At the Superlative Time workshop, we regularly undertake restoration projects of Breitling, Rolex and Omega watches that need some loving attention to restore them to their former glory.

The word Restoration could be defined as The act of restoring or state of being restored, as to a former or original condition. In theory this definition works fine, but from Superlative Time’s perspective, we try to sell watches as close to original as possible, which is what all reputable dealers want to do and all collectors want to buy.

The most important part of the watch is the dial and therein lies the value, therefore on rare and high value items it is best to leave well alone and do as little refurbishment as possible.

Whether we undertake work for a customer or our own stock, we have to take into consideration how far to go with the restoration so as not to devalue it yet still make it pleasant to wear.

Here is a before and after example of an early Breitling AOPA/Navitimer 806 as an example of the kind of restoration work we can do.

This watch was purchased on eBay from the USA with the intention of bringing it back to life so that someone else could enjoy wearing the watch for another 50 years.

The seller had inherited the watch from a relative who actually used the watch when navigating in B52’s during the 1950’s. He had decided to cash in rather than having it restored.

If you are interested in finding out more about this particular case study, we have written a complete article about it on our Blog. You can find the article on this link: The Art of Restoration: Breitling Navitimer

If you would like to discuss a project that you have in mind, please contact us today using the Contact form or call the workshop on 0208 932 0549