Expert Repair for your Vintage or Antique Watch
Specializing in the Repair and Restoration of American Pocket Watches
At Renaissance Watch Repair, we understand that every watch that comes into our shop has special meaning to its owner, and with each watch we repair our goal remains the same: To return your vintage watch to the best possible condition. We want your watch to work like new, if possible, and our work is fully guaranteed. We love bringing a beautiful old watch back to life, and take great pride in restoring your family heirloom to working condition.
We see many vintage pocket watches that are running, but have been neglected: drying out in a drawer or safe-deposit box for decades, accumulating dust and dirt which can grind away at the delicate jeweled mechanism of the watch. A typical mechanical watch "ticks" 18,000 times per hour. That's 432,000 times every day! Dirt and grit can act like abrasive sandpaper on the delicate parts of the watch under those conditions.
We often hear from customers who have been told by a local jeweler that their watch cannot be repaired because parts are no longer available. They are pleasantly surprised when we have the correct part to get their fine old watch running like new again. While we don't have every old watch part, we maintain an extensive parts inventory, have an network of suppliers of original and vintage parts, and make some parts by hand when needed.
If your watch is not running, it is very important that it be put back into working condition while parts can still be located. This is becoming more and more difficult as parts grow increasingly scarce. We offer all levels of repair, from simple cleaning and adjustment to replacement of broken or worn parts, balance staffs, jewels, mainsprings, dials, and crystals.
In many cases, a watch can be put back in good running order with only a cleaning and lubrication. Our complete clean-oil-adjust service always includes the following:
- Disassembly of the watch.
- Inspection of all parts for wear, damage, and incorrect adjustment.
- Cleaning in multi-stage ultrasonic bath.
- Special cleaning of balance wheel and hairspring.
- Reassembly and lubrication of the watch using modern horological lubricants.
- Regulation of the watch for best-possible timekeeping.
- Cleaning and polishing of the case (if desired by customer)