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    Vintage service question

    Hi guys, I work with a guy who has inherited a vintage Omega moonphase and a (he's pretty sure) 1920's Patek Phillipe gold pocket watch with Tiffany branding. He's not interested in selling, just wants it serviced. I haven't asked him whether he wants a full restoration or just gettin it back to working order. Any names or reccomendations greatly appreciated, seems I'm the wis at work everyone comes to with questions Adam

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    Re: Vintage service question

    Here is the general answer for US watchmakers, from the forum links:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=166630
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    Re: Vintage service question

    Patek will fix ANYTHING they have EVER made... It will not be cheap or fast but it will be done well.

    But for just a routine service, any competent watchmaker will do. Since it is a Patek and they need to exercise extra care, they usually will charge more.

    There is a saying in the vintage sports car community that when a Ferrari owner complains about the cost or service, he is too poor to own a Ferrari. I suppose the same can be said about Pateks
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Vintage service question

    Hey MvyAdam,

    As I'm sure you know, Patek Philippe is one of the premier watchmakers. You can send it to either PP or to a general watchmaker for servicing, but just keep in mind that, it being a PP, it will not be cheap to service. IF your friend can afford it, I'd say send it to PP for a real professional service. If he can't, a competent watchmaker will be able to do just as good a job and it might cost less, too.
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    Re: Vintage service question

    Thanks for the replies guys, will let him know
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