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    Advice on repair of Omega Pocket watch

    Dear All,
    I am wondering if anyone could provide advice on getting an Omega pocket watch repaired. Does anyone know a good place to get a watch repaired at a reasonable price in or around the London area?

    How much can I expect to pay for a service? Assuming there is nothing major wrong/requires replacing?

    The movement inside is a "Calibre 38.5L.T1".

    Many thanks for any advice you can provide.

    Paul

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    Re: Advice on repair of Omega Pocket watch

    Does the BHI (British Horological Institute) list watchmaker members? If so, that would be a good first step.

    Maybe local members will have some suggestions. Unless you need a lot of work, here in the states winder service is around 60 euros and automatic service around 100 euros (of course here in the states they expect to be paid in dollars ).
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    Re: Advice on repair of Omega Pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Does the BHI (British Horological Institute) list watchmaker members? If so, that would be a good first step.

    Maybe local members will have some suggestions. Unless you need a lot of work, here in the states winder service is around 60 euros and automatic service around 100 euros (of course here in the states they expect to be paid in dollars ).
    Thanks, at least that gives me an idea on the cost. I have called 2 places in London so far, one offering it for £240 and one for £75. The £75 one doesnt sound too far off, once you take into account the rip off britain addition :)

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    Re: Advice on repair of Omega Pocket watch

    We like pictures (hint hint).

    Omega pocket watches are usually fairly easy to service, with good parts availability, but it depends somewhat on the grade. If its a typical one, you won't need a specialist, just someone competent. The higher grade ones are worth giving to a more seasoned (read: expensive) watchmaker.
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    Even though I'm not from the UK, I always send my watches to this guy: Watch Guy | Watch repair blog
    I'm sure there are others as well, but what I like about Christian is that he opens up the watch, and if he doesn't think he can repair it, he'll give it back to you without any costs. And it's cool that you can see what he did and show it to others afterwards as well ;)

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    Re: Advice on repair of Omega Pocket watch

    It's a beautiful watch!

    Unfortunately I'm an absolute n00b when it comes to watches and movements (apart from 'Oh! I like the look of that one!' and then Googling like mad), so I can't help you further.
    Regardless to whom you send your watch, I think more watchmakers should follow Christians example and post their work on the net; it's nice for potential buyers to see if someone is careful, what his/her views are on cleaning, replacing and restoring, etc.

    I just looked up a recent email from Christian, and he quoted me ± £20 for oiling and adjust, and £80 for a full service in case of a very dirty movement. This was not for a pocket watch, and maybe there's more work or something going into that, but at least it's an indication.

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    Re: Advice on repair of Omega Pocket watch

    I have contacted him and feel confident with him, i really like the idea of the blog. It is a present for my father so i think that being able to show him the blog with the inner workings of the device is a wonderful idea.

    Thankyou very much for the recommendation.

    I too am very much a "n00b" too, i think they are amazing devices both inside and out.

    My next job is to try and find out more about the watch and the meaning of the engraving on the back.

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    You're welcome. I'm looking forward to the blog post about this watch :)

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    Re: Advice on repair of Omega Pocket watch

    Its a British Military issue...the "broad arrow" indicates the property of the british government. The serial number should be dupilicated on the edge of the case as well. The GSTP stands for (depending on who you ask) General Service Trade Pattern (although some say the T stands for Temporary). These are some of the more common British military pocket watches, that were acquired just before the start of WWII. The story I heard is that they realized they were dangerously ill-equipped in the face of increasing European turmoil, and began sourcing suitable Swiss watches to fill the gap. Originally, the hands and parts of the dial would have been lumed (glow in the dark paint), but that's been stripped off since. Probably a good thing, since WWII lume was usually radium based. Nowadays, many people use a carefully coloured version of SuperLuminova to replace that. That'll give the dial its original look without being a health hazard. But you'd need to find a good dial painter for that Otherwise, just leave the dial as it is.
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