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    Servicing my grandpas old Benrus

    Hello everybody!

    New to the forum but have been reading threads for a while on here.

    Anyway I have my grandpas old 10kt gold Benrus and while it may not have any financial value to it, it does have sentimental value to me because I never met him and it's the one thing i have of his that I can actually use, wear and show off. It works perfectly and keeps fantastic time somehow even though my dad kept it locked up for 30 or 40 years without ever wearing or winding it. BUT i would like to have it serviced just to make sure it keeps running for years to come and maybe even have the dial and crystal cleaned just a little bit even though its not too bad at all. Does anyone know how much this will cost me or does anyone know of a watchmaker who services them for cheap primarily in the Chicago area? I'm a little nervous shipping it in a box across the states and end up losing it.

    Thanks for all the help!

    Alex Selig
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    Re: Servicing my grandpas old Benrus

    Quote Originally Posted by selig33 View Post

    . . . it does have sentimental value to me . . . .

    . . . just to make sure it keeps running for years to come . . .

    . . . a watchmaker who services them for cheap primarily in the Chicago area . . .
    Leave it in the drawer until you can afford to pay a professional what they are due. There are some great watchmakers in the Chicago area. They deserve a Merry Christmas too.

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    Yes as pithy says, if it is an heirloom then you don't want it done 'cheap'. You want it done right.

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    Re: Servicing my grandpas old Benrus

    By the way, Benrus for a number of years was located in Chicago. Do as Pithy says. Benrus made good, solid watches.

    Not ot keep you wondering, but the company that used to own the Benrus brand name, Hampden watches (yes, as in Duber-Hampden) is located in Chicago and owned by Fantasy Jewels.

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    Re: Servicing my grandpas old Benrus

    Hi Alex,

    Quote Originally Posted by selig33 View Post
    It works perfectly and keeps fantastic time....
    ....a watchmaker who services them for cheap
    Well, lets argue your options:
    1) Carry the watch to a cheap guy. He will ask some bucks, and if you're lucky, I does nothing.
    Result: It works perfectly and keeps fantastic time. So you're happy, and have the feeling to have done something good
    2) Carry it to a professional. He will ask maybe $50 to $150 for a simple manual winder, if there is no need for any repair. Any further activities will increase the costs.
    Result: It works perfectly and keeps fantastic time. At the first glance the very same for more money, at the second the presently good technical shape is maintained for some ten years, if you carry it daily, and up to 20 years if you only wear it occasionally.

    Of course the bills from professionals vary, because not all sit on the same costs to run their business, and because all have their individual imaginations about what has to be done at minimum, and what they want to earn at minimum. But you can be sure that anybody asking less than $50 to mantain the present state for a couple of years, is either insane, a bloody botcher, or a fraudster. Any I'd not like to choose from these options.

    If you have mind an time, read here about disasters after cheap repairs:
    Ranfft Watches, Troubles
    And these are not exceptional cases, just the typical daily mdness met by repairers.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
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