Conserve Horology Restoration Services

Cases

 

Conservation, Restoration and Repair in the following European trained disciplines.

          - French polishing with the tampon

          - 17th-19th century film-finish amalgamation

          - Surface consolidation

          - Traditional water gilding with patinization

          - Expert gesso recutting

          - Chinoiserie surface rebuilding

          - Bespoke marquetry panels and repair

          - Boulle marquetry re-adhering

          - Veneer repairs, adhesive failure, missing components

          - Case regluing and joint rebuilding

          - Replacement of missing carvings and turnings

          - Casting of bronze mounts and brass hardware

 

Clock Mechanisms

 

Our specialty is British long case and bracket fusee mechanisms; including count wheel, rack and snail, 30 hour, 8-Day, 3 train and musical movements. Replacement parts are sympathetically hand-made at the bench and illegitimate repairs righted. Repairs include pivots, bushes, pinions, wheels, hands etc. Cleaning is done by hand with the delicacy of work-hardened brass surfaces in mind. Services of other movement types include: American and French time and strike through the late 19th century. Specialties include jewelling, platform and balance wheel escapement, and expert hairspring repair.

Clock repair is guaranteed for 2 years (this does not include any mechanical/physical failure due to metal fatigue, visible abuse of the time piece or any self repair or moving of a tall case or broken dial fusees from original set-up position).

 

Mechanical Watches

 

We service, lubricate and provide parts for period 18th-20th century pocket watches and late 19th-20th century wrist watches. Our specialties are:

          * Parts replacement and fabrication

          * Balance wheel repair-staffing, truing and poising

          * Hair spring vibration and installation

          * Pallet jewel replacement

Repair warranty is guaranteed for 1 year on watches, but does not include any mechanical/physical failure due to metal fatigue, visible abuse or any self repair.

 

Periodic Maintenance

 

The specialized oils and lubricants used to keep your fine clocks and watches running break down over time, causing excessive wear on adjacent surfaces. Invariably, these surfaces will be contaminated with fine dust particles, resulting in more friction and unwanted wear. Besides wear, the combination of dust, metal particles and gummy oils will slow, make erratic and sometimes stop your timepieces from running. Therefore, it is necessary to periodically service these pieces every 5-7 years.

All clocks and watches are fully photographed, documented, disassembled, cleaned with special sympathetic solutions using ultrasonic agitation and  hand cleaning to properly remove the old oils and contaminants. Next, each is sympathetically repaired and ending in all bearing surfaces being polished before reassembly.

After inspection, only the finest specialized oils and lubricants are placed precisely in the locations and the proper amounts used to ensure smooth operation. Using the trained ear and aided by specially designed electronic testing equipment, final adjustments are made to assure accurate timekeeping. Once accurate timekeeping is achieved, it is preferred to run each timepiece for 4-6 weeks after reassembly.

 

Additional Horoligical Services Offered

 

+ Dials

 

          Brass - Cleaning, resilvering, hand engraving, wax filling, spandrel casting, gilding and clear coating

 

          Painted - Cleaning, conservation, restoration, repair and repainting. Moon and calendar wheels.

 

          Enamel - Repair and replacement of missing parts, our artists have 50 years of expertise restoring anything from jewelry to Faberge eggs

 

+ Music Box Mechanisms

 

          Complete cleaning, parts, replacement springs, barrel repining, dovetailed finger replacement and tuning

 

+ Replacement Glass

 

          Old and restoration glass, custom cutting and glazing

 

+ Brass

 

          Cleaning, polishing, grain surfacing, patinization, hand-engraving, gold, silver and rodium electroplating

 

+ Hands

 

          Replacement hands available, custom cutting, filing and bluing

 

+ Hand Engraving

 

          Traditional hand engraving of loss, new dials, chapter rings, plates and parts

 

+ Micro-welding

 

          Suited for conservation of pallets, pinions, pivots and teeth

 

+ Long Case Clock

 

          Set up and regulation, Crafting and shipping

         

          Appraisals, authentications collection building and auction representation