This site is sponsored and maintained as a free service to assist watchmakers in locating obsolete repair parts. The site is open to anyone who wishes to use it, however it is intended for the professional repairer. With that thought in mind, please try to be complete and specific with parts requests.
In order to be useful this site needs to be widely publicized. If you find this service useful, please tell your watchmaking colleagues. Success depends on having a large number of participants Thanks.
To use this service, simply list your part request on the "Search Form" page; describing the part accurately. Be sure to include your e-mail address. Your request will be forwarded to the web site administrator to be posted to the " Contents" page. Please be patient; requests are not always posted immediately, but as time permits.
Those with stocks of obsolete parts are urged to view the list on a regular basis. Anyone who is able to furnish a part may contact the requester privately, e-mail addresses are posted, and make the necessary financial arrangements.
This is a free site. Its purpose is simply to offer a clearing house to put the requesters and potential suppliers together. The motive for creating this site is to foster a cooperative atmosphere among the watchmakers of the world, and to make life a bit simpler for those of us engaged in the repair of vintage watches. Even though this is a U.S. based web site, it is open to the world and is viewed in over 60 countries across the world.
Please limit your posts to requests for specific parts or tools related to watchmaking.
Generic posts, such as "I buy Howard parts.", which can never be completely fulfilled, are discouraged and will not be posted. This site is free and any attempts to commercialize it by posting offers to buy quantities of movements, unspecified parts, or other related items will not be posted.
Please be specific and as accurate as possible. Posts searching for parts which are listed by dial names rather than the actual ebauche (movement) manufacturer will not likely be fulfilled simply because they are virtually impossible to identify. Very often, in the case of Swiss watches, and even some American watches, the name on the dial does not necessarily indicate the movement manufacturer. Posts for movement parts must include a manufacturer and caliber number
There is no selling. Posts of items for sale will not be listed. The web is already well populated with sites for selling. Additionally this site should not be viewed as a competitor to the established watch material suppliers. The watch material suppliers are of paramount importance to our trade and every effort should be made to support them. This site is intended to provide a possible source for parts which are unavailable through the regular supply channels. Try your material supplier first; it will probably be faster and cheaper.
Thanks to everyone for your support!
Links to Other Horological Sites of Interest
Renaissance Watch Repair: Specializing in the repair, restoration and preservation of fine vintage timepieces.
Nevada Watch Repair: Modern, Antique, and Vintage watches professionally serviced in Carson City, Nevada. One year guarantee on all work. Accepting mail orders.
Cerullo Watch Repair: Repair, service and restoration of modern, vintage and antique watches. Professional Service, Affordable Prices.
Pocket Watch Site: Specializing in American pocket watch sales, repairs, and a ton of information!
Circadian Watch: Repair of Vintage Timepieces.
Materials and Tools Dealers
The William S. McCaw Co.: The Wm. S. McCaw Co. is a full service Material House since 1913. We have an extensive inventory of watch parts including all major brands, batteries, movements, tools related to the jewelry and horological industries and much more. Our excellent crystal fitting service is used by customers across the United States. We welcome orders via web, email, fax and phone. Phone 1-800-537-0343. Fax 1-800-245-6481.
Star Time Supply: Star Time Supply is one of the larger supply houses in the U.S.A and has an extensive website. They ship orders same day as late as 3pm CST and are based out of Houston, Texas. Star Time is popular with many of us watchmakers, because they often carry’s items that other material suppliers don't have. Star Time offers 3 percent discount on web orders, or you can place orders by fax or phone. Telephone 1-800-927-7664 or 713-270-9935. Fax 713-270-9936. English and Spanish are spoken.
Twin City Supply, Inc.: A 4th generation family owned business located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We can trace our roots back to the 1920's. Our phone lines are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Central time. We carry findings, solder, Energizer watch batteries; all sorts of watch material, new and old. Watch material and crystals for Seiko, Pulsar, Citizen, Bulova, and many hard to find or discontinued brands such as Rolex, Omega, Elgin, Hamilton, Gruen, Longines, Waltham, other Swiss brands, pocket watches, etc.. In fact, we are still going thru many boxes that were stored in three trailers in the back lot from the move 13 years ago! We stock extensive inventories from: A*F, Acon, Arbe, Bergeon, Bestfit, Casio, Citizen, Eurotool, Energizer, Grobet, Horotec, GemOro, Gilden, JSP, L & R, Newall, PePe, Seiko, Timex, WatchBand Headquarters, and Zenith. Many, many items are available that re not listed on the new web site; please email or call with your requests. Telephone 800-328-6009 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dashto Horological Services: This is an excellent source for used watch movements, vintage Swiss, Japanese and American watch parts, as well as used watchmaker's tools.
Ernst Westphal: A source in Germany for vintage Swiss parts. The web site is in German and English, but they are also able to communicate in French, and Spanish as well.
Jules Borel and Co.:Borel is a watch material dealer located in Kansas City, MO. The Borel web site is certainly one of the best for identifying vintage parts and for interchange information if one understands how the search function works.
Otto Frei: Frei is a watch material dealer in Oakland CA. Frei has a very well illustrated web site, which can provide learning opportunities for beginners.
CasKer Co.: CasKer is one of the largest watch material dealers in the U.S. with a large web site which features access to material often difficult to obtain because of manufacturers restrictive practices. Need a Patek Philip crown? CasKer has it for only $250--solid gold of course.
Vintage Watch Market:For vintage and obsolete new old stock tools and Swiss material chronograph, dials, hands, cases, movement parts, pivot caps, pendant bushes, and much more). If you do not find what you are looking for listed on their website, contact them. They have thousands of unlisted items, and requests are welcomed.
ObsoleteWatchandClockparts.com:A good selection of new old stock, hard to find, or obsolete watch parts.
Dave's Watch Parts and Tools Vintage/Antique watch repair tools, factory material, crystals, pocket watch case and chain parts.
A frequently updated page with resources such as: suppliers of parts (American pocket watches, Swiss pocket watches, wristwatch parts); suppliers of crystals; technical manuals; dial refinishers; etc.
British Horological Institute
National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors
News and Discussion Groups
Tick Talk — Let’s talk about things that tick. And the things that make me tick. It’s not always about watches, but I am a watchmaker so lots of it centers around watches and watchmaking.
A site about Clocks, Watches and Museums in the World.