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Xzavier_Heterodyne
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« on: August 24, 2010, 12:02:35 pm »

I recently puchased a (currently) non-working mechanical pocketwatch (i purchesd it knowing it did not work, it was £28).

I have had a look inside and the spring appears to have moved, (I thought i noticed a hair in the mechanism, upon examination with my loupe and apai of tweezers it was part of the spring that had unwound?)

I am just wondering if this should be expensive to get repaired? I have already been quoted about £80

I hope this makes sense
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2010, 01:56:19 pm »

Is it a newer or older pocketwatch?  And which spring are you referring to?

Pictures of the movement would be helpful also... although seeing as you already got a quote I would probably just go with that, assuming said person is knowledgeable and took a look at the watch already.  (Of course, I still want pictures, because I am a geek like that... *cough*)
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Xzavier_Heterodyne
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2010, 04:18:50 pm »

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Is it a newer or older pocketwatch?
from the design on the outer back cover it appears to be Art Deco, but i could be wrong.

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which spring are you referring to?
the main spring? the one that tightens when you wind it

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Pictures of the movement would be helpful also... although seeing as you already got a quote I would probably just go with that, assuming said person is knowledgeable and took a look at the watch already.
will try to get pics. I hope they are knowledgeable (i enquired at timpsons, they do watches and shoes ect)

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(Of course, I still want pictures, because I am a geek like that... *cough*)
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010, 05:57:40 pm »

80 sounds like a decent price for a general clean and service; they must not have thought there was much wrong with it.  For a simple mechanical lever watch, I tend to see between $50 and $150 for a basic service, depending on where exactly you live.  But make sure you're dealing with an actual watchmaker!  If the place that quoted you doesn't have a watchmaker "on site", you're better off finding a real watchmaker to look at it.  Some places have very interesting definitions of "clean and oil", but if it doesn't involve a complete dis assembly of everything, it isn't a proper job.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2010, 10:51:58 am »

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But make sure you're dealing with an actual watchmaker!  If the place that quoted you doesn't have a watchmaker "on site", you're better off finding a real watchmaker to look at it

Thanks Abslomrob, they don't have one on site, I'll look for somewhere that does.
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2010, 10:35:05 pm »

@Abslomrob @Xzavier_heterodyne

I'd have to agree with Rob.
I'd try and find a proper watchmaker.
The price is about right but the place .......... I'm not so sure.
A good way to tell is the waiting time.
The jewellers here have a 2 - 4 month waiting list on mechanical watches - because they have an excellent reputation.

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