A few months ago, we made the decision to try and become the only place available that we know of (in the world!) to sell individual Verge escapement parts online, measured.
We are happy to have been able to help a few people find a specific part that they needed to repair their watch. However, when this felt like a good idea at the time, it has become quite time consuming and a little frustrating!
Unfortunately, there are too many people seeking specific measurements for parts that we get very close to, but do not match entirely. So we spend a lot of time searching and measuring the parts for someone, only to find that they are out by say 0.1mm so politely decline purchase.
We have made the decision to stop selling Verge parts individually on the website and instead list them on Ebay in smaller lots for people to buy.
We are sorry to not be able to continue to offer this unique service, but in order for us to manage our time more effectively, we have had to come to this decision.
At the time of writing this, we are listing 191 Third Wheels, 212 Crown Wheels and an amazing 376 Contrate Wheels. A total of 779 wheels in total.
When I list items on Ebay, I listen to Classical music. Often of a period where folk would have gathered to watch the latest offering from Beethoven or Mozart, and I cannot help but think how out of 376 Contrate wheels, how many of them resided within a pocket watch carried by someone of this time.
Just one little contrate wheel, hand made over 200 years ago, has survived 2 world wars, a time of great sea battles and would have been around to hear these Classical pieces of music as they first came out. It makes you appreciate their scarcity even more and knowing that we help bring these antique time pieces back to life always makes me happy.