Vintage Watch and Chronograph
Repair and Restoration
Mechanical wristwatch service includes disassembly, cleaning, installing new mainspring, oiling, adjusting and timing (parts & mainspring costs are additional). A minimum fee of $75.00 is charged for evaluation and estimate. This non-refundable fee will be applied to the repair charges when the work is complete. Insured shipping with tracking both ways is required. I specialize in the restoration of the LeCoultre Futurematics and have many parts for these. Dial refinishing can be accommodated but this work is sent out to the suppliers. If you contact me with pictures of your watch, I can give you a ballpark estimate at no charge but this estimate will not include parts prices and/or additional work that might be needed once the movement is disassembled. Please note that I consider my estimates proprietary and are not to be share with anyone else or posted on any websites/forums. Contact Chronodeco
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if you wish. If you want a ball park idea of repair costs,
send me a list of the problems you are having with your watch
and some close up pictures and I will try to give you a repair
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The Breitling Navitimer that went through the washer
and dryer over 20 years ago
I received this watch in March of 2012 with the story
about how it had gone thought the washer and dryer a long
time ago. It was a challenging project to say the least but
a project that was very rewarding to finish for this customer.
Here is the letter that he wrote after he received the completed
"I will definitely wear the Breitling now that it is
fixed, especially next time I see my dad. Like I have said
before, he gave me the Breitling after I soloed his J-3 Cub.
He bought the Cub way back in 1963 when he was 20 years old
(the cub is two years older than he is). He has had the Cub
longer than he has known my mom and always joked with her
she would go before the Cub would. He was shipped over to
Vietnam shortly after buying the Cub, and even though he has
never talked much about it, he either bought the Breitling
when he was overseas or right after he got back.
I soloed the Cub in high school and he gave me the watch the
same day. He was my instructor, so we always had a great time
together flying. He said the watch was just something he picked
up back in his Air Force days, but never really said much
more about it. I cringe now, but I wore it as a daily watch
because it was a "cool aviator style watch". I didn't
really have an appreciation for its value, neither monetary
nor sentimental. I would always put it in my pants pockets
when I dressed out for track practice and sure enough, I forgot
to take it out of my pants one day and that's when it went
through the washer and dryer. My mom found it and knew it
was broke and gave it to me and told me to make sure my dad
never knew what happened. Man did I ever feel guilty and ashamed.
I put it in a box and left it there for years, always feeling
guilty about what I did. It wasn't until recently when my
wife was cleaning out some boxes that she found it and asked
if I still wanted it. That's when started searching the web
and I tracked you down. The funny thing is, my dad recently
lost his medical certificate and couldn't fly the Cub anymore,
so he sold it to me for $1.00. When we were moving it from
St. Louis Missouri out to Johnson City Tennessee where I live
now, he actually asked if I still had the Breitling he gave
me. I told him I still had it, but probably needed to get
it serviced since I hadn't worn it "in a while".
I told him the Cub and the Breitling were the two things he
never had to worry about me getting rid of.
So needless to say, having you getting the watch back into
working condition meant a lot more to me than just fixing
a valuable watch. In some ways it is like you have erased
a lot of the guilt I have had over it for the last 20 years.
For that, I can't thank you enough. This summer I plan on
flying the Cub back to St. Louis to fly it again with my dad,
and you can bet I will have the Breitling on my wrist when
Thank you for all you have done,