Whether you're a longtime enthusiast with a large collection or simply trying to get that old family heirloom fixed, we know how to get these tiny and delicate engines running properly.
We offer a range of specialized restoration services that you won't find anywhere else, 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.
Broken parts, mismatched hands, and missing screws all detract from the value and beauty of your heirloom timepiece, so when it leaves here every component will be matching and correct, a new mainspring and crystal installed, the dial whitened, and the case degreased in a chemical bath.
Restorations starting at $95
Do you enjoy carrying your watches? Routine servicing is important.
The movement is completely disassembled and all the parts are cleaned in an ultrasonic bath. Checks are performed on the balance wheel, gear train, and mainspring. Reassembly using synthetic oils is next, followed by positional accuracy testing on the digital master.
COAs starting at $75
Do you have a rare movement that you'd like to show off or a favorite daily carry watch with an eye-catching pattern? We can mill the caseback into a bezel, add a glass crystal and turn your watch into a showpiece and a great conversation-starter.
There are certain types of cases make good candidates, so be sure to contact us first. Only cases with swing-rings or ones with threaded covers can be converted, meaning any case with hinges or a dust cover (including hunters) cannot be machined. Additionally, we only cut into cases that are fairly worn, are dented or damaged, or have incomprehensible initials or inscriptions.
Display conversions starting at $65
Having a fuel gauge is a handy thing, and that is precisely what the 4th hand on a wind-indicator displays - how much run time is left on an unspooling mainspring. Only a few American companies produced high-grade indicator watches, so finding parts is often difficult.
Wind-indicator work starting at $195
Chronographs combine a stopwatch with a pocket watch by incorporating a center sweep hand that counts off the seconds, providing a method for timing an event.
Chronograph work starting at $195
Although verge fusees are centuries old and could never approach the accuracy of the anchor pallet escapement, they are able to keep time to within minutes per day.
Fusee restorations starting at $165
We carry drill stock in sizes up to 2.5 mm.
Roughing out a balance staff on the lathe.
Custom fabrication starting at $65/hour
The finished staff ready for installation.
Did you send your family heirloom to a hobbyist and it came back damaged? We can help.
Cracks can be filled with new metal and milled back to original dimensions, assuming the alloy is nickel steel or steel-plated bronze, but we cannot do gilt plates because of the color difference. The nominal diameter of the set screw in the photograph on the right is 0.4 millimeters.
Micro-welding starting at $145
An impact or rough handling can easily break delicate pivots, and if that happens the staff can be trued up, the center found, and the hub drilled to a precise depth and diameter. A new pivot is then fabricated to size and seated either by friction or by temperature inversion.
Re-pivoting starting at $125
Badly bent pivots can usually be coaxed back to straight, even if the steel is hardened. They can then be trued up, any burrs milled out, and then polished out and returned to service. Understand that there is always a risk of breaking and that it's a secondary option to re-staffing.
Pivot straightening starting at $45
Cap jewels are responsible for precise endshake and provide rebound surfaces for the pivots.
The jewel on the left is clearly undersized and well below the plate surface. Cap stones with special dimensions can be replaced by turning a blank to size and milling the screw pockets to the correct depth. Add a witness mark and the result is the jewel on the right.
Jewel milling starting at $65
A cracked hairspring collet is always a sign of sloppy work and is caused by hammering it onto a balance staff that's way too large.
After carefully removing the ruined collet, the hairspring can be transferred to a replacement with a newly-fabricated taper pin, allowing the factory original to remain with the watch.
Re-colleting starting at $95
Snarled and deformed hairsprings are caused by impatiently tugging at them while removing the balance assembly. They can even become laced, where the stud becomes woven into the coils. If it's not a hopeless mess the hairspring can be carefully untangled and reformed into the proper shape of an expanding spiral.
Untangling starting at $65
If your watch is missing a few blued screws we can give it back that factory look.
Nothing sets off the gilt plates on a key-wind watch movement like blued hardware.
Hardware bluing starting at $15
Even cap jewels, regulator arms, and hairspring mounts can be blued.
Dials were fragile things made from porcelain, and once cracked it cannot be reversed. A clean dial was a requirement back in the days of railroads, so we offer basic repairs of glass-enamel dials, although it has to be reasonably intact for us to have any kind of success.
Dial refurbishing starting at $25
Wartime material shortages meant using acrylic for crystals, which yellowed and caused the hands to rust, but we can fix that. If the hands on your watch aren't too pitted they can be carefully polished out and returned to the factory colors of either plum or cobalt blue.
Hand bluing starting at $15
Harsh chemicals and repeated cleanings can scrub the enamel inlay from the plate engravings, so we offer enamel replacement in several colors, including the brick red found on several Illinois models.
New enamel starting at $25
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