Restoration is an entirely different
discipline from servicing, since it is about bringing historic and classic
timepieces back to life – often from a poor, damaged or derelict state. The restoration
process demands an intimate awareness of techniques used in traditional
horology, as well as extensive knowledge of the aesthetic and mechanical
designs used throughout the history of watch-making.
Our restorers are highly trained specialists in vintage and antiquarian horology – and their understanding of the original style and appearance of many different kinds of historic watches ensures that they can accurately bring these fabulous timepieces back to their former glory.
To keep their skills expertly honed, our watchmakers regularly attend international training courses with top international horological schools and watch houses. Specialising in vintage and complicated high-end, high-value watches, we blend traditional horological methods with state-of-the art digitised machinery and Computer-Aided Design (CAD), allowing us to re-manufacture bespoke components that most other repairers would consider impossible to reproduce.
Most watches we receive need, first and foremost, a good cleaning.
Once set you it, you don’t have to alter the date for 100 years!
Cleaning and restoring a ‘clock watch’ movement is a challenging task.
In this case study we are looking at split seconds mechanism and how it works.
"Dear Jubal, Yes, Brian texted me yesterday with photos of the clock which he is hugely delighted with – much improved from the original present I gave him! Just like new he said! Thank you for all your courtesy and wonderful work. It has been a pleasure to have such service. I sing your praises everywhere."
"Apologies for the slight delay, but I wanted to thank you for forwarding the Invoice. I also wanted to tell you that I’m pleased with the watch. I love the sympathetic polish, which was enough to rejuvenate it, but it still looks appropriate for a vintage watch. I didn’t notice the metallic blue sweep hand previously, but I like that too..! Thank you to all who had a part in the transformation Jubal".
"Super to see you and thank you for handing over my father’s Rolex. A great deal of wonderful work has gone into it. It looks utterly super and authentic. I am delighted and I know he will be thrilled when he gets it back on Christmas morning. Thank you for all your efforts and please pass on my appreciation to the workshop who have done a tip top job."
"I am so pleased with my watch. I have spoken to many people about the first-rate work of SHWR and will continue to promote you to my friends."
"All in all, the refurbishment has been beyond my own expectations, and allows long term continued use of this almost fifty year old watch gifted by my mother and father.May I personally thank you for your work to refurbish this watch which is very much appreciated."