I just bought a great 1896 pocket watch with an absolutely beautiful Elgin 18s 17 jewel adjusted movement. The watch and movement were recently serviced; it looks absolutely minty fresh and runs great.
Unfortunately, even though it seems to have been packed very well (bubble wrapped and shipped in a large box filled with peanuts), the watch still got bumped during shipping. When I received it, the minute hand was loose inside the case. It was easy enough to repost using a pair of fine tweezers (although the tip is a little bent, I unfortunately didn't notice that until I had already pressed the hand back onto the post, and I lack the tools required to unpost it or straighten it. That's only a very minor cosmetic issue and no big deal for me personally).
My main concern is that the watch seems to be gaining a couple minutes every day, which seems a high degree of error for a movement of this quality (I also have a 17 jewel Gruen from the 1920s and a 15 jewel Waltham from 1907, both of which only gain a minute or so per week at most). I figure maybe the regulator or something else inside got knocked around, since the watch was hit hard enough to dislodge the minute hand.
Now, although the seller accepts returns, I really don't want to send it back, as it's a absolutely stellar watch and (other than the larger-than-expected margin of error) looks and runs great, and I think I got it for a pretty good price. I was wondering if I could take it to a watchmaker and get it re-timed. I don't think I would need to have the movement completely serviced as that was done recently already; I just want to get the error rate down to more acceptable levels for a watch of this quality.
I was wondering if anyone knew how difficult it would be to have this done, and how much it would cost. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!