Vintage Breitling Service:
A Vintage Breitling is any out of production mechanical timepiece, with either a manual wind or automatic movement, mostly produced prior to 1976. Identification can be made via the reference number from the case back, which is normally 3 or 4 digits. The serial number, that provides production date, is usually 6 or 7 digits. NOTE: Serial numbers are often inside the case back – we do not recommend opening the case back. We provide production date with our estimate. Vintage also includes Breitling stop watches, aircraft clocks, and Montbrillant limited edition series that were sold with the old movements. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about the reference number.
For a guide to help identify your Vintage Breitling, please check this gallery.
Vintage Complete Service typically includes:
- Complete disassembly of the movement, cleaning, oiling and adjustments
- Refinish as needed for rust, damage, and wear
- New mainspring
- New Crown, Pushers
- New Crystal
- Replace worn parts, repair work
- Upgrade and modification of parts to newer executions
- Surface treatment of appropriate mechanical watch parts
- Replacement of all gaskets
- Refinishing of case and bracelet is optional
- Control all parameters of the function of the movement
Additional Services also performed if needed:
- Parts fabrication, micro-machining
- Movement refinishing – i.e. flat polishing, beveling, satinizing, perlage, and plating
- Plating of case and/or case parts (crown, pushers). This is performed in house.
- Replacement of luminous on dial and hands. Refinishing and re-bluing of steel hands.
- Dial refinishing is sent out to the appropriate facility.
A standard estimate administration and shipping fee is $45 if our estimate is declined. This cost is included in the estimate if approved.
Estimates are provided on an individualized basis following thorough examination of the watch. Estimates include detailed findings on examination and all recommended labor and parts, including any optional items, to restore the watch both mechanically and aesthetically. This makes it impossible to quote any kind of pricing over the phone prior to examination. Due to the detail involved, we send estimates by mail, fax or e-mail. The recommended service is a two-part form, which we ask you to sign and return one copy.
Our goal is to have every timepiece leave our shop as close to original factory specifications as possible. To achieve this goal, we apply the following policies:
- We do not sell spare parts outright. Our inventory of spare parts is reserved for the watches that come in to us for service and we do not wish to deplete our inventory. All parts are by exchange only.
- We do not offer any kind of “partial” or “short” service on any watch unless we were the last to completely service that watch.
- All estimates state that vintage watches should not be considered water-resistant and that some parts are no longer available. Many are not dust or shock-resistant.
- We do not service counterfeit watches.
- Due to the special nature of this type of work, we prefer to work directly with the watch owner. We are not a trade shop and do not have separate pricing for third parties (Jewelers).
- Estimates normally have a range to allow for findings that cannot be seen until complete disassembly of the movement. The vast majority of the services fall within the range, although it is not uncommon for some final invoices to be less. In the extreme situation, we will allow for a 10% overage of the estimate for additional findings or we will contact you.
- Turn-around time is completely dependent on the number of watches in our line-up and the ease or difficulty of those jobs. Currently turn-around time is approximately 7-8 months from date of estimate approval. Extensive restoration can take longer.
- At completion, we provide Breitling Carrying Case and written instructions for each watch.
- We are not certified appraisers and do not provide that service. Watch value is a separate entity from our services and we do not wish to equate that in any way to the labor and parts required to service vintage complicated timepieces. If necessary for insurance purposes, we can provide a letter indicating the comparable replacement cost of the watch with a modern Breitling in their current catalog as well as the approximate price range we might see at trade shows for that restored vintage watch. This is provided on request at no charge.