watch is unassembled 100%* thoroughly cleaned and oiled and reassembled, checked for accuracy. + or
- 30 seconds per day is considered acceptable for non railroad approved grades
and + or - 15 seconds per day for railroad approved grades, but the results are usually better than this.**
I do my best to be sure your watch is
returned to you running and keeping good time, but I do have to ship
them and that means the watch will be subjected to a lot of bouncing
around before you get it. After you get your watch back check it thoroughly
to be sure it is functioning properly. If it is not, contact me by phone
or email as there are a number of things you can check and possibly
correct yourself without having to return the watch.
Most pocket watches are at least 60 years
old and many are 100 or older so things can go wrong at anytime that are
completely unrelated to the service a watch may have just received.
Watches that do not run or do not keep time after having been serviced
should be returned after we have been notified and have attempted to
correct the problem by phone or email.
If you have a problem with a watch we
serviced we should be contacted within 5 days of you getting the watch
back and the watch should be returned immediately after it is determined
it can not be corrected by the owner following our instructions.
If after getting the watch back the
problem is related to any of the work we did (or should have done) we
will make the correction at no charge and even pay the return shipping.
If the problem is related to shipping we will most likely make the
repair at no charge.
Never take the watch to another repair
shop for problems you believe are related to our service, if you do we
will not be responsible for any additional work required on the watch
and under no circumstances will we pay for work done by others or refund
any amount paid to us previously for any work on the watch.
If you find these terms unacceptable
please send you watch elsewhere for service.
Prices for Pocket watch service effective January
1 2017 are as follows***:
All lever set watches up to and
including size 16 $80.00
All pendent or pin set watches up to
and including size 16 $90.00
All size 18 and larger lever set
All size 18 and larger pendent or pin
set watches $120.00*
Crystal replacement for size 16 and
Crystal replacement for size 17 and
Case clean and polish for size 16 and
Case clean and polish for size 17 and
Replacement of any hole, pallet, cap,
roller or pallet jewel $35.00
Replace balance staff $70.00
Replacement of mainspring $40.00
Other parts $20.00 plus the cost of
Dial replacement cost depends on the
dial most porcelain enamel dial replacements will be $100.00 plus.
Minor dial cleaning and repair is included with the service price.
Timing that requires work on the
balance wheel because either full slow or full fast can not regulate
the watch to with 10 seconds per day. This requires adjustment to
the balance timing screws, addition of timing washers or removal of
timing washers, adding or changing timing screws. This can be very
time consuming so the minimum charge is $25.00 and the maximum is
* On Full
plate movements manufactured before 1900 there is an increased risk that the
center wheel may break when removing the cannon pinion. Before removing the
cannon pinion I will request your approve for this procedure an acceptance of
the risk. Replacement parts can be difficult to find for watches this old. On
some models, I can leave the cannon pinion in place and get the watch apart but
have to leave the center wheel in place during service, this is not ideal but is
better than breaking the center wheel this is what I
will do when the owner does not want to risk breaking the center wheel.
have available a special diamond bearing infused lubricating oil that
can be used after servicing a watch. The oil cost us $700.00 per fluid
oz. so an up charge of $35.00 applies if this is requested. This must be
requested prior to service as we can't apply this oil over our regular
synthetic oil witch itself is very good synthetic oil.
Minimum Bench charge:
We never used to charge a minimum but because of the ever increasing cost of
materials we must charge a minimum $25.00 for servicing a pocket watch even when
that does not correct the problem. By the time we pay shipping our cleaning
solutions cost over $50.00 per gallon and believe me a gallon does not go very
far when cleaning very dirty pocket watches.
**Out of beat: If
your watch is seriously out of beat the fee to put it into beat is $45.00.
your watch cannot be regulated to satisfactory time keeping by adjusting the
regulator and we need to work on the balance to correct this the fee is $25.00
to $50.00 Many
times balance timing screws are missing or mismatched and it can take several
hours to correct this.
Crystal and Dial
Replacement: Many times pocket watches end up laying
in a drawer simply because the crystal and/or dial have become so worn the watch
is no longer attractive, we stock hundreds of new old stock crystal and new
beveled glass crystals and can get
the ones we do not have.
Crystals and dials can bring a drab looking
watch back to life. Photos of stock dials are available on request. These dials
are factory original enamel. New painted are available on request. Installed
prices from $75.00 and up.
Before we repair your watch you will be quoted a
price for the repair. If it turns out that we can not repair the
watch to reasonable accuracy there will be no charge other than the
minimum bench charge that went into effect September 1, 2014.
If you have an e-mail address
please include it with your repair along with any other pertinent
information about your watch. Once a repair is completed the owner
will be notified by e-Mail if we have not heard from the owner or
received payment with thirty (90) days of this e-mail the repaired
watch will be offered for sale on this website or eBay. The owner may reclaim
the watch any time prior to sale by paying the repair charges.
If we have replaced parts during an unsuccessful
repair attempt, and the owner wants the un-repaired watch returned
the new parts will be removed and returned to our inventory, the
defective parts will be reinstalled in the watch if possible.
Sometimes the nature of the damaged part makes it impossible to
reinstall into the watch, examples of this would be a broken
mainspring or broken crystal, of course there are others.
your watch to:
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