Whether you're a seasoned collector or simply trying to get that family heirloom fixed, we know how to get these tiny engines running properly. ...
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.
Broken and incorrect parts are replaced, steel screws are re-blued, brightwork is polished, jeweling is examined, rust and scale is removed, and gilding is renewed, all in an effort to return your watch as close to factory-original as practicable.
Wartime shortages in the 1940s meant using acrylic plastic for crystals, which yellowed and caused the hands to rust.
A lot of work goes into resurrecting these old timepieces, many of which date from the Civil War up to the Great Depression.
Fusee restorations starting at $165
Nothing sets off the gilt plates on a watch movement like blued hardware, whether it's jewel screws or a regulator assembly.
Most chronographs are Swiss-made, and parts for these watches are hard to find.
All Those Little Parts
Only three American companies made wind-indicators, so finding parts is often difficult, but these uncommon watches represented some of the best finishes and finest engineering of the era, meeting or exceeding all the railroad requirements.
The dial has to be reasonably intact for us to have any chance of success with it.
If you enjoy carrying your watches, regular maintenance should be performed every other year, starting with a thorough cleaning.
Harsh chemicals and repeated cleanings can scrub the enamel inlay from the plate engravings on your watch, so we offer enamel replacement in several colors.
3. Polishing the pivots and the hairspring seat.
Trust us with your grandfather's pocket watch for expert repairs that will take just a few days. ...
Pocket Watch Repair
Display conversions starting at $65
Sometimes the part can't be found and has to fabricated. It's a very tedious and exacting process, but might be the only way to get the timepiece running again. Using carbide tooling and diamond bits we mill hardened drill stock into balance, pallet fork, or wheel staffs with original tolerances.
We begin with complete disassembly of the entire movement, right down to the jewel settings. All the parts spend time in an ultrasonic bath before examining them under the stereoscope. Oscillation, poise, and free-spin tests are performed on the balance and the gear train. A Dennison check of the mainspring is done. Reassembly using synthetic oils is next, followed by positional accuracy tests on the Timegraph before the watch is returned to you.
Chronograph work starting at $195
The faded or rusted steel parts on your gilt watch can be carefully buffed out and returned to their original cobalt blue, giving the watch back its factory look.
COA - Clean, Oil, and Adjust
1. We carry drill stock in every size up to 2.5 mm.
Wind-indicator work starting at $195
Fabrication starting at $65 per hour
Dial refurbishing starting at $25
Yes, we work on fusees.
Do you have a favorite carry watch with a movement too pretty to stay hidden? We can mill the caseback into a bezel, add a glass crystal, and turn your watch into a showpiece - no matter the metal:
Chronographs combine a stopwatch with a pocket watch by incorporating a center sweep hand that counts off the seconds. Pushing the crown starts the sweep hand, clicking it again stops it, and doing it a third time returns it straight up to zero, providing a method for timing an event.
It can be a very time-consuming process, but the results are well worth it. It's chemically reversible, keeping our pledge to never permanently alter your watch.
Hand bluing starting at $25
Watch restorations starting at $95
Enamel replacement starting at $35
Hardware bluing starting at $25
Keeping in mind that verge fusees are centuries old - the oldest ones don't even have a minute hand - and although they could never approach the accuracy of the anchor pallet escapement, they are able to keep time to within minutes per day.
If they're not too pitted, the stock hands on your watch can be carefully restored to their original polished luster and in correct choices of plum or cobalt blue.
The two most common watch parts to fail are balance staffs and mainsprings, but our goal extends beyond simple repairs. We can fully restore your watch so that everything will be correct when we're done: the hands, the screws, and all those other little parts.
A good-looking dial is a necessary thing for any watch, and was a requirement back in the days of railroads. We offer dial cleaning using a variety of safe methods, as well as basic repairs of all sizes of glass-enamel and metal dials.
2. Roughing out a balance staff on the lathe.
If you want your watch looking like it did when it first left the factory, then write to us.
4. The finished balance staff ready for installation.