These wonderful mechanical antiques need periodic cleaning and maintenance, and we've cleaned hundreds - the right way, the only way - so trust us with your treasured family heirlooms for expert servicing that will take just a few days.
If you carry your watches, then routine servicing is important. Organic and synthetic oils both start getting gummy after only a few years, requiring periodic maintenance. Running your watch beyond the service life of the lubricants will begin grinding up the pivots. You wouldn't go years without changing the oil in your car's engine, so why do it to your great-grandfather's watch?
COAs starting at $95. Visit the Price Page for more info.
The only way to do a proper COA is to completely disassemble the watch so it can be cleaned in solution using an ultrasonic. Inspection of all parts comes before reassembly with synthetic oils, followed by checks on the balance wheel, mainspring and gear train, and finally, accuracy testing on the digital master.
There is a vast difference between a dunking and a full cleaning.
COAs are not just about changing the oils. It also means examining every component for correct fit and hidden issues:
Find out how your watch should perform after years of 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. We only cut into cases that are worn or damaged.
Display conversions starting at $75
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
Crowns and bows wore out the quickest and are now getting very difficult to find, especially gold and gold-filled.
Starting at $30 if available
The stem and sleeve often go ignored for years and will be cleaned and adjusted or replaced if necessary.
Pendant parts starting at $45
New and NOS glass crystals are available in open face and hunter in all styles and thicknesses.
Crystals starting at $35
All dial and cosmetic work is done during the servicing 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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