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  1. GarethS

    GarethS Feb 14, 2019

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    Greetings Forum,

    Up until a few years ago I took my watches to Frank Patten in Hove down here on the UK south coast. He was happy to fix and service many of my watches or pass along to a colleague work he did not feel qualified to carry out.

    Now that he has retired I'm looking for someone who can service my humble collection.

    Items that may need attention over the next few years will likely include a 551 Connie, 1012 Geneve and an 1861 Speedy

    So I'd be keen to hear from any members with recommendations for UK independent watchmakers

    Many thanks in advance
    Gareth
     
  2. redzer007

    redzer007 Feb 14, 2019

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  3. KingCrouchy

    KingCrouchy Feb 14, 2019

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  4. Risto

    Risto Feb 14, 2019

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    I can also vote for Christian at Watchguy.uk. He's great with communication and he does not hassle. He just serviced my Omega cal 320 chronograph 101.009.
     
  5. Adb_85

    Adb_85 Feb 14, 2019

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  6. Stufflers Mom

    Stufflers Mom Feb 14, 2019

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    I can say that I've had excellent service from Brendan @ webwatchmaker.com
     
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    aprax Feb 14, 2019

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  8. SouthernScot

    SouthernScot Feb 14, 2019

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    I’m sure these will come up time and again, but STS as already mentioned and Simon Freese Watchmakers , both excellent as many members here will agree. Simon looked after two of my watches when he was still at STS and the service I received was very good.
    Simon is now based near Chelmsford.
     
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  9. BlueBoy

    BlueBoy Feb 14, 2019

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    Ditto for Simon Freese or STS, am sure you can find plenty of people cheaper, but if you want the best...
     
  10. redzer007

    redzer007 Feb 14, 2019

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    For some movement goodies go and look through Christian gallery images of previous services
     
  11. jaguar11

    jaguar11 Feb 14, 2019

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    I have had mine serviced at STS who have always done a good job.
     
  12. GarethS

    GarethS Feb 14, 2019

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    Many thanks to all for your recommendations

    That is my next couple of nights sorted...

    Gareth
     
  13. OmegaSwordHands

    OmegaSwordHands Feb 14, 2019

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    Just out of curiousity, why not omega themselves for a service?
     
  14. nlogax

    nlogax Feb 14, 2019

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    I'm very happy with @stefan's work over the years!
     
  15. redzer007

    redzer007 Feb 14, 2019

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    Because they will replace all the lovely original parts with nasty new shiny service parts. And we all hate that

    On a serious note, an Omega service on a vintage piece would destroy everything that makes it collectible (for the reasons stated above)
     
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  16. GarethS

    GarethS Feb 15, 2019

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    I've not had a good experience with them in the past. I had a Seamaster Polaris multifunction with a cracked LCD screen. I sent it off for a quote and they said it could be fixed with a service. This they carried out whilst in their care they also took it upon themselves to polish the whole thing and ruined the piece. It's not that they only removed the gentle wear the watch had picked up but the buffing put some flat spots on a couple of the gold cap bracelet links. Perhaps I'm partly to blame for not specifying do not polish - but I only asked them to fix the LCD...

    The next time it needed a battery I took it to my local watchmaker who on opening the back found a broken screw head rattling around inside and the screw thread still inserted. Fortunately it was easy to fix and had not done any damage. Can't really say with any certainty that this was down to Omega but it's a pretty high likelihood that it was either a poor quality screw or due to overtightening.