How to repair a priceless watch
April 9, 2009 12:38 AM   Subscribe

What is the best way to restore/repair an antique watch that has priceless sentimental value?

My maternal grandparents both lost everything during the holocaust, but my grandmother managed to recover a gold watch that she brought over to the United States. Now, 55 years after the watch came to America, my family wants to have it repaired and restored, but we have no idea how to go about doing this. The watch may or may not be valuable -- it is gold and was made by a now defunct German company -- but it has priceless sentimental value so we only want to leave the watch with someone completely trustworthy.

Who or what type of jeweler should we bring the watch to in Boston or New York that could be trusted to handle this sort of restoration? We're looking for the best option, not the cheapest option.
posted by eisenkr to Grab Bag (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I would bring it to the jewelry repair desk at Tiffany & Company and tell them the story.
posted by Maisie Jay at 12:45 AM on April 9, 2009

Best answer: Bert at Three Crown Jewelry in Needham, MA is a watchmaker and watch repairer that I would trust completely. He was trained at a watch school in Sweden and has many years of experience. If he doesn't know how to fix it, he probably knows someone that does. Just don't expect a quick turnaround. His # is 781 444 0230.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 5:58 AM on April 9, 2009

Best answer: The Swiss Watchmaker in Harvard Square, Cambridge, is another great watch repair and restoration shop. They worked on a wristwatch and a pocket watch that I inherited from my father - great work, really nice, took the time to show me what they were doing, etc.
posted by gyusan at 10:50 AM on April 9, 2009

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