For Vintage Heuer and Omega
Grand Central Watch, Grand Central Terminal;212-685-1689; centralwatch.com
Housed between tracks 38 and 39 in Grand Central Terminal, Grand Central Watch has been servicing timepieces since 1952. Ben Clymer, founder of watch-news site Hodinkee, first visited 15 years ago, when he brought in a 1950s Heuer Camaro bought at auction, even though it was in “really rough shape and hadn’t run in probably over 30 years,” says Clymer. “It’s the equivalent to servicing a 1950s automobile.” Grand Central owner Steve Kivel, the grandson of the shop’s founder, prescribed a full overhaul — oiling and lubricating, cleaning the dial, and replacing the watch’s mainspring and strap — and had it ready in four months. Clymer, who recalls paying around $350 for the upkeep, adds, “Out of all the facilities in the country, this is the place you want to take a handed-down watch.” That’s exactly what photographer Dennis Tejero did when he brought in a 1970s Omega Genève passed down from his grandfather in the Philippines. Grand Central did a complete restoration, cleaning out the rust and replacing the balance and dial for $500 — a third of the $1,500 quote Tejero received from Omega.
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