While visiting my in-laws this Christmas, my 79-year old father-in-law took out an old lockbox full of medals and other ancient treasures that formerly belonged to his father. He was showing them to my young kids, who were of course fascinated (as was I!)
Among the forgotten heirlooms was an old pocketwatch (photos below). After Grandpa put away the lockbox, I told my wife I thought we should (with Grandma's permission) sneak out with the watch and have it professional restored to working condition as an 80th Birthday present for her dad. I know it might end up costing more than the watch is really worth, but I know the sentimental value would be profound to him, and I can easily see him carrying around the restored watch and showing it gleefully to his friends. Which puts a big old smile on my face.
So- I'm here to ask both for suggestions on trustworthy antique watch restoration outfits, as well as seek any additional information anybody might have about this particular model of watch.
Thanks very much for any guidance or insight anyone can provide.