Here is an example of a pivot repair on a 1940s Gruen Veri-Thin. As seen in the picture, the upper pivot of the center wheel has deep groves worn for years of running, perhaps without lubricant. This is tricky repair as this calibre has a center sweep second hand, and the center post is hollow. … Continue reading Pivot Repair Gruen Veri-Thin 420SS circa 1943
Are you interested in collecting vintage watches but are experiencing sticker shock? One can find many resources online for the budget-conscious buyer, but the target audience assumes that you can spend $700+. In this article, I am focusing on finding a good vintage watch for around $200. One route is to search eBay for a … Continue reading Affordable Vintage Watch’s for around $200
“When your watch gets out of order you have a choice of two things to do: throw it in the fire or take it to the watch-tinker. The former is the quickest.”-Mark Twain The demand for the "traditional watchmaker" has evolved over the years, but the skills needed are the same. First, let's clarify the … Continue reading Finding the right person to repair/service your antique/vintage watch
Georges Frederic Roskopf was a watchmaker during the mid-1800s. He developed the pin-pallet escapement (an easily and cheaply manufactured escapement used in inexpensive watches). His objective was to produce an affordable decent quality pocket watch, and that he did. This example is a plain, utilitarian, practical, and serviceable watch. Built well enough to be restored … Continue reading SERVICE & REPAIR: Roskopf Pocket Watch Pin-pallet Escapement
When searching the internet to find a watch repair shop, what terms do you use: antique watch repair, vintage watch repair, old hand-wound watch? Chances are, it probably is not "watchmaker." But this term was commonly used to describe someone in the trade of watch repair before the advent of battery operated watches. A Watchmaker … Continue reading The Traditional Watchmaker- a Historical Perspective
Shattered cap jewel This antique Elgin Father Time Railroad pocket watch came to the shop in relatively good shape, but it had many repair issues. The balance staff had a broken pivot, the lower escape wheel cap jewel was shattered, the lower second hand wheel jewel was cracked, and the seconds hand lower pivot was … Continue reading Antique Pocket Watch repair log: Elgin Father Time Railroad Watch with up-down indicator
You have a pocket or wristwatch in disrepair or poor condition cosmetically. Should you restore it to a like-new condition? Should you refinish the dial and hands and polish the case? Should the piece be serviced and repaired mechanically? To help answer these questions, we need first to define these terms: Service and Repair: Generally, … Continue reading Should you repair, restore, or preserve your antique or vintage watch
Question: I have two pocket watches. One is a fusee from 1884, and the other is a chronograph from 1895. Both have been professionally cleaned and adjusted. My problem is this: both watches run fast or slow depending on if they are hung, laid on their back, or laid on a side. Can you advise the … Continue reading Questions from the Inbox: Why is my watch running slow/fast in different positions?
You’ve acquired an antique or vintage mechanical watch that you would like to use. You wind it up and it starts and keeps good time. Should you set it and start using it? If the watch has monetary or intrinsic value then here is a brief explanation why it probably should be be cleaned and … Continue reading Should I have my watch serviced?
Welcome! When I was a kid, one of my "hobbies" was sticking my hand behind our old brown couch seat cushions and feeling around for some forgotten, lost item that slipped down inside Cushion's cracks. The couch had been part of our family for years before I was born, and when I found something (mostly … Continue reading What’s our Special Connection to a Vintage Watch?