I keep on coming back to read my own drivel here above when I am googling for "Taipei watch repair". Well, I have an older Swiss watch (2000ish) with a nice ETA Valjoux 7750 clockwork (Automatic chronograph) and it stopped working. The local watchband/battery-changer shop with some cheap Quartz watches opened it up, fiddled a bit about and then said one part (I guess he meant in the clockwork) would be broken. He did not seem to be able to order any parts - the excuse being it would be "Swiss". Seemingly a rather exotic origin for a watch for him; watchmaking mountain tribes are not well known in the back streets of NeiHu.
Anyways he advised me to go to the watch brand reps. That would be Breil, an Italian Swiss-made brand. Of course every watchmaker should be able to source ETA parts, as ETA has almost a monopoly on non-Asian automatics.
Breil is represented by Fossil in Taiwan, which is rather a buzz killer as Fossil has only cheapish Quartz watches. So I guess I will try a local "better" watch store which has a large selection of fake Italian Quartz watches going by the name Milano (a Taiwan brand actually) and some Rosdenton watches. Another Taiwan brand which has a selection of ETA-powered automatics as well.
I will post my experience here later in case someone ever googles "Taiwan watch repair". My bets are: The shop will most likely only know how to source from Rosdenton and will have no idea how to gets parts for a standard ETA drive despite its rather professional appearance. Let's see how that goes. Or will the clerk only giggle when seeing a foreigner?
Next step would be going to a local HAMILTON rep shop. HAMILTON is ETA/swatch group as well. Visiting it, I could wear my Hamilton watch for psychological reasons.