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It is my attempt here to assist you in determining the feasibility of having your watch restored. Please read on, as so many of your questions will most likely be answered. Feel free to contact me if you need clarification on any aspect of my services and how it relates to your treasured mechanical watch. Our customers have been routinely overjoyed with our services and many have called it their best internet experience. We strive for just that.
With so many watches being produced in so many eras, with such differing technology, it is important for me to lay out for you, what watches we specialize in, and how we go about doing it.
In a sentence, we specialize in the restoration of mechanical wrist and pocket watches from the early teens to the mid 1960's. We offer no service of any type to any battery operated watches.
For your information, restorations of mechanical watches, being either manual wind or automatic, will fall into one of the following classification:
1. WATCH IN GOOD SHAPE. A quality manual wind wrist watch, that is in a condition where a standard servicing is all that is necessary, will result in our most affordable service. A total disassembly and thorough cleaning followed by reassembly, appropriate lubrication and final calibration will most times cost around $240. Your watch is returned looking and performing fantastic and safely send home via U.S.P.S Registered and insured in a new presentation quality gift box. For a more detailed look at potential servicing costs, please visit either my Wrist Watch Service link or Pocket Watch Service link and compare the known needs and characteristics of your watch to the list of services provided.
2. WATCH IN NEED OF PARTS: Should your watch need replacement parts such as a new crystal, crown, stem, etc. either because they are broken, missing, or rusted, we most likely have at our immediate disposal, the part that your watch needs, to successfully continue it's restoration. Most watch parts are rather affordable. For example most crowns are installed if necessary for under $50. Crystals for a little more than that. Mainsprings, about the same price. No monkey business, if your watch needs a part, I will explain it, and return to you, the broken part if applicable. I've no need to "sell" parts that you don't need. I'm a square shooter and you can count on my word. Most watch restorations that need a part or two will end up costing somewhere around $280. Understand however, that some replacement parts for mechanical watches, simply no longer exist. Again, For a more detailed look at potential servicing costs, please visit either my Wrist Watch Service link or Pocket Watch Service link and compare the known needs and characteristics of your watch to the list of services provided.
3. HIGH GRADE RESTORATION:
Watches such as Rolex, Piaget, Patek etc. are more expensive to work on. Why? It's more expensive to have a Mercedes automobile worked on than it is a 1965 Dodge Dart. The expense of parts and specialized tools accounts for this. The terms of every high grade watch restoration will be determined by exactly what watch it is, and what it mechanically needs. This service begins at $300. Complication means more time at the bench. If your watch is a chronograph, automatic day-date calendar, etc. These additional features simply need more attention.
4. SORRY, NOT OUR SPECIALTY.
It's forgivable and common that a potential customer contacts us regarding the restoration of their watch, and we have to politely decline. A. We don't work on any mechanical watch that was manufactured in England, Germany, or the Orient. We simply don't have the parts for such watches. B. We don't work on ANY battery operated watch. Such as Nike, Fossil, Swiss Army etc.
We don't want to work on every watch. We want to work on the best watches ever made. American and Swiss jeweled mechanical watches from the late 1800's to the mid 1900's. If you have one of these prized watches and are looking again to wear it daily, contact me. I will strive to make you as thrilled as so many of my customers have been. For a more detailed look at potential servicing costs, please visit either my Wrist Watch Service link or Pocket Watch Service link and compare the known needs and characteristics of your watch to the list of services provided.
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