Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

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    Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    Hi,

    I have an old Favre Leuba Sea King (with 253 movement), and it seems to have worn winding wheels. I tried a High St jewellers that did repairs for Swiss watches, but they said they couldn't repair it because the parts were obsolete.

    I have found places on the internet that specialise in obsolete parts (probably from other old movements).

    Is it sensible (in terms of budget and result) to just source the required parts myself and get a local place to do the repair or should I just take it to a place that specialises in repairing vintage watches (assuming they have their own contacts/sources for the obsolete parts)?

    I assume that the latter would charge premium prices, or does anyone know any specialist places in the UK or Europe that charge similar prices to local places?

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    Re: Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    If the watchmaker will deal with the 'outsourced' parts, go for it. My watchmaker says his second biggest pain is finding parts... (His first is people who want their watches back and working within a week or two. He is a one man show and is busy busy busy.)
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    you may find it better to find the part yourself or a donar movement then send it to a local watchguy to repair and dont send it to those that only do watch straps and battery changes, you will need a proper watchguy, even go to a watchguy first and just see if he has the parts because some may already have some parts from other jobs done in the past.

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    Re: Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    People who specialize in vintage watch work will usually have a cache of parts available. Winding gears are somewhat easier to source then the more breakable things like pinions and balance wheels, so shouldn't be too hard. However, a lot of FL watches are coming in from india/asia, and can have some rather nasty corrosion hidden under the plates.
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    Re: Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    Sometimes, 'I can't get parts' is code for 'I don't want to fix your watch'. I tried a watchmaker locally who told me he couldn't get parts for a 1960 Elgin.

    Really? Because I CAN.

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    Re: Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    Thanks for all the advice. Re: the point of FL's from India and SEA, I got this one in the UK, but I've noticed loads advertised from India on the bay.

    Are they genuine? If so, why are there so many of them from there?

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    Re: Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ptarmigan View Post
    Thanks for all the advice. Re: the point of FL's from India and SEA, I got this one in the UK, but I've noticed loads advertised from India on the bay.

    Are they genuine? If so, why are there so many of them from there?
    The Favre Leubas from India are genuine but often refinished.

    The reason that there are so many in India is simply that lots of FL's were sold there.

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    Re: Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    check your watch dial and then search ebay for similar looking watches from India and bingo that should be it !

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    Re: Where to go for repairs and servicing of old watches with obsolete parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ptarmigan View Post
    Hi,

    I have an old Favre Leuba Sea King (with 253 movement), and it seems to have worn winding wheels. I tried a High St jewellers that did repairs for Swiss watches, but they said they couldn't repair it because the parts were obsolete.

    I have found places on the internet that specialise in obsolete parts (probably from other old movements).

    Is it sensible (in terms of budget and result) to just source the required parts myself and get a local place to do the repair or should I just take it to a place that specialises in repairing vintage watches (assuming they have their own contacts/sources for the obsolete parts)?

    I assume that the latter would charge premium prices, or does anyone know any specialist places in the UK or Europe that charge similar prices to local places?
    I'm in the U.S., but I enjoy being able to find the parts that other watchmakers don't seem to be able to find. I suspect there are other watchmakers like me all over the world, you may just have to do some searching.
    Need parts? Tech manuals? Serial Number lookup? www.watchrepairinfo.com

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