Why Choose Us?
As an independent watchmaker, access to parts and a lack of brand certifications can concern some prospective customers. Rest assured, as an independent watchmaker who trained at the prestigious WOSTEP institution I have all the training and qualifications to service and restore your beloved watch. I have worked hard for many years learning restoration techniques and procedures that are not carried out by the manufactures themselves. I have worked for the Rolex service center where I trained on all vintage and most modern calibers. I have very rarely not been able to find an original replacement part for a watch, and if I haven’t, it has been manufactured by hand.
The benefits of choosing a respected independent watchmaker truly outshine the choice of the official service center when it comes to vintage watches and some modern ones too. Official service centers are sending more and more watches back to Switzerland as they do not have the staff or skills to restore vintage pieces. You generally only deal with sales staff that fail to give you the peace of mind you require.
Brands are ever more insisting on changing rare and valuable vintage parts, which destroys the original character of the watch. At our workshop, you always deal with the watchmaker, Ashton, and can convey your strict requirements and wishes, which will be closely followed as long as they don’t interfere with the performance of the timepiece., and even then they will be discussed at length before any decision is made.
Contact Ashton today to find out more.
Who Is Ashton?
My name is Ashton Tracy, and I am a WOSTEP trained watchmaker with over a decade of experience. I have previously worked independently servicing many Swiss brands & for the Rolex service center where I trained on most calibers. In addition to my watch restoration, I am a contributing author to various online and print publications that focus on horology. I am also a Horological Society of New York watchmaking instructor.
I operate my own watchmaking workshop in Ottawa, Canada, where I focus on the restoration of vintage, watches with a special focus on Rolex, Tudor, Omega and vintage Seiko, King Seiko & Grand Seiko. I also specialize in the restoration of high-grade pocket watches as well as vintage military watches and classic manual-wind chronographs.
Ashton’s Watchmaking Background
Watchmaker Ashton Tracy obtained his world-renowned WOSTEP diploma in Manchester, England, at the British School of Watchmaking.
He then set up a small workshop in London, UK focusing on vintage chronographs like the Breitling Navitimer and Omega 321 Speedmaster as well as military watches such as the IWC Mk XI. He soon garnered a reputation as an expert among collectors and dealers. His workshop was also the official service center for Linde Werdelin in the UK.
Eventually moving closer to home, Australia, he once again set up a workshop in Melbourne. His workshop was the official Mont Blanc service center for Australia and undertook modern and vintage repairs on many brands including Rolex, IWC, Panerai, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Omega, Raymond Weil, Oris, Zenith and more.
After marrying a Canadian, Ashton moved to Canada and went to work for Rolex where he was trained on a variety of calibers including the 20xx, 21xx, 22xx, 15xx, 30xx, 31xx, 32xx, 40xx and 41xx families.
He now operates his own watchmaking studio focusing on the restoration of fine timepieces.