Caring For Your Pocket Watch

Do you have a pocket watch stored away that needs attention?

Years ago I became very interested in pocket watches and their history. For many years pocket watches manufactured in the United States were the finest watches in the world. Many of the manufacturing techniques and historical stories that accompany these watches make them a true piece of history. Because of this I feel that pocket watches should be cared for and preserved. Here are some watches that have been restored by us.

When I started collecting pocket watches I needed someone to help me maintain them. I was lucky enough to find a third generation watchmaker here in the Kansas City area. This gentlemen is the highest caliber artisan and has the expertise necessary to work on the intricate mechanisms of heirloom pocket watches. Because of my association with this gentleman we offer watch repair at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler. 

When you own a pocket watch it is critical to have regular maintenance to keep the fragile components in working order. Once a client of mine unfortunately over-wound an antique pocket watch and stripped spokes on one of the gears. Because these kinds of time pieces are not manufactured anymore, repairs such as this require hand fabrication whenever a part must be replaced. Some antique watches may be best reserved for those few special occasions ever year and not worn on a daily basis. Other less fragile pocket watches when maintained regularly can certainly be worn daily and continue to provide beauty and function for years to come.

Broken pocket watch gear   

Broken pocket watch gear


If you are interested in having a pocket watch restored or maintained you can rely on the expertise at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler.

Restoring Antique Watch Treasures

We have the pleasure of working with a Master Watchmaker in the Kansas City area. This association allows us to be able to restore antique time pieces to good running order. 

Many antique and heirloom watches have parts that have deteriorated or broken over time. Unfortunately there is no part depot to quickly order parts for these watches. The gentleman who does our watchmaking is a third generation watchmaker who is a true genius. He has the ability to make new parts for vintage watches. Bringing these treasures back to life takes great expertise. 

Recently a client brought in a beautiful 200 year old pocket watch that is a family heirloom to be restored. The watch was cleaned, oiled and adjusted. After a duration of daily use, one of the original brittle metal gears unfortunately shattered. We were able to hand make a replacement gear to keep this heirloom operating. Here is a picture of the broken gear.

Disassembled Cornell pocket watch. Broken gear circled in red.

Disassembled Cornell pocket watch. Broken gear circled in red.

If you have a vintage or heirloom time piece, we would love to see your antiquity and if it needs some care Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler can help you with the process.  

Converting a Bracelet Watch to a New Treasure

A wonderful client had a 14k yellow gold bangle bracelet with an embedded watch that she wasn't wearing any longer. The bracelet was gorgeous and she had the idea to convert into a bracelet that could be worn more often. 

She and her husband love jewelry built around unique coins which is becoming one of our specialties. This project took on a new challenge in that the watch had to be removed and parts had to be remade to accommodate a coin.

We started a search for a coin that would fit into a 13mm diameter hole and complement the style of the bracelet. We looked at an antique solid gold U.S. one dollar coin and many ancient Greek and Roman coins. My client decided on a beautiful Greek coin struck between 400 to 350 B.C. with the Gemini twin faces of Castor and Pollux. Marsha made a silver plate to mount this beautiful ancient coin into the bracelet and enhance the bezel so the coin would take very little wear. The end result was breath taking.

We love interesting projects that are far from the norm. Using our creativity, years of knowledge and state of the art equipment we can accomplish any task. Come see us at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler in Overland Park Kansas.



Heirloom Pocket Watches

The sentimental value of heirloom time pieces and the value of keeping the past alive can't be overstated. 

One of my passions is the restoration of antique pocket watches. I have had the opportunity to work a variety of time pieces through the years. Pocket watches are a piece of history and if possible should be restored to working condition. 

Because there are fewer and fewer pocket watches maintained in working order it can be difficult to locate replacement parts and movements. So if you have an heirloom piece regular maintenance is critical. We can help you bring your watch back to good running order.

Here are just a few of the pocket watches we have had the pleasure of helping to maintain.

I am good friends with a third generation watchmaker that we are lucky to have in the Kansas City area. He is a true genius and has the intricate expertise to work on the most complicated and fine timepieces. Because of my association with this gentleman we offer watch repair at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler. We are able to assist you in the repair of manually wound watches, chronographs, antique wrist watches, and pocket watches.

Don't let that family heirloom sit rusting in a drawer. Get it cleaned, oiled, and adjusted to good running order to keep a piece of history intact. Stop in to Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler to discuss your family treasure.

Watches - Restoring to Working Order

We enjoy getting your watches back to good running order.

Many of our clients have prized family heirloom watches that are not in good running order. It is my feeling that these old watches are a piece of history and if possible should be restored to working condition. Many times I am sorry to say that parts are not available or the movements have rusted to the point that restoration is not possible. Before this happens bring your watch to us to see if we can get it back to good running order.

We are lucky to be associated with a local Master third generation watchmaker who is a true genius. His expertise and knowledge never ceases to amaze me. Every time we meet I learn something new about watches.  In many cases we have remade hands for antique pocket watches, made watch parts that are no longer in production, and cleaned, oiled and adjusted timepieces so they can continue to work accurately. 

Recently we have been lucky enough to work on brands such as Ebel, Corum, Piaget, Rolex,  Jaegr-LeCoultre, and many fine antique pocket watch brands including Waltham, Elgin, Hamilton, Patek Philippe, and Hampden.  


If you have a watch that needs a battery or repair please contact Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler. We will guide you through the process of getting your watch back to good running order.