Mechanical Watch Repair
Mechanical watches have a lot of pressure that is applied by the mainspring to the tiny surfaces of the moving parts. If you don't have your watch cleaned and oiled regularly dirt gets inside and mixes with the oil and acts like sandpaper. Over time the oils can dry out and when that happens the parts start to wear and eventually if left operating in this condition the watch will eventually stop working and parts will have to be replaced.
It is recommended that a mechanical watch be cleaned and oiled every 2-7 years depending on the type and quality. It is better to have your watch serviced before it stops running. It's like the old Fram oil filter commercials - "You can pay me a little $, now. Or a lot $$$, later."
Stops and Starts
If your mechanical watch runs erratically or stops and starts after it is fully wound or doesn't keep good time, it most likely needs to be cleaned and oiled.
If your watch is not an auto-wind watch and you can't fully wind the watch until it stops, the most likely problem is that the mainspring is broken.
Water and Watches
Water and watches don't mix. Even the smallest amount of water inside your watch can cause major damage. If you see any sign of moisture or water inside your watch send it in immediately.
Don't think it will just dry out and be fine. It will take a very long time to dry out and while it is drying out it will be causing rust and damage to your watch.
If your watch got wet or you see any sign of moisture or water inside the watch, send it in immediately.
If your watch has gotten wet, even water resistant watches, and stops running, the problem more than likely is water damage and rust.
It is very difficult to estimate rust damage and I will work on it at an hourly rate. The final cost depends on how bad the water damage is. In some cases it may be less expensive to replace the movement.
Cleaning of your mechanical watch:
Your mechanical watch will be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner except for the hairspring which needs special care and cleaning. Hairsprings are cleaned using a special hairspring cleaner. Any oily residue left on a hairspring if cleaned in the ultrasonic will make the watch impossible to time.
Timing of your mechanical watch:
Your mechanical watch will be timed using a state of the art Witschi Watch Expert II digital timing machine.
Other Mechanical Watch Repairs:
Balance staffs replaced starting at $25.
Jewel replacement starts at $25 per jewel + labor.
Crystal Replacement (plastic, rock glass, mineral glass and sapphire).
Why not have your watch's crystal replaced while your watch is in for service?
A new crystal makes a big difference in how your watch will look and makes it much easier to see the time! My prices for crystals are very reasonable, and most are far below my competitors. If your wrist watch has a round "mineral glass" crystal now it may be able to be fitted with a sapphire crystal which will give you a virtually scratch resistant crystal for a long time to come.
Genune Factory or Generic watch bands. Generic bands in Suede, Calf, Oilskin, Leather, Lizard, Crocodile, Aligator, Metal Expandable and Clasp, PVC Sport, Nylon Sport Bands and Swiss Army.
Crown, Stem, Pushers and Case Tube Replacement.
Genuine and Generic - Dress, Dustproof, Lever Back, Pocket Watch, Waterproof, Screwdown, Divers and Colored Stone Crowns. For when you want to improve the look of your watch or when your crown is worn down.
I use Genuine factory stems, pushers and case tubes. Or Generic ones if the Genuine is not available.
If the paint is coming off your dial
Or the luminosity is no longer working
Or if you just want a different color(s) on the dial
Dial refinishing will make it look just like new.
Need new hands?
Maybe they are bent
Is the luminosity no longer working on your watch hands?
Maybe you just want a different style.
I use the finest quality hands available, both genuine and generic.
Custom Part Replacement.
Such as balance staffs, stems, dials, and more are available for your watch.
Do you have a watch that's in a bad way? I can completely restore it to like new condition.