Where to get vintage watch fixed?

Discussion in 'Skills and Smarts' started by JessieJames, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. JessieJames

    JessieJames One of the Regulars

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    I have this beautiful Vulcain watch I love to death, but my clumsy flaily arms have cause it to be banged around or dropped and I've had to fix it a couple of times, 200$ each time, oof. The watchmaker, one of the original time keepers of trains back in the day, I used to go to passed away last year.

    I've brought it to 2 other watch repair people and they've been unable to fix it. There is a piece or screw broken apparently that's impossible to replace. But with 3D machines and CNC machines etc, nothing is impossible nowadays. I just need the right skilled person.

    Does anyone know where I could send this in, a reputable place that would take care of my baby and fix her up?

    this is from my late grandpa so this has a lot of sentimental value on top of being a beautiful watch.

    Much appreciated

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  2. seres

    seres A-List Customer

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    I've had very good service from Mark Sirianni https://www.watchdoctor.biz/ in Pennsylvania. Send him an email with some close-up pics, and see what he says.
     
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  3. JessieJames

    JessieJames One of the Regulars

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    Unfortunately, he can't help me. I wrote to 2 other watchmakers in Canada, I'm really hoping someone in the world can help with this.

    His reply was:
    "Unfortunately this is not a repair that I can make on this model. Sorry that I can not help you on this occasion."

    I wonder why
     
  4. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Looks like a fairly modern (1980's?) Vulcain. Maybe a watch forum can help you - it's a pretty well known and expensive make. Generally watch makers use a lathe to build new parts if they can't be sourced. It would help you if you knew what the movement was - ETA or in house... and it would help even more to get a proper and clear technical explanation of what was wrong so you can email the right people. Sometimes you can buy a whole new movement for a fraction of a repair cost.
     
  5. JessieJames

    JessieJames One of the Regulars

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    oh that's interesting!

    I know it's a wind up mechanical for the movement (says MSR 17 jewels T44 on the back) but I don't know much else than that. One watchmaker told me it was a screw of some kind. I may have found a watchmaker in my city that can fix it but with selfquarantine, it's not a rush and I put off seeing him just yet.
     
  6. Beresford

    Beresford New in Town

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    Try RGM Watch Repair. https://watchrepairsusa.com/RGM/wat...sArBjBVL24-4OT3jVSUL9aju3_s4Z0pxoCVxQQAvD_BwE
     
  7. Turnip

    Turnip One Too Many

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  8. Brandrea33

    Brandrea33 A-List Customer

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    Unfortunately I am not familiar with that brand or reference however, I use Damiani Jewelers in Woodbridge Ontario. Chonger is name of the mechanical watch repair specialist there, and he does excellent work. I used him on a 1967 5513.

    Perhaps they are worth a call.

    Good luck!
     

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