We offer a range of specialty services, from tool restoration to complicated watches to collection photography.
As always, watch repair for our customers comes first, so there is a waiting list for tool work and photography.
Waltham was the only American company to make repeating watches, which chimed the hours and minutes on command. All other designs were European, so finding parts is difficult. Other complications could be added, such as a split timer or chronograph, and even calendars and moon phase.
Repeater work starting at $995
Having a fuel gauge is a handy thing, and that is just what the 4th hand on a wind-indicator displays - how much run time is left on an unspooling mainspring. Only a few companies made high-grade indicators, so finding parts is often difficult.
Wind-indicator work starting at $295
Chronographs are pocket watches with a center sweep hand that counts off the seconds, providing a method for timing an event. The higher-grade models were designed with flyback mechanisms for the seconds hand, resetting them to zero.
Chronograph work starting at $295
0-size and smaller watches require special clamps, specialized tooling, higher scope magnification and extra steady hands. They also take more time because the tolerances are even tighter, and there is no room for error.
Small work starting at $249
Prototypical pieces are always challenging because they are unique by definition, with no other examples to reference and usually there are no replacement or spare parts to be found. But when you get it all back together again it's quite a thrill.
Rates on individual processes apply
Intact variants of rare or exceptional watches are usually worth more at auction, so it's helpful to have visual proof of all of the matching serial numbers. We can document all of the marked parts of your watch and send you the JPEG files for safekeeping.
Documenting starting at $35
Some collectors take such an interest in their pieces and their internal workings that they like to have photos of each major component during the reassembly phase of the watch.
Photography starting at $35
We offer studio-quality photography for one piece or an entire collection. Photo backups are valuable for a variety of reasons, like insurance purposes or just for simple viewing enjoyment.
Photography starting at $35
The stumps and stakes on your worn set can all be cleaned and polished out, with the tips trued up and demagnetized. The anvil plate can be refaced and the knurling cleaned, the upper sleeve can be re-centered, and the cams aligned and oiled. Replacement stakes and stumps may also be available, depending on the brand.
Pricing varies by set
Your lathe can be made new again by truing the pulley, polishing the spindles, tightening and lubricating the cone bushings, and clearing the oil journals. If you need a base one can be made from 8/4 English walnut to dampen vibration, including a floating motor mount to keep the belt and pulleys aligned.
Pricing varies by lathe
Small reversible 1/4HP motors with footswitches make lathes much easier to use, unless you prefer tired legs from a treadle. Your worn motor can be renewed with spindle maintenance, new brushes, matte pebble paint, and new brass hardware.
Pricing varies by motor
Powder coating is an excellent substitute for lost chrome on a variety of tooling, like staking anvils, motors, and lathe beds. It gets stripped in the bead blasting cabinet, since glass media is less abrasive than sand, and then primed and coated in matte black.
Pricing varies by item
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