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.