologist, is most at home.
Peter, the son of a German mother and Swiss father, comes by his vocation naturally. Also a master watchmaker, Peter's father began his formal training in the art at the young age of 14. Trained in both Switzerland and Germany, Peter knows that it takes true dedication to become Certified Master Watchmaker in Europe. As he will happily tell you, "In Europe it is a four year training and apprentice program, with no shortcuts, where students learn how to make watch and clock parts, perform repairs and adjust and regulate all types of time pieces."
After completing his extensive training in Europe, Peter worked for some of the finest jewelers in Switzerland, Germany and New York, where he developed a particular affinity for Rolex watches. Peter finally settled down in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and it was there that he designed the "Orbit" watch. The watch became very popular and Peter set up a complete manufacturing facility producing 1000 watches per day. Of particular pride is the fact that he also trained up to 10 local students per year in the art of watchmaking and repairs.
The urge to move struck Peter again and he settled in Hilton Head Island in 1982, where he resides today. Peter has maintained his worldwide contacts and can obtain virtually any quality timepiece currently available on the market at competitive prices. As Hilton Head Island's only Certified Master Watchmaker, Peter can provide complete repair services in his state of the art repair facility located on the premises. This allows for a quick servicing turn around compared to the 4 to 8 weeks wait experienced when a watch has to be "sent to the factory," or to another outside repair service.
"People who own fine watches don't want to be without them for extended periods of time. I can service all brand name watches and can satisfy my customers' needs for replacement watchstraps, bracelets, crystals and batteries." - Peter D. Baier, DMS
Peter has also formed long standing relationships with customers who first came to Hilton Head Island for vacation, and who were so impressed with Peter's professionalism and craftsmanship that they continue to purchase new or pre-owned fine timepieces while sending their watches to Peter for service.
In addition to service and repair, Swiss-Time offers an impressive inventory of fine new and pre-owned watches including some rare pieces such as the Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona Cosmograph and limited production masterpiece Patek Phillipe watches that sell upwards of $165,000! Swiss-Time concentrates on fine Swiss watches, but also has an extensive inventory of more affordable watches from Victorinox Swiss Army and other quality manufacturers.