I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)
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    I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    I have a Jean Pierre pocket watch. It has the Unitas 6497 movement. I purchased it at Christmas time after a new found interest in them as a side hobby to watches. Initially I had a cheap one just to see if one could fit into my life in any meaningful way. Now I can’t do without one. The winding daily routine and it’s always on me along with a wrist watch. I feel it’s more acceptable than two watches.

    The issue? It started losing time, not sure what the issue was but it lost 5 minutes in around a day... I figured I’d calibrate it at the weekend. I used my hairspring app which gives me good results. The adjuster went from left to right but wouldn’t come close to good time. Silly me after a couple of Friday beers noticed after sober me ‘calibrated’ it it was off a minute in less than a few hours. I stupidly tried again and rotated the adjuster too far. It came off and the hairspring followed... Darwin Award awarded....

    Im in the UK. I have purchased a replacement already but... should I send it for repair considering there was an issue before I made it worse or just let it go on the bay? UK repair centres recommended? It was £200 to buy. The brand may be so so but the movement is decent and I do like it.

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    Re: I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    Should be a simple fix for almost any watchmaker in the local area. Nothing is broken but rather needs to be snapped back together. If the hairspring is not bent up, should need no parts. A basic service would put the parts back and address the timing issues.
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    Re: I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    I would also say that a service should cost less than a new watch of that type. Which makes it economical. Even if you aren't going to use it, the hairpsing should be fixed to lie flat again before it is permanently warped out of shape (if it isn't gone beyond recovery already) so act fast or face higher costs in the future.

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    Thanks. I’ll have a ring around for quotes. :)
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    Re: I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    Someone ripped You off in the first place.
    For 200gbp it should have come in a serviced condition because watches with this movement sell for $20-$30 on ebay.
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    Re: I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    Quote Originally Posted by laikrodukas View Post
    Someone ripped You off in the first place.
    For 200gbp it should have come in a serviced condition because watches with this movement sell for $20-$30 on ebay.
    I disagree. Completed ones that are 17j seem to range in the $250-$350 new. That is based on sold listings. A basic service on a time only should not set you back too much on costs. Ask around the local watchmakers in your area for pricing to service the watch.
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    Re: I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    Quote Originally Posted by thoth View Post
    I disagree. Completed ones that are 17j seem to range in the $250-$350 new. That is based on sold listings. A basic service on a time only should not set you back too much on costs. Ask around the local watchmakers in your area for pricing to service the watch.
    I had a ring around and was quoted anything from £200 to £400. My local jewellers are very basic. I did buy this new however, instead of bringing it back under warranty I went down the silly route although simple of DIY and broke it.
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    Re: I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    Did you try the database of watchmakers in the forum sticky?

    forums.watchuseek.com/f11/watch-repair-geographical-location-search-engines-3433002.html

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    Re: I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    Derek411...the prices you were quoted are silly...WAY off-the-mark. thoth is correct: if the hairspring was not damaged when the regulator came apart, this is about as easy a fix as possible.

    I will suggest--at the same time--that the spring may be distorted. Some shops are not interested in attempting to straighten hairsprings, and prefer to order a new one, and this will certainly add to your Bill.
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    Re: I broke my pocket watch. (UK service recommendations or sell)

    Thanks all. I’m giving it up. Let’s me know that unless it’s an expensive watch, sell as parts/hobby service then replace is the best option. Plus it developed an issue before I helped the issue. ;) Maybe a full service despite its age was required. It happens.
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