You've found the home of American Timekeeper, the best place for vintage pocket watch repair and restoration.
If you're interested in getting your heirloom timepiece running again, then check if it's a model that we accept.
Don Plambeck is a nice gentleman from Nebraska who owns a jewelry store and has been carefully collecting pocket watches for years. I've spoken with him several times and have bought a few of his watches.
In July of 2020, he consigned his impressive and extensive collection with the respected Harris auction house in Iowa in the hopes that his many pieces would find new homes with other dedicated collectors.
Disgustingly, most of Don's collection was bought by Flippers - useless, greedy and thoroughly untalented assholes - who promptly gutted all those watches into their primary components and listed them on eBay.
Novices swarm to buy their ruined leftovers, providing a market for bits and pieces. DO THE MATH, and you'll realize that you'll pay three times as much to reassemble the scattered parts than you would an original combination, and the only ones benefiting from this are these jerks.
Get the best performance from your heirloom timepiece by making sure that every component of it is completely correct. We'll have it running just like it did the day it left the factory.
Keep your watches running smoothly and accurately by having them serviced regularly. Proper care will extend their lifespan by preventing wear and tear of delicate components.
Now that your collection has grown it's time to show off your watches in a handsome custom-made display case, built to your design specs with your choice of finishes and hardware.
Prevent your antique gold watch from hitting the floor with a supple leather strap, hand-woven from top-grain stock. Complement your look with any combination of styles and colors.
If you've never held an antique watch in your hand before, then this is the place to start. Get tips on helping to identify it, learn some of the basics like winding and setting, how to open it, and what not to do.
Find out what jewels were used for, the different types of settings, what they were made from, where on the watch they were located, and best of all - how to determine jewel count just by looking at the watch.
Learn the basics of dial construction and all of the different types of materials involved, see the experimental and innovative layouts, and enjoy a section devoted to fancy dials and private labels with logos.
Take it a step further and read up on railroad standards, movement sizes, configuration styles, stopworks and mainsprings, the different types of plate finishes, escapements, dial requirements, and more.