Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Check below, but if you don’t find an answer feel free to reach out and contact me and I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as I am free.

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Turnaround time depends greatly on the type of watch and repair/service to be done. While some parts are easy to come by, there are others which have been discontinued for a long time and may require some time to track down. A typical service will usually take 3 to 4 weeks.

Maybe…maybe not! Many of my customers will knowingly spend more for restoration than their watch is worth because it is a family heirloom, which has much more sentimental value to them.
If you are interested in restoring a watch for the purpose of reselling it, the cost of restoration may be prohibitive. If you simply want to preserve a pice of history and make it a part of your private collection,
I believe it to be money well-spent!

In order for a Vintage manual watch to run consistently and for at least its 24-hour power reserve, the mainspring must be fully wound. Number of winds will vary from watch to watch, but is usually between 25 and 40 times…until stiff resistance is felt, but not forced. You can’t really “overwind” a watch. If it is fully wound and will not run, it needs service and/or repair.

No. Quartz watches were developed primarily to eliminate the need for everyday winding, and also to greatly increase accuracy. Your Vintage Watch will never be as accurate as the most inexpensive quartz watch. And the rate of your Vintage Watch will vary depending upon the quality of the movement, the amount of wear it has experienced over the years, whether it has been properly serviced, as well as  the amount of time it is spent in different physical positions on your wrist. This is known as  “positional error” and is the nature of the beast of mechanical watches, in which the balance is affected by gravity.

If you do not know the service history of your Vintage Watch, the answer is YES! Please read my informative article “Your Vintage Watch has Needs” for more information on the care of your Vintage Watch.

I do not. Clock repair requires a whole other education, set of tools and equipment, and a much larger shop to store the clocks while they are being worked on!

I prefer to specialize strictly in American, Swiss, and European Mechanical Watches from the early 1900s to no later than the 1960s.

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