Mechanical watch movements, meaning automatic or watches needing to be wound daily, require a different level of maintenance. Because these watches have hundreds of moving parts inside, they require lubrication to ensure optimum performance and minimal friction and wear on the movement.
We carry a full line of replacement watch straps and bracelets. We also have access to a large selection of factory band parts, including clasps, links, end pieces, and buckles. We have the ability to hand craft parts and laser weld bands and bracelets. If need be we can also offer full replacements.
A quartz watch, which uses a battery, doesn't require any service until the battery needs to be replaced. This is usually 2-3 years from the time it leaves the factory, not from when you buy it.
The front part of the watch is usually made of glass or plastic. This is called the watch crystal. Watch crystals can break or crack from impact or perhaps dropping the watch on a hard surface. Most crystals are available to replace as original.
Nothing detracts more from an elegant timepiece than a damaged or broken crystal. We can help restore the full value and beauty of any watch for a fraction of the cost of a new timepiece. We can select from our stock of hundreds of thousands of the highest quality finished crystals or cut crystals to fit virtually any watch, modern or vintage.
An overhaul consists of completely taking apart the movement, then ultrasonically cleaning & re-oiling it. Also, we time the movement and ultrasonically clean & polish the casing and bands. Lastly, the watch is re-assembled and re-timed.
Most watch companies suggest that you send your mechanical watch in for general servicing and a movement overhaul every 4-5 years. This is a safe and conservative way to think about preserving your investment in a fine timepiece. In the last 10 years, several advancements in movements, assembly and lubrication have made the need for service even more infrequent. If you don't get your watch wet and it is continuing to keep good time, you can often go 1-3 years longer.
A "quartz conversion" consists of replacing your watch's existing mechanical/electric movement with a modern electronically regulated quartz movement. We strive to maintain the original appearance of the watch. In most cases our conversions will not alter the face, hands, lens or casing of the watch. The existing set stem will remain functional.
Allow us to restore your vintage mechanical watch, with the care and professional service any family heirloom deserves. We are not a production repair facility, rather a specialized shop, unhurried and uncompromising in our approach taken to restore your timepiece.
For people who swim or regularly or get their watches wet, it is important to have the seals on your watch checked every 3 years and the watch pressure tested as part of the service.
The crown of the watch is the "knob" on the side of the watch that is used to set the time. A stem is attached to the crown of the watch and goes into the movement. This allows the watch be set. If you have a broken stem and crown, most can be replaced with original parts to ensure the highest quality repair.
We recommend a tune-up service when your battery needs replacement to keep your watch and bracelet clean and preventative maintenance to keep your watch functioning well.