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JessieJames

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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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JessieJames

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Montreal, QC
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.
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
 

Seb Lucas

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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.
 

JessieJames

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Montreal, QC
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.
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.
 

Beresford

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

Brandrea33

Practically Family
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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!
 

Otium

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Just Outside the Beltway, MD
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.
He did a great job on my grandfather's Hamilton railroad watch, but he screwed up my Omega Seamaster screw down crown and I had to get it fixed by the official dealer for a mint. On an old Zeno he also messed up aligning the hands so the hour hand didn't point right on the hour marker when the minute hand was at the top of the hour. Very frustrating and he was a bit grouchy when I pointed it out. Won't use him again except for the pocket watch.
 

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