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Vintage Heuer Discussion Forum
The place for discussing 1930-1985 Heuer wristwatches, chronographs and dash-mounted timepieces. Online since May 2003.
Living in Europe, I am unfortunately not familiar with specialised watchmakers in the US. I would have immediately pointed you to Craig Beergsma (http://www.chronodeco.com), who has a great reputation – only to discover on his website that he has retired from watch repair and restoration due to health reasons. What a pity.
I hope that some US Heuer friends can give you a recommendation.
: I need a referral for restoration of a Heuer Carrera Dato 45 3147S
: (first generation) that I purchased new in 1967 in Switzerland.
: It has sat in a drawer, untouched, for the past 30 years. The
: crystal is scratched, the bezel is missing, and there is
: corrosion on the case between the lugs, caused by a rusty pin on
: the strap. There are also some deep scratches on the case --
: especially the lugs.
: I want the watch restored so I can wear it, but am worried about
: over-restoring it, and diminishing the value of the piece. I
: need a restorer who can advise me on how much to restore, and
: how much to leave original. I contacted several watch restorers
: in the U.K., but none were comfortable with shipping/insurance
: issues in transit. If there is a reliable, well-respected
: restorer in the U.S., who specializes in vintage Heuer
: restorations, I would like to contact them.
: Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! When I was a young
: man, I loved this watch to death, functionally, and it deserves
: a second life on my wrist . . .