Whether you're a dedicated collector or simply trying to get that old heirloom fixed, we know how to get these tiny and delicate engines running properly, so trust us with your grandfather's pocket watch for expert repairs that will take just a few days.
Do you want your antique pocket watch restored as close to factory-original as possible? We can do that.
You've researched your favorite models, bid on examples that caught your eye and spent the money to acquire each piece in your growing collection, so it makes no sense to ignore a century of accumulated "fixes" meant for a quick turnaround. Mismatched and incorrect parts belong nowhere on any mechanical device and do not weave the tapestry of your watch, so have it restored properly.
You wouldn't leave a Ford hubcap on a Chevy and call it part of the history of the car, would you?
Restorations starting at $145. Visit the Price Page for more info.
There are no corners to be cut if an accurate watch is the goal.
It takes a hundred close-tolerance parts working in unison with little room for error for these antiques to function correctly.
Broken parts, mismatched hands, and missing screws all detract from the beauty of your heirloom watch, so when it leaves here:
Enjoy this slideshow of repair and restoration highlights from years past.
Any fabricated staff starts with a drill stock blank in diameters from 0.5 mm up to 2.5 mm. Taking very precise measurements, the new staff is turned on the lathe. After sizing the pivots, the staff is polished with a burnisher and is ready for service.
Custom fabrication starting at $65/hour
An impact can easily break delicate pivots, and if that happens the staff can be trued up, the center found, and the hub drilled to precise dimensions. A new pivot is then fabricated to size and seated either by friction or by temperature inversion.
Re-pivoting starting at $125
Snarled hairsprings are caused by impatiently tugging at them while removing the balance assembly. They can become laced, where the stud becomes woven into the coils. If it's not a complete mess the hairspring can be untangled and reformed in a spiral.
Untangling starting at $65
Shellac is a naturally-occurring resin that is used to mount the roller jewel and both pallet stones, which absorb millions of impacts during their service life. It's very important that they be mounted correctly, and sometimes need to be reset.
Stone setting starting at $22
Machining jewel settings is a science in itself, since they're rarely a drop-in fit and so must be milled to spec from a blank or from an oversized setting. This is done to very close tolerances before the screw pockets can be cut in the cap jewel, if there is one. Care is always taken to preserve the color match, whether gold or brass.
Jewel replacement starting at $45
Cracks caused by careless hobbyists can be filled with new metal and milled back to original dimensions, assuming the alloy is nickel steel or steel-plated bronze. The nominal diameter of the set screw in the photograph on the right is 0.4 millimeters.
Micro-welding starting at $145
The components under the dial are every bit as important as the ones between the plates, and yet they often go ignored. All of the hardware on your watch will be cleaned and inspected, milled flat and polished, and repaired or replaced as needed.
Component prices and hourly rates apply
All case work is done during the restoration of the watch and is not offered as a separate service.
If your watch has a dazzling pattern, we can mill the back cover into a bezel, turning your vintage timepiece into an instant showpiece. Only certain types of cases make good candidates, so be sure to contact us first. If your current watchmaker doesn't offer this service then why are you still sending your pieces to him?
We only cut into cases that are worn or damaged.
Display conversions starting at $85
Nickel or silver watch cases can be polished up like new, unless there is ornate engraving. Gold cases shouldn't be buffed at all.
Case polishing starting at $25
New and NOS glass crystals are available in open face and hunter in all styles and thicknesses.
Crystals starting at $38
Crowns and bows wore out the quickest and are now getting very difficult to find, especially gold and gold-filled.
Starting at $35 if available
The pendant parts often go ignored for years but will be cleaned, adjusted and replaced if necessary.
Starting at $45 if available
All dial and cosmetic work is done during the restoration of the watch and none are offered as separate services.
Watch dials are fragile things made from porcelain, and like a mirror, once it's cracked it cannot be reversed. We offer basic repairs, although the dial has to be reasonably intact for us to have any kind of success. White porcelain dials only, please.
Dial refurbishing starting at $25
Harsh chemicals can scrub the enamel inlay from the plate engravings, so we offer enamel replacement in both black and the brick red found on several Illinois models. It's a very tedious and time-consuming process, but definitely worth it.
New enamel starting at $25
Wartime material shortages meant using acrylic for crystals, which yellowed and caused the hands to rust. If the hands on your watch aren't too pitted they can be polished out and returned to the factory colors of either plum or cobalt blue.
Hand coloring starting at $15
Nothing sets off the plates of a movement like blued hardware, and If your watch is missing a few blued screws we can give it back that factory look. Cap jewels, regulator arms, and even hairspring mounts can also be blued.
Hardware bluing starting at $15
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