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Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:19 pm

I've been adding to this list for about 3 years. This will be a permanent post, updated when necessary. Please let me know if you have anything to add.

Free Technical Information

Technical Guides and Manuals: A. Shild, A. Shield, Citizen, ETA, ISA, LeCoultre, Omega, Rolex, Seiko, many others.To find technical sheets use this link http://www.cousinsuk.com/document/category/4.aspx

Seiko Technical Guides and Manuals: http://www.seikodigitalwatches.com/ http://forums.watchuseek.com/f365/seiko ... 99038.html

ETA Swiss Lab: http://www.eta.ch/ click on the "x" , then click "skip", then "welcome" then "training center" then "eta swiss lab".

Ranfft's Site- great for identifying movements, Search by caliber or you can also search by 3 letter code on balance bridge. Color pictures, dimensions, power reserve http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db. ... ft&0&2uswk

Accutron 214 service manual http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/ebooks.html

Hamilton 500 Electric (◦Service And Repair Of The Hamilton Electric Watch, Hamilton Watch Co, 1959. )
http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/ebooks.html

Hamilton 505 (◦Electric Watch Repair Manual by Henry B Fried, 1965 )
http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/ebooks.html

Many more technical sheets online here:
http://www.phfactor.net/wtf/ Included are Bulova, Universal, Rolex, Longines, Omega, Valjoux, among others.

Tool Suppliers

Almost all the suppliers for watch parts also supply tools

Uncle Larry's-used and vintage/antique watchmaker's tools: http://www.execulink.com/~lfoord/tools.html

McMaster- Carr: large selection of new tools: http://www.mcmaster.com/#

Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup

Elgin Watches: http://elginwatches.org/databases/elgin_sn_intro.html

Hamilton (you must be a NAWCC member and be logged in for this resource) http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/resource ... on/hamruns

Hampden (click on Hampden on the page that pops up) http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/pw_dbresearch.html

Rockford (click on Rockford on the page that pops up) http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/pw_dbresearch.html

South Bend (click on South Bend on the page that pops up) http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/pw_dbresearch.html

Waltham- http://www.nawcc-info.org/WalthamDB/LookupSN.asp

Watch Parts Suppliers

Barton and Chase Supply house- http://www.bartonandchase.com/ (800) 333-1961

Brian Cavanaugh: pwpartsetc@pwatch.com American pocket watch parts

Bryan Eyring: bdeyring@hotmail.com American pocket watch parts

Cas-ker http://www.casker.com/ large selection of new wristwatch parts, new tools, etc. email contact casker@casker.com To order individual Watch Parts please Call 1.800.487.0408 or Fax 1.800.487.5848

Dashto http://www.dashto.org- large selection of used movements, tools, and nos and used parts. American Pocket watch parts (you usually must know the part number). Large selection of glass crystals. If you need a part for a wristwatch, you may want to just order the entire movement from Dashto and then save the movement for your own parts supply.GREAT DEALS ON AMERICAN POCKET WATCH STAFFS email contact- dashto@cox.net

Eckcells -Supply house with website: http://www.eckcells.com/ some hard to find parts for vintage watches.
email contact eckcells@gmail.com
800-514-1270

Esslingers-Supply house with website http://www.esslinger.com/ some hard to find parts for vintage watches. email contact
jeans@esslinger.com
Tel (651) 452-7180
Fax (651) 452-4298

Jules Borel- http://www.julesborel.com Some American pocket watch parts-Many American PW staffs and mainsprings. large selection of American PW staffs $10 each (you must know original part number) large selection of new wristwatch parts, new tools, etc. email contact orders@julesborel.com) Order Desk: 800.776.6858 • Order Fax: 800.776.6862 • Office: 816.421.6110 Low shippings costs- excellent website- many whitealloy mainsprings for American pocket watches only $15 WEBSITE IS AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE FOR PARTS INTERCHANGABILITY!
Their catalog is available online, but you'll have to call and set up an account before they will ship your order.

McCaw's http://www.mccawcompany.com/products.htm Many American Pocket Watch parts, staffs, mainsprings, many hard to find American Pocket Watch parts
They will usually ship the same day - low shipping costs.
email contact info@mccawcompany.com
1-800-537-0343

Mechanical Watch Supply LLC: http://mechanicalwatchsupply.com/ Another source for hard to find parts. Look elsewhere first, because he admits he charges more, but he has rare and hard to find wrist and pocket watch parts. He admits he charges more, but if you can't find the part elsewhere...

Otto Frei- http://www.ofrei.com/ many hard to find Omega parts. Some kits to build your own watch, new parts, movements, watch cases, etc.
email contact
info@ofrei.com
510-832-0355
800.900.3734 (fax)

Past Time Pocket Watch Parts- Large Selection of NOS American Pocket Watch Parts. Many hard to find parts. http://ptpwp.com/ contact info: info@ptpwp.com

tbob45@aol.com- American Pocket Watch Parts (bought out Uncle Larry's in Canada) some hard to find parts. I use him all the time for American Pocket Watch parts.

Twin City supply house http://www.twincitysupply.net/about.html some hard to find parts.
email contact twincitysupply@msn.com
1-800-328-6009
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:44 pm

Glyn,
can you add this to the post above?

Resources for crystals- fancy, glass pocket watch, etc.
Round plastic crystals (for pocket watches or wristwatches) are available from the parts suppliers listed under Watch Parts Suppliers

Flat and domed glass crystals (mineral glass or saphire) are available from the parts suppliers listed under Watch Parts Suppliers

Round glass crystals for pocket watches are available from: http://www.dashto.org

Fancy crystals (look up the number in your G-S crystal catalog) are available from:
Jules Borel http://www.julesborel.com or McCaws info@mccawcompany.com and possibly other watch parts suppliers

If you encounter a crystal that can't be sourced- consider sending it to:

http://www.newarkjewelers.com

Newark Jewelers Supply
1581 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

800-900-9544
fax 973-762-7762

call to set up account or payment method

Mailing address for crystals

Newark Supply
1581 Springfield Avenue
Suite 3
Maplewood, NJ 07040

cost is about $15, plus shipping for almost any crystal.
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby Glyn Meredith » Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:14 am

If there are updates to this topic, please post as a new messages. If that supersedes information in a previous message then I'm prepared to edit the original message.
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:58 am

More free info: Elgin 1915 Master Catalog- lists nearly every Elgin original part number from before 1915. http://elginwatches.org/scans/tech_doc/ ... index.html also available as a free download - see bottom of the linked page.

Another source for pocket watch glass crystals : http://allouezcybergiftshop.ecrater.com ... ls-various ( email gboldwatch@live.com for size availablity)
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:42 pm

Here is another resource I had forgotten about: Daves Watch Parts- mainsprings, crystal (including hard to find bullseye crystals), parts for American pocket watches, parts movments, hands, watchmaker's tools.
http://daveswatchparts.com/ dave@daveswatchparts.com
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby Glyn Meredith » Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:54 am

Hi, folks, we have a long list of resources now. I'd like to see some feedback from satisfied customers of any resource mentioned in this topic, so if you have anything good to say about any of them, please post here.

If you have anything negative to say about any of these resources, please contact me first, before posting. I don't want to get involved in a libel suit from an outraged supplier who thinks he has been unfairly defamed. :D
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:38 pm

Here are some more useful research websites. Consider looking up the patent information using these websites.
Patent info:
These sites are searchable by name of inventor or assignee (i.e. Waltham, Elgin, New Haven, etc.)

http://www.nawcc-info.org/PatentDB/PatentData.htm
http://www.google.com/patents

You must know the patent number (use above sites to obtain patent number) to use this site: http://patft1.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm

Download this program to view pictures for above site (this is a free download): http://www.alternatiff.com/

Case Hallmarks: - age, where produced, maker, etc. http://www.925-1000.com/
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:48 pm

I've been repairing watches for about 4 years now and I can't say enough good things about Jules Borel.
Their website is the best, hands down as far as I'm concerned. You need only look up the manufacturer and caliber of any watch movement, then a screen opens with the parts listed using both their stock number and the original manufacturer's part number. You click on the part and it's in your shopping cart. You can also order case parts online, by typing in the case number for many manufacturer's .

The website is also a more comprehensive version of a bestfit manual. If you click on the part in the left hand column, another screen will open and list every other watch the part will fit.

You can also search for tools in their catalog by using the search field on the home page. Their entire tool catalog is also online.

McCaw's is also very good, I usually go to McCaw's or Jules Borel first. With McCaw's I just send them an email with my parts request and they usually answer within a few hours. I live in Michigan (when I'm not at school in PA) and they're in Ohio, if I order early in the day, I get my parts the next day!

Both suppliers can supply almost any replacement balance staff or mainspring for American Pocket Watches.
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby Jdzwatches » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:20 pm

EBay info-Binocnuts
watchdoc.tripod.com/
Otto frei-phone-510-832-0355
Carigan watch co. Phone-603-267-6933
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:22 pm

I've used these suppliers:
Barton and Chase
Cas-ker
Dashto
Eckcells
Essllingers
Jules Borel
McCaws
Otto Frei
Past time Pocket Watch Parts
Twin City
Newark Supply
Dave Watch Parts
Brian Cavanaugh
Bryan Eyring
tbob45@aol.com (Bob McKnight)
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:33 am

Otto Frei sells hairsprings for many watches. Swiss wristwatch, American Pocket watches, etc. They're searchable by size and/or brand. http://www.ofrei.com/shop-bin/sc/productsearch.cgi
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:10 pm

I just found some many more technical sheets online here: http://www.phfactor.net/wtf/ Included are Bulova, Universal, Rolex, Longines, Omega, Valjoux, among others.
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:28 pm

American pocket watch balance jewels in settings with several different pivot sizes to choose from. http://www.qbstuff.com/AmWatchJewels.html only $9.99 plus shipping.
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby watchguy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:18 am

Here is another resource that can be added to the Watch Parts Supplies: Larry Crutsinger detent21@aol.com has a large supply of Hamilton military parts.
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Re: Watch Repair Resources

New postby Marty101 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:42 pm

Yo Powers That Be:

This is a very handy thread, but took me TOO danged long to find it.
Maybe you could paint it red for me or somethin'?? It took me so long to find I can't remember what I needed! :? :lol:

Seriously-this is really good stuff and we shouldn't let it get buried. Maybe we can clean it up and make it a little more practical to use?
Keep winding things,
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