Preserving Legacy— One Repair At A Time

Ornate timepieces are built to last. They are designed to be cared for and passed down through generations.

Owning a luxury watch is not only an investment in your own personal legacy, but also a sound idea from a financial perspective. The Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index consistently rates luxury watches amongst the best performing assets when it comes to value appreciation.

If you own a piece of history that’s sentimentally and financially valuable, it makes sense that you’d want to keep it in the best possible condition.

In some cases, long-forgotten timepieces can fall into disrepair and lose a lot of their “sheen”. This is normal for any luxury watch that hasn’t been maintained for decades. St. Louis’ hot and humid climate can be especially unforgiving to timepieces that haven’t been properly protected from the elements. 

The best way to return your luxury watch to its former glory is to involve the services of an expert in vintage watch restoration.

Looking for “watch restoration near me?”

Fortunately for the residents of St. Louis, our team of professional watch restoration experts are passionate about this process. We’re also very good at it.

What’s Involved in Watch Restoration?

Our approach falls into three categories: 

Complete Movement Overhaul

The machine inside a timepiece, especially one that has been designed and built by master watchmakers, is extremely complex. While components are typically very durable, their interaction with each other is extremely fragile and susceptible to damage.

When a piece that has severely deteriorated is brought to us, one of our first objectives is to get the piece functioning like the day it was made.

This involves a complicated and sensitive series of processes:

First, we completely dismantle the timepiece for inspection. Correctly identifying the sources of mechanical problems is a critical step.
Where possible, components are cleaned and repaired, although, in some cases, it may be necessary to replace severely worn parts. In most cases it's the mainspring and gasket that need to be changed.
At this point our technicians turn their attention to calibration. This step ensures that the watch tells time accurately and will continue doing so well into the future.
Once all parts have been cleaned and oiled, reassembly begins. Understandably, this is a very fragile step in the restoration process and our technicians take utmost care to ensure continued durability.

Complete Watch Polishing

With the mechanics taken care of, it’s time to focus on external aesthetics. A large part of a luxury item’s value is tied to how it looks, not only how it operates. This is something we are extremely sensitive of. Our technicians polish and refurbish both the band and the case. 

We also take quality control seriously, and subject all restored timepieces to 72 hours of additional testing. We want our customers to feel like their heirloom has been returned to them in as good a condition as the day it was purchased.

Our Polishing Process Includes:

Polishing and Refurbishing of Case and Band
Pressure Testing to Ensure Water Resistance
72hr Quality Control Testing
1 Year Service and Satisfaction Guarantee

New Crystal Glass

A watch’s glass is often the component that shows the most wear and tear. This is why we often encourage our customers to replace their timepiece’s crystal with a more durable material.

Sapphire scratch resistant crystal is the most popular choice to ensure maximum durability. Sapphire crystal is incredibly tough and ranks just below diamond in the Mohs mineral hardness scale.

If your timepiece is capable of having the glass replaced, doing so with Sapphire is always an excellent renewal step.


Need a Watch Restoration Service in St. Louis?

One of the best ways to spot a reputable company is to see how long they’ve been in the business of vintage watch restoration. At Watch Technicians, we’ve been serving St. Louis for over 80 years.

In that time we have attended to some of the world’s most exclusive brands, implementing Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Omega watch restoration. We’ll take care of your timepiece, and bring back its like-new sheen.

Call or visit us today.