The item in question is my Hampden Pocket Watch - an heirloom that I am hoping to restore ASAP.
The issue is: No Watchmaker can find a jeweler that will repair the case. The hinge of the case has snapped. From what Watchmakers tell me, this is a very specialized craft to fix the case hinge, which involves a new tube and soldering.
The first Watchmaker had my watch for three months. He could not find a local jeweler to repair the case and hinge. So he did not restore the watch. I have done some calling around locally, and the other Watchmaker I called said it would take a year! (Read: YEAR) to repair the case hinge.
I have done some research on Boston area restorers, but maybe I am missing someone. If you are able, please recommend a Watchmaker who has a great relationship with a specialized jeweler who can fix my case. Thanks!