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Watch Tools & Parts

Part of the brilliance of the rich history of pocket watches and timepieces stems from the delicacy of the mechanisms incorporated into their designs. The one disadvantage of this delicacy is that even the most masterful design will, after significant years of ticking, need to be serviced.

As old watch works are slowly declining or have ceased production, sometimes finding the parts or tools needed to revive your timepiece prove more elusive than you would hope. While you hunt for that new mainspring or watch face, take heart that numerous watch parts and tools are still accessible for the antique and vintage watch enthusiast, allowing your icon of history to keep ticking well into the future.


Quick Facts

  • The mainspring, an essential mechanism that paved the way for the portable clock, was not developed until 1410
  • Mechanical watches dominated the market for close to 500 years, from their creation at the end of the 15th century to the 1970s, with the advent of the electronic watch
  • Before Marie Antoinette's death, a member of the Queen's Guard ordered her a spectacular Breguet watch that employed every finessed movement and possible complication. After being stolen in the 1980s, the watch reappeared two and half decades later at the Baselworld exhibition

Recommended Items at Auction

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Alaskan Gold Nugget Diamond Ruby Watch Tips
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Alaskan Gold Nugget Diamond Ruby Watch Tips
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $500- $750
$1105 Bids
Collection of Assorted Watch Maker and Repair Tools
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Collection of Assorted Watch Maker and Repair Tools
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$452 Bids
A watchmakers / collectors small cabinet with six drawers containing variou
Feb 26, 9:00 AM GMT
A watchmakers / collectors small cabinet with six drawers containing variou
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £80- £120
£800 Bids
LOTTO DI 7 CINTURINI LONGINES, VETTA, PRINGEPS, SEIKO
Feb 26, 3:00 PM CET
LOTTO DI 7 CINTURINI LONGINES, VETTA, PRINGEPS, SEIKO
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
LOTTO DI 4 CINTURINI BAUME & MERCIER
Feb 26, 3:00 PM CET
LOTTO DI 4 CINTURINI BAUME & MERCIER
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
LOTTO DI 53 CINTURINI VARI IN PELLE VARIE MISURE
Feb 26, 3:00 PM CET
LOTTO DI 53 CINTURINI VARI IN PELLE VARIE MISURE
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
OLIMPIC, LOTTO DI 11 OROLOGI DA POLSO PLACCATI, CIRCA 1980
Feb 26, 3:00 PM CET
OLIMPIC, LOTTO DI 11 OROLOGI DA POLSO PLACCATI, CIRCA 1980
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
OMEGA CINTURINO IN PELLE AZZURRA CON CHIUSURA DEPLOYANTE, NOS
Feb 26, 3:00 PM CET
OMEGA CINTURINO IN PELLE AZZURRA CON CHIUSURA DEPLOYANTE, NOS
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
VINTAGE GRUEN PRECISION WATCH MOVEMENT
Mar 08, 10:30 AM EST
VINTAGE GRUEN PRECISION WATCH MOVEMENT
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $80- $340
$140 Bids
Stainless Steel Watch Strap. 15.5cm x 1.8cm
Feb 28, 10:00 AM GMT
Stainless Steel Watch Strap. 15.5cm x 1.8cm
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £75
£200 Bids
uurwerk en wijzerplaat, gemerkt Jan Jakel, 17e eeu…
Feb 28, 7:00 PM CET
uurwerk en wijzerplaat, gemerkt Jan Jakel, 17e eeu…
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €300- €400
€1500 Bids
OMEGA, CINTURINO IMBOTTITO GRIGIO, FIRMATO, NOS
Feb 26, 3:00 PM CET
OMEGA, CINTURINO IMBOTTITO GRIGIO, FIRMATO, NOS
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
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A Clockmakers Lathe
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A Clockmakers Lathe
by Veilinghuis de Jager
Est: €600- €1,200
€4000 Bids
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International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, silver-plated dial
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, silver-plated dial
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
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IWC Watch Co., Schaffhausen, silver-plated dial
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
IWC Watch Co., Schaffhausen, silver-plated dial
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
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IWC Watch Co., Schaffhausen, white dial with gold-plated hour markers,
Mar 09, 1:00 PM CET
IWC Watch Co., Schaffhausen, white dial with gold-plated hour markers,
by Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
Large Group of Wrist Watch Parts, Movements
Feb 24, 9:00 AM EST
Large Group of Wrist Watch Parts, Movements
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$250 Bids
A COLLECTION OF FIFTY ENGLISH GILT BRASS AND FIVE SILVER POCKET WATCH BACK COCKS
Feb 27, 10:30 AM GMT
A COLLECTION OF FIFTY ENGLISH GILT BRASS AND FIVE SILVER POCKET WATCH BACK COCKS
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £250- £350
£2200 Bids
ROLEX 2022 LIKE NEW COMPLETE
Mar 02, 10:00 AM PST
ROLEX 2022 LIKE NEW COMPLETE
by Hilda's Auction House
Est: $55,000- $59,000
$500 Bids
Een bruine leren Rolex horloge doos, ca. 1970
Mar 11, 7:00 PM CET
Een bruine leren Rolex horloge doos, ca. 1970
by Vendu Rotterdam
Est: €250- €500
€2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Watch Tools & Parts


Wannenes Art Auctions

Wannenes Art Auctions

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Cadmore Auctions

Cadmore Auctions