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Antique Watch & Clock Repair and Restoration, Robert Loomes MBHI FRSA


 Watch Repair and Watch Restoration

01780 481319 or 020 7477 2224
 
High quality watch repair and servicing done, here on the premises,
by properly trained watch repairers with decades of experience.
 
Personal, qualified, experienced and secure, award-winning service.
 
When we service a watch, we do the job absolutely the right way,
taking every piece apart and cleaning them individually
- that way we have faith in our work and stand by our guarantees.

Just about to strip a chronograph. Chronographs can be some of the most demanding watches with literally hundreds of parts. For a successful service these watches must be completely stripped, rather than the cheap and much abused "dunking" practiced by many low cost repairers.
Up to seven grades of oil can be specified by the manufacturer for a movement like this. "Dunking" simply drops the movement into a cleaning jar, a rinse jar and, worst of all, a "rinse 'n' lube" jar where one liquid is supposed to simultaneously rinse out cleaning fluid and lubricate the watch. Doomed!

   

We have three excellent watchmakers, each is fully trained. That means a minimum of three years at college being taught how to do the job properly; followed by proper experience at the bench, by the side of someone more experienced, before they even touch a customer's watch.
 
Our watch workshop is in Stamford where we perform both minor and major surgery and repairs to watches.
 
We have two traditional watchmakers working here "at the bench". Between them they have fifty years' experience of working on watches with almost every kind of fault and with every kind of complication. We do not undertake any warranty work or repair modern Swiss watches. Our speciality is vintage (usually pre 1980) repair and restoration work
 
Simple watch repairs can sometimes be done the same day. A full watch service however, takes considerably longer. We are always busy and, whilst we try to manage our workload, seem to always have a slight backlog. A simple enquiry should let you know how long repairs are due to take at any time. Once, years ago, we had quiet spells when we could catch up. Those days are long gone, but at present for modern watches think about four weeks and for vintage watch repair eight weeks. For some watches, where the only source of spares is another continent, or where complex parts must be made, it can take longer still.
 
I don't believe there is a watch repair we can't handle. Only economics dictates what is or is not possible...
 
unlike many so-called watch repairers where things are sent away to a faceless service centre and not seen again for months.

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The following is a (not complete or comprehensive) list of the MECHANICAL watches we work on. Mainly for your search engine rather than to scroll through!
 
We offer an extensive restoration and repair service for older (pre-1980) watches. For more modern watches it can be more cost effective to send the watch back to the manufacturer.
 
Admiral, Alpina, Altus, Amida, Angelus, Angular Momentum, Anomino, Arnold & Son, Audemars Piguet, Arogno, Atlantic, Aurore, Aviator, Azimuth, Ball, Baume & Mercier, Baumgartner, Bauer, Becker, Beguelin, Bell & Ross, Benrus, Benzinger, Ernst Benz, Bettlach, Bifora, Bidlingmaier, Blancpain, Blu, Bozeman Watch Co, Martin Braun, Breuget, Breitenbach, Breitling, Brac, Rainer Brand Bucherer, Bulla, Bullova (all types), Buren, Buret, Buser, Buti, Older (pre 1980) Bulgari (Bvlgari) watches, Cartier, Champ, Chase-Durer, Chezard, Chopard, Chronoswiss, Citizen, Civitas, Concord, Frederique Constant, Cortebert, Corgement, Corum, Court-essor, Culmina, Cupillard Cvstos, Cyma, Damas, De Grisogono, Derby, Desa, Doxa, Dunhill, Durowe, Ebel, Eberle, Ebosa, Election, Elgin, Emes, Enicar, Epos, Louis Erard, Eterna, Etoile, Excelsior, Favre Leuba, Felsa, Ferrari, Fleurier, Font, Forster, Fortis, Frey, d. freemont, General, GSW, Girard Perregaux, Glycine, Graham, Grau and Hampel, Gruen, Guba, Hanhart, Harwood, Hebdomas, Helebros, Helios, Heuer (as in Tag Heuer), Imhof, Imperial, International, (IWC), Jaeger, Journe, Judex, Jules Jurgensen, Junghans, Keinzele, Kasper, Kurth, Kurtz, Landeron, Langendorf, Lapanouse, Lavina, Le Coultre, (as in Jaeger le Coultre), Lemania, Leon Levy, Le Phare, Liengme, Lip, Longines, Looping, Lord, Lorsa, Lunesa, Luxor, Mallery, Marlboro, Marvin, Mauthe, Melano, MST, A Michel, Mido, Mimo, Minerva, Moeris, Montilier, Movado, Mt Vernon, Muller, Nation, NFT, Nidor, NPX, O'Maire, Omega, Optima, Orient, Orion, Oris, Osco, Otero, Parrenin, Park, Panerai, Pesseax, Pfaff, Phenix, Phinney, Piaget, Pierce, Precimax, Qualitas, Rayville, Reconvelier, Record, Recta, Rensie, Reymond, Rolex, Roseba, Sonceboz, Sandoz, Savoi, A Schild, Dchild & Co, Seiko, Semca, Sigma, Schuler, Stratford, Stuyvesant, Suza, Switana, SWI, Swiza, Tavannes (Cyma), Terasse, Tissot, Troesch, Transpacific, Tudor, Unitas, Universal, Urofa, Vulcain, Waltham, Westfield, Wittnauer, Zenith, Zentra,

The mainspring of a modern (after about 1950) automatic watch. The spring has no outside hook but is Y shaped to grip the barrel with friction alone, so the spring cannot be "over wound" and break.
 
The modern automatic watch is designed to run fully wound. It takes about ten hours active wear a day to keep a watch fully wound, hence the increased use in recent years of automatic watch winders.

   

A horror story or two
 
We recently took in a lovely vintage gent's Patek Phillipe wristwatch which wouldn't keep time. The previous repairer had lost an upper shockproofing spring for the balance staff. Unable to source one, and perhaps unable to make one, he replaced it with superglue.
 
Although the watch worked it would not keep time. Had it recieved a stout blow, the shockproofing would not have worked and the balance staff might easily have broken.
 
The Patek Phillipe owner was happy to pay to have the right spring as opposed to a bit of superglue!
 
Another customer who came in had purchased - at considerable expense - a nice straightforward Panerai wristwatch. After a couple of years it began to lose a little. He took the watch back to the shop he bought it from. It was "away" for many months. When it came back it was losing more than ever.
 
When I had a look at the watch it was set to run slow. Moving the setting towards "fast", with the watch on the timing machine, we soon had it gaining just a fraction.
 
(Good mechanical watches should always gain rather than lose - partly because it does no harm to be early rather than late, partly because most have "hacking" which means that by pulling out the crown the watch can be stopped, synchronised, and re-started easily.

Robert Loomes MBHI,
4 Saint Mary's Hill,
Stamford,
Lincolnshire PE9 2DP
 
Telephone 01780 481319
 
Please enquire by filling in the form below.
 

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