Good vintage (30s) watch servicing in the UK? (Hamilton, Gruen etc)
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    Good vintage (30s) watch servicing in the UK? (Hamilton, Gruen etc)

    So I used to think Ryte Time was the obvious place to go, but I understand he has retired now?

    I have quite a list of 30's-40's period watches which need servicing - is there anyone recommended in the UK for this type of thing? Only one of them is actually faulty but (winding 'slips') and I have a spare matching movement in a really horrible case to use as parts to repair it. The rest are just ones I picked up over the past 3-4 years on ebay which arrived, were tested, worn once or twice then stored in my watch box as they had an unknown last service date.

    Reasonable price and/or turnaround is obviously best if possible, but a couple I've never seen a matching example of and I want to be sure they'll come back as nice as they were sent. One of the Gruens especially is a treasured item.

    Recommendations appreciated - it's time I got this done!

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    Re: Good vintage (30s) watch servicing in the UK? (Hamilton, Gruen etc)

    If you're in England, this BHI Register lists their members on a county by county basis.

    For pocket watches: http://bhi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/...ET-WATCHES.pdf. For wrist watches: http://bhi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/...er-WATCHES.pdf

    Hope this may be of some help.

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    Re: Good vintage (30s) watch servicing in the UK? (Hamilton, Gruen etc)

    This guy is absolutely brilliant. Brought my Cyma back from the dead a few months ago by re-shaping the hairspring! O.N. Atelier - Watch Servicing, Restoration & Repair Blog

    Also fairly fast service and reasonable prices.
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    Re: Good vintage (30s) watch servicing in the UK? (Hamilton, Gruen etc)

    It would help us if we knew where you live in the UK , or would you rather do it by post ?
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    Re: Good vintage (30s) watch servicing in the UK? (Hamilton, Gruen etc)

    Post is fine, but I'm in cambs.

    @balaton thanks for the links, I'm trying to find someone that forum members have experience with though

    @sgjs I'll add him to my shortlist in that case

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    Re: Good vintage (30s) watch servicing in the UK? (Hamilton, Gruen etc)

    Ryte Time us still running, but it's not Steve anymore.

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    Re: Good vintage (30s) watch servicing in the UK? (Hamilton, Gruen etc)

    Do they still do good work - does anyone have experience of using them?

    I'm actually selling a couple of watches to get the collection size down and then get the rest serviced, but looking at it there's at least 6 which need doing still.

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