RESTORATION

Bringing classic timepieces back to life

DEDICATION TO AUTHENTICITY

Steven Hale watchmakers can revive and restore even the most demanding and difficult watches to ensure many years of invaluable use
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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.

restoration case studies

Here you’ll find some fascinating stories of some of the many restorations we undertake, bringing historic, vintage and valuable timepieces back to life and full working order.

ALL WATCHES REQUIRE A BALANCE STAFF

Most watches we receive need, first and foremost, a good cleaning.

HIGH QUALITY PERPETUAL CALENDAR MECHANISM

Once set you it, you don’t have to alter the date for 100 years!

REPAIRING A CLOCK WATCH MOVEMENT

Cleaning and restoring a ‘clock watch’ movement is a challenging task.

SPLIT SECONDS MECHANISM

In this case study we are looking at split seconds mechanism and how it works.

What our customers had to say

"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."

Birte

What our customers had to say

"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".

Marion

What our customers had to say

"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."

Jeremy

What our customers had to say

"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."

Jane Martin

What our customers had to say

"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."

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