How to handle old watches
The charm of antique clocks
Precautions for antique clocks
This machine was made several decades to over 100 years ago, so it is extremely delicate.
Compared to modern watches, they are inevitably inferior in terms of functionality such as waterproofness, vibration resistance, magnetic resistance, and accuracy.
Over the years, there are some watches that develop some kind of symptoms such as "poor initial movement," "large difference in posture," or "stiff crown," but we treat these as quirks of the watch rather than defects. I would like you to treat me with an open mind.
The antique clocks we sell at our store will work properly if the mainspring is wound, except for those marked as junk or in need of repair.
However, since there are many cases where the product has some kind of "quirk," we will write down the distinctive features in the product description.
Accuracy and power reserve (operating time from full mainspring) vary depending on the watch, so the values obtained at the time of inspection are listed in the product description.
However, the accuracy of antique watches depends on how well the mainspring is wound, the temperature/humidity, the posture of the watch (how it is placed), and the presence or absence of objects that emit magnetism or electromagnetic waves (PCs, smartphones, earphones, speakers, etc.). The accuracy may not always be achieved.
Watches purchased from our store are guaranteed to work for one month from the date of delivery.
If a watch sold as a working item stops working as described in the product description within the warranty period, we will repair it free of charge.
Please check here for details.
Guaranteed watch operation
If mechanical watches are not overhauled, which involves disassembling, cleaning, and lubricating them, about once every three years, they will gradually deteriorate and become more prone to breakage.
Our watches are not overhauled at the time of purchase unless otherwise specified .
We choose this sales method because there are some customers who do the overhaul themselves, or who are not particular about accuracy and purchase the items for ornamental purposes .
If you wish, we can overhaul the watch before delivering it to you. In that case, the cost of overhaul will be estimated separately.
The average cost is around 20,000 to 30,000 yen, depending on the structure, manufacturer, and storage conditions of the watch.
Basics of handling
Our blog explains how to care for antique pocket watches.
[Blog article] Types of pocket watches and names of parts
[Blog article] How to wind the mainspring of a pocket watch
[Blog article] Setting the time on a pocket watch
Additionally, when wearing a pocket watch, it is common to attach a chain called an Albert chain to prevent it from falling out of your pocket.
The Albert Chain is explained here.
[Blog article] Albert Chain
Tips to make it last longer
Be careful not to open the top cover and touch the needle, etc.
Please do not bring it close to things that emit magnetic fields or electromagnetic waves, such as smartphones, computers, earphones, speakers, etc.
Please be careful not to drop it (it is sensitive to impact)
When going out, we recommend using an Albert chain or string to prevent it from falling out of your pocket.
Avoid using on rainy days or storing in humid places.
When winding the mainspring, please wind it until it stops winding (full mainspring).
If you cannot find a place to request an overhaul, please contact us.
Maintenance after purchase
Even if a mechanical watch is not an antique, it is recommended that it be overhauled once every three years when used as a practical item.
In the case of antique watches, in many cases the manufacturer does not accept repairs or the manufacturer itself no longer exists, so it is difficult to request repairs or overhauls from the manufacturer .
The number of watchmakers who can repair and overhaul antique clocks is getting older and fewer and fewer.
If the watch you purchased from our store is broken or is not working properly and you would like to have it overhauled, please contact our store.
If you send your watch to our store, we will help you by passing it on to a watchmaker who may be able to repair it and get a quote for the repair.
We can also introduce you to a watch shop near your residence that can repair antique clocks (*depending on your area).
About the initial response
In that case, try shaking the watch slightly or setting the time and moving it 12 hours (one revolution).
Please understand the above and enjoy the world of antique watches.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask us via the inquiry form , chat, or phone.