Apr 11 2011

Restored and Working… “My Retirement Watch”

Looks great, full of character and beautiful compared to “before”

I took my father’s old gold watch in to Bell Jewellers (since 1937) last week to see if it was worth repairing. The woman behind the counter very quietly asked if it had sentimental value, I’m sure she knew it did and that’s a common reason for bringing something like that in. And of course it does, and of course it’s worth getting fixed… she had me with that one simple question. Here’s a photo of it now, compared to a photo of before…

The watch is a Tissot Visodate

It didn’t take them long to repair it, cleaning the inner workings, the outer case and the actual face before putting a new crystal on it. I then bought a new strap (a Hirsch black leather strap with gold-coloured buckle) and proudly put it on. I will call it “my” watch now, and treat it like something handed down from father to son. Hope he’s happy with that…

“My” watch was crafted based on the Tissot Visodate design which first came out in the ’50s. This one is a Seastar Seven, which was produced in the ’60s. I believe it’s 9ct gold. And I have no reason to get it appraised, I learned the value of sentiment with this watch…

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