Vintage watch repair in Spain/Europe

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    Vintage watch repair in Spain/Europe

    Hi All,
    I moved to Santander. Spain a few months ago and have a couple watches which need servicing. Does anyone have any recommendations for good vintage watch repair? I have an 80's Le Jour Chronograph with a Valjoux 7750 which needs a rebuild and a Cortebert Chrono from the 40s/50s with a Venus movement which needs some attention as well. Ideally it would be someone in Northern Spain but I guess I could send the watches wherever the shipping wasn't a complete pain. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nats111 View Post
    Hi All,
    I moved to Santander. Spain a few months ago and have a couple watches which need servicing. Does anyone have any recommendations for good vintage watch repair? I have an 80's Le Jour Chronograph with a Valjoux 7750 which needs a rebuild and a Cortebert Chrono from the 40s/50s with a Venus movement which needs some attention as well. Ideally it would be someone in Northern Spain but I guess I could send the watches wherever the shipping wasn't a complete pain. Thanks.
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    Thanks pithy, do you have any experience with them? I am going to go there tomorrow and see what it's like.

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    Re: Vintage watch repair in Spain/Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by nats111 View Post
    Hi All,
    I moved to Santander. Spain a few months ago and have a couple watches which need servicing. Does anyone have any recommendations for good vintage watch repair? I have an 80's Le Jour Chronograph with a Valjoux 7750 which needs a rebuild and a Cortebert Chrono from the 40s/50s with a Venus movement which needs some attention as well. Ideally it would be someone in Northern Spain but I guess I could send the watches wherever the shipping wasn't a complete pain. Thanks.
    I will recomend Paulo Girão in Sintra-Portugal.
    Before:

    After his work:


    Any doubts i can help you.


    Step by step i will be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sansoni7 View Post
    I will recomend Paulo Girão in Sintra-Portugal. . . . .
    I find this work disappointing.

    If he was going to be this invasive removing the finish he should have filled and smoothed all the imperfections on the lugs and on the bezel surrounding the crystal and replaced the bars for safety purposes.

    C+ at best.
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    Re: Vintage watch repair in Spain/Europe

    In France, I have mine Charly La Passion des Montres Bienvenue sur www.montresexpert.com
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    Re: Vintage watch repair in Spain/Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Sansoni7 View Post
    I will recomend Paulo Girão in Sintra-Portugal.
    Before:

    After his work:


    Any doubts i can help you.

    The dial looks better "before" than "after". It had vintage, warm look, now it's bleached.
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    Re: Vintage watch repair in Spain/Europe

    It´s your opinion...not mine...sorry.

    Another exemple:





    Thank you.


    Step by step i will be there.

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    Re: Vintage watch repair in Spain/Europe

    Thanks guys, I ended up taking it to the place in Santander recommended by Pithy. They seem to do mostly refurbishing of cases and dials and less actual watchmaking, but I talked with the watchmaker and he was interested in doing a clean and rebuild. I made it very clear I didn't want any re-finishing. I hope to pick it up this week. I'll post some pics when I can.

    I go through Paris often so maybe I can check out Charly sometime.

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