Meet DR. TIME

Dr. Time is David Dettmann, son of Richard & Marjorie Dettmann who were the original owners of the shop.  Dave was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1961. His parents were far from rich, living in a small apartment on the east side.  His father worked in a furniture store during the day and at the local brewery at night.  This afforded them just enough money to get by, as the minimum wage at that time was 85 cents an hour.  They moved several times over the next 5 years living in places from Waupaca, Wisconsin to Fargo, North Dakota, and finally ended up in Wausau, Wisconsin in the fall of 1966.  In 1979 Dave graduated from Wausau East high school, and 30 days later enrolled in the “Horology” course which was taught at M.A.T.C. of Milwaukee. 

     The unabridged dictionary describes horology as: “ho-ro-o-gy:  The art or science of making timepieces or of measuring time.” The term originated in 1810 from the Latin word “Horo” which means time, and although it doesn’t sound like a word you’ve heard before, you are familiar with it in words like “Horoscope”.

     Under his instructor, world-renowned horologist and watchmaker Gerald C. Jaeger, Dave learned more about clock repair than 99% of other self-proclaimed clock repairmen in the United States.  He also was schooled in watch repair and jewelry making. Wishing to excel at clock repair, his instructor modified the course for him alone and focused on advanced clock repair techniques instead of furthering his watch & jewelry making skills.  His clock customers would later become the beneficiary of this.  After he graduated from the school in 1980 he returned to Wausau where he took over repairs at his parent’s retail store, the “Fine Clock Shop”, and then went on to buy the repair department re-naming it “Dettmann’s Clock Service” in 1982.

     In 1985 he opened “Buried Treasure Jewelers”, a fine jewelry store located next to the Fine Clock Shop.  He sold every type of jewelry and offered a full jewelry repair service at discount prices.  He ran the jewelry store for 3 years, but his love was clock repair, so he closed in 1988 and concentrated on his true expertise.  You see, by 1986 his customer base had grown state-wide, with repairs coming in from as far as 200 miles away.  His customers started calling him “Dr. Time”, so in 1989 he changed the name and opened his own store at 1015 Wausau Ave. called “Dr. Time’s Clock & Gift Shoppe”, where he specializing in repairs of all kinds, sales of used clocks, and Black Hills Gold. 

     In 1994 his parents decided to retire and move to Florida, so Dave bought the family business and he and his wife Wendy ran it from 1994 thru December of 2005, after which he closed the store and also moved to Florida.

     Residing in Cape Coral, part of the Fort Myers area, Dave instantly became a hit with several jewelry stores who regularly refer him business, and has branched out his service call radius to include Punta Gorda, Bonita Springs and Naples, although he still keeps close ties with Wisconsin and makes an annual trip there every year to perform service for the customers that are willing to wait.  Dave is “The Expert” in clock repair.