Hundreds of wristwatches fill the tiny store, the place three generations have repaired Iraq’s oldest timepieces.
The dusty show window on Rasheed Road incorporates a single row of basic watches of their felt packing containers proper on the entrance, with a mountain of haphazardly piled items behind it and others hanging from hooks overhead.
Inside, there are watches in plastic buckets on the ground, packed in cardboard packing containers on cabinets and stuffed into suitcases.
In a far nook, behind an outdated picket desk, 52-year-old Abdelkarim is hunched over an vintage piece.
Abdelkarim started fixing watches on the age of 11, after the demise of his paternal grandfather, who opened the shop within the 1940s.
His grandfather had already handed the commerce onto his son, who started to show Youssef.
He suspects he even mounted a chunk that belonged to Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein.
“It was a uncommon watch dropped at me by the presidential palace, with Saddam’s signature on the again,” he recalled.
A lot has modified since then. Folks swapped their analogue wristwatches for digital fashions, then dropped all of them collectively for smartphones.
However Abdelkarim insists an authentic timepiece will not be a factor of the previous.
“A person’s magnificence begins along with his watch. And his footwear.”