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Just found this forum and thread (late the party as usual).

 

Just had to say, my first job out of school was at Services, back in July 1969!!! God I feel old now. I was there until the early 70's when they had a culling. I think due to very bad sales.  It was alright place to work I guess. Some the managers were a bit odd!  But the training they promised at the interview never came to anything much. But I made some good friends, all of which I have now lost contact with.

I had call to go back to Leicester a couple of years back and found that Time House on Duke St (services HQ) is a now a set of trendy loft apartments!!!

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Hello everyone.  Interesting reading, as I started working for the "Services Watch Co" in Bede St Leicester as a trainee Watchmaker in August of 1955, it was my first job after leaving School, I was e

How the heck did I miss this?    Ok, The Services Watch Co., Ltd was founded in Leicester by a Frank Liquorish sometime in 1926/27, it was dissolved on 26/11/2002 although I gather from Steve

You`re welcome :thumbsup: BTW it is possible to get a rough date for Services watches by checking the logo... "Services" Used up until possibly the late 1930s, these also had the model

8 hours ago, steve1221 said:

Just found this forum and thread (late the party as usual).

Just 4 years after the last comment!

Most manufacturers suffered in the 1970s due to what is now referred to as the quartz crisis.   If you knew Stephen Burrage during your working life he is doing well.

 

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15 hours ago, scottswatches said:

Just 4 years after the last comment!

Most manufacturers suffered in the 1970s due to what is now referred to as the quartz crisis.   If you knew Stephen Burrage during your working life he is doing well.

 

 

Yeah, 4 years is a bit of a lag I grant you!  But I've typed Services into google a few times over the years and nothing ever popped up until now??

 

I'm sure I recall Stephen's name. I'm glad he's okay :)

 

I remember the first time I heard about this odd quartz thing. If I recall correctly the first model was something like £700 with another £100 if you wanted a countdown timer added. How you get them in Christmas crackers!  It's a strange old world.

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On 27/02/2014 at 22:06, mach 0.0013137 said:

Sounds about right though a photo might confirm it also does it mention if it`s "Waterproof" or "Water Resistant"?

As you seem interested in Services watches,I have a Services wrist  watch box, looks fifties,has "Services Sports Watches" Fully guaranteed " &"For Distinguished Service" on top, in good condition ,it is free if you would like it? (still working on adding pics!)

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Hi all just wanted to add I have a Services Watch with the later logo that has a Takano 19 Jewel movement. According to information on a Japanese watches forum Takano was only in business between 1967 and 1962 before being taken over by Ricoh.

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Hello everyone.  Interesting reading, as I started working for the "Services Watch Co" in Bede St Leicester as a trainee Watchmaker in August of 1955, it was my first job after leaving School, I was employed as a trainee watchmaker, I started off working in the winding and testing dept on the ground floor for a couple of months just winding up new watches, setting them to the correct time and then checking them the following day and putting aside any that were faulty, needless to say I soon got tired of doing this boring job so I was then sent upstairs to the "Aviation" department on the second floor and given a workbench and an instructor to begin real watch repairing, I spent about six months there learning the basic cleaning and repairing Techniques, I was then sent back downstairs to another department where I was given a bench some tools and boxes of brand new but faulty watches to fix. Soon after moving downstairs I got a roasting from the big boss himself for a very minor incident, I think his name was "Charles Schwartz" and I think he was a German and had a real Nazi attitude and he gave me a roasting in front of all the other people in the department, and being just 15 it really upset me, so I left and went to work in a retail jewelers workshop where I leaned much more as I was now working on many different brands of watches. I eventually went on to own my own retail and repair shops, and in 1973 I married and emigrated to New Zealand where I continued as a watchmaker until I retired in 2005. I still have a small home workshop and now only do watch restoration work for my own small collection of 1920s to 1940s  Art-Deco style watch collection.

Dennis Akers.    

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Hi Everybody,

Recently i bought an "Services" Golf watch with a Thiel Brothers Lola (22,3mm diameter) mechanism, but unfortunatelly it is not working. Please can somebody help me where can i find such an old mechanism (1927 - 1938) or at least spare parts. Thank you in advance!

Kind regards,

Angelo

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Hi George,

I assume that yours has some parts missing? However, if it is complete, it's entirely possible that it can be made to work again by a competent (and proper) watch repairer.

You may need to trawl online auction sites for as long as it takes. I had the same problem with sourcing a 1920s Thiel Divina which took me about two years of on and off searching until 3 of them turned up about 6 months ago. Along the way, I had seen some Thiel Lola movements for sale but they were not what I was looking for. You may get lucky quickly.

Also, have a look at our Repairs forum and perhaps contact Simon2 for advice. 

Regards.

 

 

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Hi all,

I have to say this makes for some interesting reading.

I have an old services watch my uncle gave to me as a kid and I would like to know a little more about its age and value.  I want to get it repaired/restored to its original condition if that's possible, but I do not know where or who to send it to for a faithful and true repair.  For some reason I cannot upload a photo of it.  It has an S in a shield with SERVICES underneath and 17 JEWELS underneath that.  It states antimagnetic and water resistant on the face and is Swiss Made.  It has a day and date calendar but the day does not work well as it gets stuck.

https://ibb.co/ng22F4m

The idea is that I create an heirloom for one of my children with a note on its history, thought it would be nice as the history would be added to generation after generation :0)

Any help on the above would be greatly appreciated.  I don't think it is worth a lot in money terms but has a lot of sentimental value and would love to have some answers on the above.

Kind Regards

Steve

 

 

 

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