Owner. Watchmaker. Enthusiast.
Watchmaking has been a tradition in the Ziegenbein family for at least 4 generations. Turning Back Time continues this family tradition with Jason Ziegenbein, 4th generation watchmaker. Our service center in Tulsa, Oklahoma exists to serve you by providing professional, expert watch servicing and restoration. Full restoration and parts manufacture for vintage pieces is our specialty. We deliver the same passion and attention to detail on modern watches as well, mechanical or quartz.
My grandfather, Paul Ziegenbein Sr. was a watchmaker, a gemologist, and business owner. Growing up, he shared stories of his shop, previous generations of watchmakers in the family, and his love of watchmaking. Starting at age 16, I kept the tradition going. My first watchmaking job was at a busy vintage shop in Houston, TX. At 18, I underwent an intensive, 3000 hour Watchmaking and Micro-Instrumentation program at Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee, where I also met my wife. Graduating with my Associates in Applied Science and WOSTEP certification, I went back to the bench focusing on vintage and high-end luxury pieces for stores in several states. While working at the bench I attained my CW21 before returning to OSU - Okmulgee as a Watchmaking instructor. At OSU, I reworked the entire watchmaking curriculum to focus on the needs of the American watchmaker to include case and bracelet refinishing, customer service, the business side, and more applicable micromechanics. I reinforced traditional, old-world craftsmanship through projects that included hand-made tools and movement parts such as stems, bushings, and bridges. I developed and produced the 23-11, a movement I designed in CAD, programmed in CAM, made with CNC, and hand finished. At OSU, we raised the quality of the internationally recognized watchmaking program such that many of our graduates are now in leadership positions within top brands and stores. Continuing on to pursue my goals of opening my own workshop, Turning Back Time was created to service and preserve the timepieces that we love. Today, my grandfather’s clock from his store in Norfolk, Nebraska hangs in my own shop serving as a reminder of the past as I get to pass down the tradition and love of watchmaking to my daughters.
When it has to be right, call upon us to take care of your trusted timepieces.