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Pocket Watch Repair and Restoration

All Those Little Parts

Pocket watch repair

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Hardware bluing starting at $25.

  Chronographs

Trust us with your grandfather's pocket watch for expert repairs that will take just a few days.  ...

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  Hand Bluing

  Hardware Bluing

The dial has to be reasonably intact for us to have any chance of success with it.

4.  The finished balance staff ready for installation.

  Enamel Replacement

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. ...   

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.     

COA - Clean, Oil, and Adjust

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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.     

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If you enjoy carrying your watches, regular maintenance should be performed every other year, starting with a thorough cleaning.

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1.  We carry drill stock in every size up to 2.5 mm.

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.  

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Pocket Watch Repair

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.       

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.     

Wind-indicator work starting at $175.

Fabrication starting at $65 per hour

Display conversions starting at $65.

Hand bluing starting at $25.

Dial refurbishing starting at $25.

Enamel replacement starting at $35.

Watch restorations starting at $95.

Yes, we work on fusees.

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.

  • Solid gold and gold-plated
  • Sterling and coin silver
  • Stainless steel
  • Nickel silver
  • Brass

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:

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.     

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.      

Wartime shortages in the 1940s meant using acrylic plastic for crystals, which yellowed and caused the hands to rust.    

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.  

A lot of work goes into resurrecting these old timepieces, many of which date from the Civil War up to the Great Depression.

3.  Polishing the pivots and the hairspring seat.

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.  

  Display Backs

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Most chronographs are Swiss-made, and parts for these watches are hard to find.     

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.  

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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.  

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Chronograph work starting at $195.

  Wind-Indicators

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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.        

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  Movement Restoration

Staff Manufacturing

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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.    

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  Verge Fusees

  Dial Refurbishing

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.