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Adelaide city watch repair workshop.

Our Adelaide city workshop has undergone many improvements and upgrades recently. We have upgraded our water pressure test machine to the latest Elma system and an advanced Elma automatic cleaning machine for thorough but gentle cleaning of vintage watches. Our Sirotech laser machine is capable of welding vintage and antique parts few workshops in the world are capable of. We are also as previously announced manufacturing our first 7 custom watches for our clients. We are still offering our usual expert restoration service on Rolex, Omega and other quality vintage watches. If you have been told your watch is not repairable, try us. info@rmcmahon.com.au  Latest listings of our watches on offer at www.rmcmahon.com.au

Heuer and early Valjoux, Venus, chrono for investment.

Photo taher of Heuer chronograph before restoration at Adelaide Vintage Watches.
Not all watches are created equal, or are they? This is a thing that after 25 years in the trade I dont understand. This Heuer late 40's triple calendar chronograph I restored was valued at market rate at around 7K Aus. Valjoux 72 C base cal. solid gold case, mint condition. Nice watch. The equivalent  watch you can buy from a shop today with no day or month display, but auto winding new would be the Tag Heuer Carrera lets say, maybe 20K Aus. Not apples with apples?.  I agree.
OK. The equivelent in Rolex, I have restored and sold while in the UK, for well in excess of 200K (one for 2.2 million in Aus dollars) and the Patek, still the Valjoux 72 C base, just a pretty cover on the column wheel and bespoke escapement, upwards of 2 Million. Most people missed the boat on the val 72 C and Valjoux 88 (Chrono, day, date, month and moonphase). But this Heuer, why is it only 7K? I think when people like Lewis Hamilton start taking an interest in watches, not fashion, these will run at 10's of thousands. I didn't mention the Valjoux 730, but another time.....

Omega 321 Speedmaster watch repair.

Below are some photos of a chronograph spring we made that is no longer available for Cal 321 Speedmaster pre-moon watch. We as you will see make a new spring from scratch from high grade steel as used by Omega. The watch now looks and operates great. We custom make such parts regularly, yes it costs hundreds, but on these classic watches the alternative is you have a pretty paper weight.
Broken Omega chronograph spring next to new one taking shape.
 
 
Return to zero hammer above, custom part taking shape next to broken spring.
 
 
 
 
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