I work on a wide range of vintage mechanical wrist and pocket watches. I also repair and overhaul the Hamilton calibers 500 and 505 electric watches. When I worked at the Hamilton Watch Company, I worked with a few "old timers" that worked on "project x" which was the code name given to the Hamilton electric watch project in the 1950's. They showed me some tricks for the repairs. I do not work on clocks off this web site. A clock must be brought into the shop for estimate. I will not get into shipping clocks. No exceptions! I only do complete overhauls on watches. No partial repairs.
An overhaul consists of an assement of the overhaul. Estimate is then given. Remember an estimate is just that. The watch movement is completely disassembled. The disassembled movement is cleaned using agitation plus ultrasonic action in my L&R Vari-Matic III automatic watch cleaning machine. The clean movement is then inspected for worn or broken parts and they are replaced as necessary. A new mainspring is installed in all overhauls. The movement is then re-assembled and lubricated using fine Mobeous lubricants. The watch movement is left to run overnight before being put on the electronic watch timer to assure accuracy of time keeping.
The watch case and band ( if metal band) are ultrsonically cleaned. Case parts, (crown tubes, chronograph pushers, crowns, ect.) are inspected and replaced if needed. Chronograph pushers are extra! The watch case and band are refinished to like new condition if customer requests. A simple crystal is replaced, fancy or complicated crystals are extra. The watch dial and hands are cleaned, (re-luminous in hands if needed) before installation on the watch movement. The watch is then re-cased, checked for timing and chronograph function (if required) and then re-shipped to customer after payment is recieved.
What is an overhaul?
Hebdomas Pocket Watch
Hebdomas Pocket - front
Rare 8 day pocket watch
Hebdomas Pocket - back
Inside back cover showing mainspring barrel
Zodiac - Disassembled
Zodiac Case before cleaning & refinish
Zodiac - finished product - satisfied customer!
Leonidas - As recieved
Leonidas - After overhaul
Leonidas - Valjoux 22 - single pusher disassembled
Leonidas - Dial, Hands, and case before re-finish
Leonidas - Caseback after removing engraving and re-finish
Leonidas - Finished watch - complete overhaul -Refinish case & band
Nice 1940's LeCoultre military watch showing complete disassembly
LeCoultre overhaul complete
LeCoultre case after re-finish
Finished 1940's LeCoultre
Finished 1940's LeCoultre
LeCoultre caseback after re-finish
1940's Baume & Mercier
Baume & Mercier cleaned - ready for assembly
Baume & Mercier overhauled and cased up
Veiw of chronograph pushers
Caseback after re-finish
The watches I've shown on this page are just a very small sample of my work. I will try to change the images from time to time so you always have something new to look at.