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Seeking watchsmith for antique pocket watch


#1

Hello Orchid, as someone who just recently got into goldsmithing
through the Revere Academy, I’ve been lurking here about a year and
soaking up all the

My current dilemma is not about jewelry, per se. I would like to
have my grandfather’s pocket watch serviced. It is white gold and
worth and was appraised at $1500 in 1991, but it is irreplaceable to
me, as I never knew my grandfather.

Anyway, I now live in a rural community thanks to my husband’s Air
Force career, and there are no watchsmiths that I trust in the area.
Please, does anyone know of a good one that works on antique watches
anywhere in the country that is insured or bonded appropriately? The
piece is in fine condition, and keeps time almost perfectly. It has
just been sitting around for about 50 years and needs to be oiled
and cleaned so that I can wear it.

Thank you!
Gina


#2
My current dilemma is not about jewelry, per se. I would like to
have my grandfather's pocket watch serviced. It is white gold and
worth and was appraised at $1500 in 1991, but it is irreplaceable
to me, as I never knew my grandfather. 

Servicing a watch is much more involved than it appears, especially
fine watch. The watch must be completely disassembled, washed,
reassembled, and adjusted. Depends on complexity, it may take a whole
day or even longer, provided of course that nothing needed to be
replaced. I am telling you all that because if someone would offer
you to do it for a few bucks, run away from such offers. Restoring
fine watch is a very worthwhile exercise, but it is not inexpensive.

Your best course of action is to contact Otto Frei, his watch
website is ofrei.com He is the only one who still maintains a decent
inventory of watch materials and he should be able to recommend a
watchmaker qualified to do this job.

Leonid Surpin
www.studioarete.com


#3

You can send it to Marcel Zalaznick at Grand Jewelers in Astoria, NY.
That’s a neighborhood in Queens.

Marcel was in one of the last graduating classes at the Bulova
school. He’s done wonderful work for me repairing vintage 20s & 30s
watches.

Grand Jewelers
3405 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 726-5087

Here’s a slideshow from the Times about him.


#4

Mike Fritz
Lone star Technical Service
Ultrasonic Repair (Elma Warranty)
Witschi service center


#5

Hello Gina, It’s ME, as the name appears below. I will service your
Pocket Watch. I always look and check what is needed first, then
call you about my findings. I couldn’t tell you anything about
pricing at this point, only after through inspection of the complete
watch will you get a call to discuss what should be done, even if it
is just Clean-Oil-Regulate, The Refurbish of the Case is part of the
process that we do,( not all watchmakker’s will do that unless you
request-it.

Stephen Wyrick