My mother dug this late 1800s 14k Elgin pocket watch out of her dresser the other day and gave it to me. It was apparently assembled by a distant paternal relative of hers.
I took it to my local AWCI watchmaker (who — see previous post about a recently serviced and fogged Rolex of mine in this forum — has left a bad taste in my mouth) and told me that it had a tangled hairspring and quoted me minimum of $500 to repair. I’ve thought about sending it to Vortic Watches in Colorado for repair: they’re $400, and seem to be well-reputed.
Historically, what should a repair like this cost, and where would y’all send it to get fixed up?
Apologies for the pics attached not being super high quality. Best regards to all.
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