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 Post subject: Service providers
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:14 am 
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Thought I would start a new thread where we can recommend providers of watch-related services, such as parts houses, case platers, dial restorers, crystal, straps, bands sources, and so forth. Also, any professional, amatuer, or hobbyist members here who are willing to do COA to complete restorations.

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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:16 pm 
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Dial restoration

"We have over 40,000 print dies and 100,000 name dies. Our extensive catalogue includes includes almost all of the dies for Hamiton, Elgin, Bulova, Gruen, Benrus, Waltham, Illinois, Longines, and Wittnauer. We also have a large selection of Swiss dies for Rolex, TAG, Tudor, Patek, Omega, and many others."

http://www.internationaldialco.com/Pages/Public/Default.aspx


International Dial Co., Inc
P.O. Box 970
58 W. Sugartree St.
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
937-382-4535
email olddials@gmail.com

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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:54 am 
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Guys,
I have been heat bluing steel hands for a while and I've gotten very adept at it. It's labor intensive but nothing comes close to it's look. Hands can be done in blue or plum/purple for the Illinois crowd. The same applies for case enameling which I have pretty much perfected using Testors enamel paint applied with a brush. I would be willing to do this work for members at a nominal fee. If interested please send a PM. Here are two early samples of my work!

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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:07 pm 
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Professional watchmaker.
I have been using my watchmaker for 7 years and I must say that he is excellent at COA's and repairs. He's been doing this for 40+ years and works on Patek, Vacheron, Rolex, Hamilton, Longines, etc. He does all of the work himself and does not send anything out!
His name is John Sire and he is located in the Green Acres Shopping Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y.. His place of business is called J.C. Watches and his phone number is: 516-872-6936. If you do contact him, mention my name.
He is really the last of a disappearing breed; a craftsman who takes the time to make sure that what he does is right.

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 Post subject: New Source for Repair / Restoration Needs
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:17 am 
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My repair / restoration shop was recently featured in the April/May 2014 issue of Garden & Gun magazine http://gardenandgun.com/article/memphis-timekeepers

The proprietors are Colin Britton and Greg Faison - their specialties are mechanical wrist and pocket watches; also repair clocks

Their website is http://www.memphismeantime.com - background info is provided as well as general prices for various types of repair / restoration

I highly recommend them, prices are reasonable and work is spot on (if I could only get them to work on the Hamilton Electronics!). Turn around time has varied based on the projects I presented them, but each promised deadline has always been met.

These guys are a pleasure to do business with, get in contact with them if you'd like to learn more and/or send them some work

Memphis Mean Time
917 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104
901-725-6622

Thanks for your consideration, Todd


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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:31 pm 
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Recommended by flamagic

"His name is Vadim - Here' s his contact info for plating, lazer welding, complete service, etc. Nice guy and does good work!
http://usawatchrepair.com/"

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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:17 pm 
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vintagehamiltons wrote:
Recommended by flamagic

"His name is Vadim - Here' s his contact info for plating, lazer welding, complete service, etc. Nice guy and does good work!
http://usawatchrepair.com/"



To expand on my recommendation.... Vadim is great to work with and I have been completely satisfied. Considering how many watches I've broken while attempting to fix them, he has been very understanding and patient (of course, every time I screw up that's more business for him...). He's always been more than fair on the prices he's charged me.
As I have been privy to the "back of the shop" I can add that his shop is clean, organized and very well equipped (his cleaning machine costs $10-15,000 and is the size of a refrigerator. It cleans, rinses and dries the parts..and I think makes espresso too...) plus the laser welder, plating equipment, etc. He's got a video of the shop on his site here: http://usawatchrepair.com/about-usa-watch-repairs.html

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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:15 pm 
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One more quick note about my watch guy, Vadim at USA Watch Repair: I just picked up a watch he serviced for me and learned that he often puts progress pics and video on his facebook page. Check it out - you may find it of interest to see the process . Currently there are 3 Hamiltons on there(yeah, one of them is mine..) that he's doing everything from COA service to laser welding and re-plating. Here's the link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Usa-watc ... 37?fref=nf

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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
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For anyone in the UK I can recommend Greg Ward. http://www.woodlandtechnical.co.uk/

Check out his feedback. He has serviced my wifes omega which was dead a couple of 1950's Elgins at present he has a dead Elgin Woodruff which now works, and a very dirty Bulova senator which I will post photos of when they return.

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I have always liked............http://www.replateit.com/home.html

Case repair and re-plating

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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:16 pm 
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After reading Dan's recommendation, I sent two of my watches to Vadim at USA Watch Repair. Vadim sent me pictures of the watches as he was working on them and used laser welding to repair some of the "dings" on one of the watch cases. Vadim was a pleasure to work with and did a great job on the watches. I would definitely recommend him.

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 Post subject: New Watch Repair and Servicing Business In the Midlands UK
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:17 am 
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Hi Guys,
I hope that this is the right forum to do this on and that I don’t annoy too many people. My name is Martin and I am one of the directors of Charles Martin Watch Company. I'm a watchmaker and we've decided to set up our own service and repair business in the Midlands (UK). We have a fully kitted out workshop, and are equipped to deal with most things if not everything.
Over time I began to get annoyed at certain aspects of the Swiss watchmaking industry and the servicing industry over here in the UK so my partner and I got together and we want to try and provide a better service than the one available.
We Begin trading at the end of Apr 2016, so if we can help you guys with anything either now or in the future then let us know.
I'll try and upload a link to our website and full contact details in the next few days when they are all sorted.

All the best Martin


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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:45 am 
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We should set up watchmakers per state, if possible. I get request all the time for local watchmakers.

I need a really good not busy person who can do balance staffing for me. I swear, I am just going to take a class......LOL

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 Post subject: Re: Service providers
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I would highly recommend Tip Top Crystals, an online store. Their selection is great, they carry SUC crystals in addition to GS crystals, and the prices (including shipping) are good.

Best of all, the shop has a "watchmaker's discount," where you automatically get an increasingly large percentage off with each order. If you order crystals regularly, you'll end up with prices that are essentially unbeatable.

I also second International Dial Co., which has done great work on many dismal looking dials for me.



*Note: I have no affiliation or connection with these businesses; I'm just a satisfied long-term customer

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I guess I'm not allowed to post who I use for Accutron restoration work ?

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Captain Crandall wrote:
I guess I'm not allowed to post who I use for Accutron restoration work ?


Please do, I sometimes have a need for Accutron repair.

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