watch restoration[i] gives a new look and increased life to your watch if done with care. It is a difficult task especially for vintage watches. This is mainly because their replacement parts are usually no longer available from the manufacturer; these watches are often problematic to repair and restore properly. Preserving the original character of the watch is important after restoration. Many of the watches are considered collectible and some may be of special importance to the owner.
Restoring a watch requires precision watchmaker's tools, a degree of competence in handling, and a thorough understanding of how a watch operates and is disassembled and reassembled. In the process of restoration the watch is first dissembled in separate pieces like case back, case movement, bezel, crystal, etc. Then the metal and diamonds are polished by dabbing a small cloth in brasso to remove scratches. The dial is separated from the movement and all minutest parts are removed like gear, mainspring and the hands of the watch. Then with a toothbrush the parts are cleaned. With proper care parts are placed on lint less, absorbent paper for drying and the jewel holes are lubricated with watch oil. If you are doing this task yourself then send the dial and hours, minutes and seconds hands to an experienced watchmaker for repainting or refurbishing. Do not attempt this task yourself. Finally all parts are installed in reverse order of their removal once the dial and hands are returned and all parts are cleaned and dried.