All timepieces serviced by Saving Time are completely disassembled to allow inspection for wear and damage, and to insure complete cleaning. After all faults have been identified and corrected, the watch or clock is thoroughly cleaned, then reassembled, lubricated, and initial adjustments are made. The timepiece is then tested in the shop, to verify correct function and timekeeping.
Saving Time Standard Service is the option most frequently chosen by my clients. Standard Service includes the following:
Initial inspection - Complete disassembly – Inspect for wear, damage or other faults – dress and burnish pivots – Bushings as required – Check freedom of trains - Dress and polish pallets – Adjust escapement – Straighten wheels or plates if needed – tighten clicks - Count train - Renew hammer leather in striking clocks – Polish acting surfaces of levers/ pins in strike trains - Clean all – Lubricate mainsprings - Reassemble – Lubricate pivots and other points of friction – Bench test and regulate
Initial inspection – Check and verify escapement action, adjust if needed - Complete disassembly – Inspect for wear, damage, or other faults – Check wheels for truth – Check balance for truth - Dress and burnish pivots – Check train for freedom - Check mainspring for set – Check for damaged hole jewels and endstones – Check for loose or damaged roller or pallet jewels – Clean all – Lubricate mainspring – Reassemble – Lubricate pivots and other points of friction – bench test and regulate
Additional work not included in the Standard Service description, such as replacement of mainsprings, replacement of jewels, repivoting, balance poising, restoration of damaged screws and other steelwork, manufacture of parts, crystal fitting, case work, etc. will be charged in addition to the Standard Service fee.
I use a variety of cleaning methods and fluids, depending on the work at hand. Cleaning may be done by hand, mechanical agitation, or ultrasonic cavitation. Fluids may be water or solvent based. The methods and cleaning solutions employed are tailored to the specific object, because some of the materials used in the construction of older timepieces may be vulnerable to damage by ultrasonics and/ or modern cleaning solutions.