Father Time restored a 1953-54, 17-jewel Altus that my father had bought at the PX in flight school and had given to me 15 years ago. The restoration was expensive, about $1,500, but the first place I took it to had it for months and couldn't find the parts for it. Another place took one look and wouldn't even try. Did I mention that I'd left the watch in the pocket of a pair of trousers that I ran through the washing machine? Yeah, that kind of repair. They opened it up, showed me the parts damaged by being sent through the washer, and showed me a few other things that had to be replaced due to 50 years of wear. They also told me exactly what kind of movement it had (can't remember which one, but it was an ébauche of some kind). A few weeks later, the work was done and it runs better than it did before its unfortunate accident. That was 2-3 years ago. More recently, they restored my father's Omega tuning fork watch, a gift from my mother to my father in 1973. Again, expensive (around $1,500), and they said that they'd essentially have to find another watch with the same movement and cannibalize it for parts. From a financial standpoint, it wasn't worth it, they said. I could buy a more valuable tuning fork watch for the same money. But my mother and father are gone now, and when you're talking about something that was a gift from one person you loved to another, different rules apply. So I asked them to fix it anyway, which they did, and it works perfectly. My third item is an awesome Omega Speedmaster reduced, which I bought from the store. It's quite beautiful. In mint condition. It was running a little fast, but they readjusted it, got it to within about 10 seconds a day (adjusting these watches is a little tricky because they can run a little faster or slower depending on your activity level). Next time I was in town, I asked them to adjust it again, which they graciously did at no charge. Now it's losing about two seconds a day, which is well within specs, which would be within 5-6 seconds a day. I've whiled away many an hour in the store and found the folks to be friendly, endlessly patient and endlessly knowledgable. They seem to really love what they are doing. And the next time I buy a vintage watch, I'll get it from them. I might get something at a lower price on eBay, but I trust Father Time.
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I went to a military history expo in Louisville, KY one weekend and was intent on buying a WWII German watch. When I finally found a broken Helvetia pocket watch conversion I liked I called the shop and the owner, Jim, gave me his personal cell phone number and told me to text him some pics. He gave me his opinion and warned me it could cost a few bucks to restore but that I wouldn't get hurt or be sorry. I am most pleased with the restoration they did. He was right, it was a little costly BUT he stayed within his estimate and YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! The watch is in great shape now and I have a graph to prove it's ticking along like it should instead of the one they gave me when they tested it on the machine when I first brought the watch in. Before the restoration the dots looked like ants at a picnic, they were EVERYWHERE and the watch was not keeping time. Now it is running as good as the day it was made 80 years ago. These guys are running a reputable and trustworthy business and I thank them for their service. I am proud that I brought a piece of history back to life and that alone was worth the price of the restore, the fact that it looks awesome on my wrist is an added bonus and now I have an heirloom I can pass down within my family for generations. If you have something you really care about fixing these are your guys! Money is like time - it's always there and it's always slipping away but the memories it can create make it all worthwhile. A memorable experience and I will be back! Thanks for everything!
Father Time owner's extensive knowledge of antique and contemporary time pieces is outright impressive, down to every detail of a historic mechanism. His two repairmen are meticulous - lots of experience and surgical precision. But what I find to be an extra guarantee of the workmanship is the pride they take in their work.The only way they will repair a piece is the right way - no shortcuts, "discount" craftsmanship, material substitutes, or cutting corners. I know - I had several items fixed at Father Time. When I read the pricing complaints, all I can think of is "why have a Rembrandt when you can have a poster thereof." Father Time's is a highly specialized craft and you pay for expertize and quality.Of course you can always have things done cheaper - the quality level is how you get your discount.