I have received, by way of inheritance, a collection of vintage watches, and am interested in the experience forum members have had with service from luxury watch makers.
These watches are probably from the 1940s and 1950s, and have spent the last fifty years in the desk drawer. They include an Audemars wristwatch and a Vacheron Constantin triple date wristwatch, and four pocket watches, including a Vacheron, Patek Philippe, Tiffany and one without a name.
Somewhat bowled over by this. My stepfather was an attorney and did estates work, and was very very close friends with some old very recognizable NYC retail men, which is where these came from. I regard these watches as something for the family to hang onto, and want to gift the wristwatches to a young couple getting married. (The Audemars could easily be worn by a woman.) I intend to get them serviced, full cleaning etc, which I know will be very pricey, but worth it I think. Closest to me in terms of distance are a Swiss watch repair service in Ottawa Canada apparently recommended by Audemars, and a Montreal boutique for vacheron. I’m in the U.S. but those are the closest spots.
What experiences have AP and VC owners had with service and what would forum members recommend?
thank you. Tim