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WatsonSecurityLogo_Type2Bert Sampson arrived in the Puget Sound and found work as the key cutter for Sears in Tacoma. After working there for several years, he started his own company in 1958 called the Renton Key Shop. He started out on the corner of Rainier Avenue and Grady Way in Renton, Washington. His primary business was simply cutting keys. As business continued to grow for Bert, he knew he wanted to be more than just a key shop. He was always fascinated by learning new things and so he continually worked on adding to his technician’s knowledge.

Over time, he had added a number of additional skills and services including lock sales, installation, and service because of his passion for the security and safety of the clientele. He was great at being able to listen to the needs of the customers and adapt services to meet these needs. This was one of the reasons he was so well respected and known. Because of this focus on the customer and finding new ways to help keep his “customers stay safe”, Rob Watson decided to purchase the business from Bert.

Rob was looking for just this type of organization because he too was focused heavily on the customer and had a passion for security. Rob became the owner in 1997, adding electronic security to the mix. Renton Key Shop changed its name in 2000 to Watson Security to better represent the additional electronic security products and services and to continue the original commitment to serve our customers.

151 Rainier Avenue South  ♦  Renton, WA 98057 (LOCATION MAP)

425-226-2925  ♦  Fax 425-226-7362

HOURS:  8:30am – 5:00pm  ♦  Monday – Friday

(Emergency Services available 24/7)


Argens_Logo---single-logoJeff Argens and Rob Watson have had a working relationship for many years. Between 1987 and 1997 Rob worked for the largest wholesale security hardware distributor in the nation and had the privilege of working closely with Jeff and the Argens team. Rob was onsite at Argens at least twice a month providing customer service, technical support, new product and industry information, new programs, and business consulting. It was during those years that Jeff and his team got to know Rob and his commitment to quality customer service and deep concern for the customer’s wellbeing. Since 1997 Rob has owned and operated Watson Security and is providing a high level of service to customers in the greater Seattle area and with multiple service locations. Jeff Argens main concern has always been that Argens customers are taken care of at the highest level possible.

When it came time to choose another company to serve the Argens customer base it was a clear choice for Jeff to pick Watson Security. Watson Security is the largest Locksmith Company in the Seattle area, offers all of the same products and services the customers are accustomed to, has the closest service center to support the Argens customer base, and his high level of confidence in Watson Security’s ability to provide the same service that the Argens customers have come to expect over the past decades.

If you are currently an Argens Customer or have been one in the past, we should have your records and can easily and quickly continue serving you since we have acquired Argens assets including their records. See the contact information below to get in touch with us as we are set up and ready to serve you with highest level of customer experience in the industry. WELCOME TO WATSON SECURITY where we love our customers…


Nyberg Locksmiths logoThe Nyberg family founded Nyberg Locksmiths in 1921 with the desire to provide downtown Seattle with excellent customer service in providing lock, key, and safes products and service. Over the 89 years taking care of the customers has been the key to success. Nyberg Lock is a key business in the Bell Town neighborhood as well as all of downtown Seattle. Rob Watson purchased Nyberg Locksmiths in 2006 to service the Seattle City core and the long history of customer service fits in with Rob’s company philosophy.

2106 3rd Avenue  ♦  Seattle, WA 98121 (LOCATION MAP)

206-448-5625  ♦  Fax 206-728-8806

HOURS:  8:00am – 5:00pm  ♦  Monday – Friday

(Emergency Services available 24/7)


Lockworks in Redmond has been a well known and established full locksmith service company – serving the Redmond and other communities for many years.  Watson Security recently took over the operations and all phone lines and communications will now be centralized through Watson Security.  We did not want the customers who were accustomed to having a local locksmith available to be left without this valuable support in this area.  We have made the transfers and now anyone calling the Redmond Lockworks number will be transferred directly to Watson Security where we can immediately respond and take care of these customers.

16510 Redmond Way  ♦  Redmond, WA 98052 (LOCATION MAP)

425-883-3334 ♦  Fax 425-861-9085

HOURS:  8:30am – 5:00pm  ♦  Monday – Friday

(Emergency Services available 24/7)


In 1972 AAA LockSmith opened in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area. The company has earned a reputation of providing quality service and became very well known in Seattle. In 2010 AAA LockSmith joined Watson Security to enhance the product and service offering to his clientele. AAA LockSmith relocated to and is now consolidated into Watson Security’s Nyberg Lock location to provide extended hours, increased customer service, and an expanded product and service offering.

2106 3rd Avenue  ♦  Seattle, WA 98121 

206-325-1515 ♦  Fax 206-325-4269

HOURS:  8:00am – 5:00pm  ♦  Monday – Friday

(Emergency Services available 24/7)

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