I'm a fairly new collector, now with an Illinois and 3 Hamiltons. However, my wife has the jewel in our Crown, identified by antiques roadshow UK earlier this year as a 1932 Silver Prince. (not jealous of her, I promise). It has been sat unknown in the back of our wardrobe for over 20 years, but has kick-started my interest in vintage watches.
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We (she) will never sell it, as it was a gift from her late grandfather. However, we would love to have it restored, and as newbies would appreciate any advice from you experts.
It needs the dial cleaning (want to keep original dial at all costs), case cleaning/polishing, movement servicing, crystal replacing, second hand fixing and anything else needed.
How much would you expect to end up paying for such work? Can anyone recommend a good watchmaker in the UK who could take this on. Not bothered about end value, as I said it's a keeper.