I've never posted here so apologies if this is incorrect procedure. I have a 1911 Elgin (1000 were made, 15 jewel, here's the page http://elginwatches.org/cgi-bin/elgi...&action=search) which I was given randomly and I got an estimate on it from the pocket watch fixer via a jeweler. I was told something was wrong with the mainspring and that certain parts had to be replaced (idk if it was the mainspring itself). The estimate was $450 and I felt that was very high considering the fact that, correct if I'm wrong, Elgins aren't very special or rare. The face and exterior of mine is in very good condition. I read on another post here that going through a jeweler is a terrible idea because the costs are inflated. Can anybody confirm this?
And if anybody knows a reliable place to ship such a watch for repair, or knows a good place near Kansas City, MO, I would very much appreciate it. I will be looking for an independent watch fixer to get an estimate, but I thought I'd ask here first.
I just don't want to pay such a number since the most expensive watch I've ever bought was brand new and at 300 USD (its a double hunter ruhla no complications, idk if that's fancy or not). I was willing to pay 300 for the repair, though I don't know if that's a standard cost for such a standard watch.