Hello all. I've never ventured over to this forum before, usually staying in affordables, but I've been reading the posts here and I'm amazed by the knowledge that some members can provide just off the top of their heads. I'm hoping to find some guidance and suggestions as to how to proceed in handling the restoration of two family heirlooms to wearable form.
I asked for about a half-dozen watches from my parents for Christmas. assuming they might pick one of the models. I also asked for a very nice 16-watch travel case. I'm out of room in my current boxes (by a lot) and also need something to take with when I do travel.
I saved the box from my father as the last thing to open. I opened it up to find the exact case I'd asked for, which alone was quite a nice surprise (since he doesn't exactly approve of the number of pieces I keep racking up). Then I opened the case to check it out and saw two watches on cheap rubber straps and assumed they were display dummies that came with the box. I pulled the first one out and realized.... this was my grandfather's favorite watch, the one he left my father back in 1956 when he passed away. I was absolutely floored. It's been a bit beat up over the years physically and lacked a bracelet (thus the cheap rubber strap just to hold it in the box)- but I shook it a couple times and it started to run perfectly- after 54 years without servicing.
The second watch was another sentimental piece, a Gruen automatic that was my father's first dress watch. It was in a bit rougher shape, but no damage to the dial or case itself. Should be repairable, just not as easily as the first.
Ever since I was a kid, I've never opened a Christmas gift and didn't know what to say, regardless of cost. This year when I realized what my Dad had passed down to me, even needing some restoration, I actually got choked up for a good few minutes. I'm the youngest of my parent's four sons, and this is one of the very, very few things left from my grandfather.
I really want to get these back in working order so that I can wear them. The Omega (fingers crossed) only seems to need a light tune-up mechanically, while the Gruen has something preventing it from running. I don't care about maintaining the "value" of either, so if the issues on either can be polished or buffed out without ruining the original style and integrity, that would be wonderful. I just don't know where to even start. I just know that I'd preferably like to do business in person just because of the importance of the pieces, and to clarify what is going to be done with them. I'd like to place both on leather; the Omega on brand name leather, dependent on cost.
Was hoping someone would be able to give me a rough ballpark figure for what each watch might set me back as well, if that is even possible...
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Thanks so much to anyone who can offer me any suggestions or information about what I have here, what I need to likely have done, what it may cost, and most importantly where I even start looking for a repair shop!