At Simon Freese Watchmakers, we regard restoration as a process of returning a watch in to the best possible condition, whilst retaining its originality and individual character. Of equal importance is the dialogue between the client and the watchmaker, to acheive the best result. In order to acheive this goal, we regard the following as essential elements of any restoration:
1. An initial discussion between client and watchmaker, to establish the required result, and to set out clearly an itinery of specific repair requirements.
2. Close examination of the overall condition, to make sure that the required result can be acheived.
3. A generous allowance of time to allow for the restoration process to be undertaken without constraint.
4. Complete disassembly of the movement, and the replacement of any movement parts that are found to be worn.
5. Careful attention to the aesthetic details of the watch, to ensure that the overall character and value of the watch is enchanced.
6. Case and bracelet refinishing to be only undertaken when it is required by the client and not detrimental to the value of the watch.
6. A period of testing after the repair that allows all mechanical tolerances to be tested thoroughly.
7. A mutual understanding of reasonable costs in light of the time required and value added by the restoration process.
In light of the extensive nature of restoration, we would normally expect a time scale of two to three months, taking in to account our usual work queue and the time taken to obtain and make parts as required. please feel free to get in touch if you have any special requirements in this regard, as we will always endeavour to assist where possible.
Simon Freese Watchmakers Limited