Denis, Thanks very much for the overhaul on my Rolex Date watch. Before overhaul, it was running very fast, and it’s now running within one second each day. For anyone looking for excellent watch repair, Carignan is your company. Denis overhauled a 1960s manual-wind IWC Calatrava-style watch for me in 2003, and it literally stays on time to this day with no time gain or loss. He also did considerable case repair on that watch, as well as bracelet repair with the overhaul on the Rolex date. Denis makes a point to let the customer know how the repair is going during various stages, and I’ve learned a considerable amount about the watch functions from this level of customer service. I’ll forever be a customer.
Dennis, I received my Heuer Regatta countdown chrono watch this PM. and Immediately took it over to my uncle who is also my gunsmith. The highest praise comes from another craftsman who has been at it for over 60 years. “He is one of us” Great job, quality work, and it looks every bit how you described it. I learned years ago never rush a pro and by taking our time the watch is beyond what I expected. Thanks again and I will get some more units to send you as I do not need Rolex on 5th Ave in NYC anymore. All these years I described to my wife how the countdown went with the different colors. She saw it for the first time working and now knows why I loved this watch.
Dear Denis: I would like to thank you for the excellent work you did to restore my Grandfather’s fusee watch! I am attaching a picture of him and my Grandmother that was taken on June 3rd, 1895, when he was about 25 years old and working as a conductor on the railroad in Scunthorpe, England. Attached to his vest you can see his watch chain that leads to the watch in his pocket. I suspect that he inherited the watch from his Grandfather.
When the watch came to me after having been tossed into a box of things ready for disposal, I was concerned about its poor condition and thought that it would never run again. I kept it because it had belonged to my grandfather with whom I had a very special bond.
This morning when my wife and I opened the box containing the watch, which you had brought back to original condition with your tedious and caring workmanship, we were absolutely amazed at its beauty! Every time we look at it, we will remember the painstaking effort you put into it. You have restored a family treasure that we plan to pass down to future generations.
Although we have never met, you seem like a good friend. We also give a hearty thanks to your wife Heidi and your secretary Elise, for supporting you as you obviously gave numerous hours to bring this timepiece back to life!
William L. Brown, PhD
William’s Grandfather and Grandmother
William Brown’s Pocketwatch pictures below
(Hen’ Thompson, JUN #776, pair cased, Verge Fusee with black sea ray leather covered outer case from early to mid 1700s) We completely restored this watch from replacing missing and broken parts to even replacing the sea ray leather on the outer case. This watch was in very poor condition when we received it so we are very happy with how well it turned out, we only wish we had the “before” pictures still.
Gentlemen, It is not very often in this day and age that a business takes the time and effort to perform a truly extraordinary service. One such company is carignan Watch company. From the moment I first contacted Carignan watch company via email, I received prompt and curteous assistance. Upon my arrival at their store, i was greeted and made to feel welcome. Prior to contacting Carignan, I visited several watch dealers in the Portsmouth NH area. I was told that the watch I owned (Tag Hauer Aquaracer) would have to be sent out for repair that could take up to six weeks and cost upwards of $250 USD. Not only did Carignan immediately tend to my watch, but the cost was SIGNIFICANTLY less. Carignan also had the means to pressure test my watch which no other facility had. In short, if I were asked if I would refer them to another, the answer would be unequivocally absolutely. I wish nothing but the absolute best of luck to Carignan Watch Company, and years of good fortune.
Denis Carignan gave me back my favorite watch!!!! In 2001, I purchased, loved and wore to death a limited edition SPOON watch, made by Pulsar (Seiko). I wore that watch day and night for 7 years and got tons of compliments on it for its unique metallic blue oval face with a blue dot in the center. The watch has cool hands with a second hand, glows in the dark, shows the date, has a beautifully chunky bracelet, and always kept excellent time. However, the crystal ultimately became too scratched to be worn, so I retired the watch, hoping to replace it.In 2008, I contacted Seiko/Pulsar and numerous watch dealers and retailers but could never found anything like it again and even tried earnestly to find a used SPOON on Ebay, etc. but never could. Knowing the watch was one-of-a-kind, I took it to numerous repair shops throughout the San Francisco Bay area where I live, but none could find the crystal. I even sent the watch to Seiko/Pulsar Watch Repair headquarters in NJ and after waiting 3 months, received the watch back with a note saying the crystal could not be replaced. In deep despair, and unable to discard the watch despite its unwearability, I wrapped it up and put it away in a drawer. Two months ago, I discovered the watch in my drawer and decided I would try again. This time, I did an internet search for custom watch crystals and found Carignan Watch Company. I called, spoke with Denis Carignan and upon telling him my story he was very upbeat and optimistic that he could help me. He immediately started a search for the crystal and I sent him my watch the next day. His customer service was impeccable – he called me regularly to give me status updates and about 8 weeks later he called to tell me the watch was ready! I could not believe my ears. Denis was excited as I was! In addition to a beautiful new crystal, he steam cleaned the watch, rhodium-plated the areas that needed it, and replaced the battery – all for a very reasonable price. I was prepared to pay a lot of money for a custom crystal but he was able to do what no other watch repairer could. I am forever indebted to Denis Carignan for giving me back my beautiful one-of-a-kind watch. Thank you, Denis!
My husband’s Rolex arrived yesterday running perfectly and looking awesome! Thank you so much for your work and dedication.
In today’s world it is hard to find a true craftsman. Someone who has mastered a skill to a level that it becomes an art form. Denis at Carignan Watch Company is one of the few people who I would put in that classification. My dream watch has always been an omega Broad Arrow. Since my budget was limited I was forced to buy a used watch with some very noticeable cosmetic flaws. It was due for a service and serious spa session. My expectations were to see some improvement but ultimately having to live with the imperfections of a used watch. Much to my surprise the watch came back near perfect, I mean near perfect. His attention to detail and quest for perfection were beyond expectation. A $5000 watch to me is a once in a lifetime purchase so needless to say I am without words for the job that he has done. Some would take the typical route and send it to omega but I guarantee that they would not have taken the time to care for this beautiful watch like he did and would have charged me a great deal more. Thank you for a job well done.
I received my Clebar watch a couple weeks back and I have to say you did a perfect job restoring the case. The watch looks brand new. I will definitely be doing business with you in the future.
I received my TAG Chronograph the other day and it looks great. Keeps perfect time. Thanks for getting this done in a timely manner.
Dear Denis, Thank you for overhauling my 1936 Rolex. Your hands, skill and workmanship turned a crippled old watch into a fabulous looking piece of jewelry. It is teriffic, and I’m so grateful for your kind attention to detail and courteous service. The quality of your restoration is remarkable and I’m forever grateful. You have my highest recommendations, period! Again, thank you for the wonderful and timely service.
I sent you my beat up omega Mini Constellation watch for refurbishing and you did an excellent job with a very quick turnaround time. I couldn’t be more pleased. The watch looks like it just came out of the jeweler’s showcase. Thanks so much for the fabulous job and the great customer service.
CWRNH Review 05/12/2015 I am providing a review for CWRNH regarding restoration of two English watches. The Benjamin Farrer watch is in excess of 200 years in age, running and timing in all positions. These old verges are quite complex in their designs for the times and to have a present day firm that’s a cut above the rest, restore these to running on demand, gives me confidence to turn over the care and maintenance of my European collection that dates back to 1730. CWRNH also performed restoration on one JF Pitkin English lever of Buffalo, New York, circa 1853. This old time piece, in it’s Coin Silver hunter case is also performing as if it just left the original Jewelers door. I am pleased to be able to call on CWRNH for my antique time pieces, given the expertise and customer support they aptly provide. Sincerely Keith Richmond NAWCC Member #109463
I have gone to Carignan watch Co. for years to have our watches cleaned, repaired and for new batteries. We have always been happy with their fast service and fair prices. Our last visit was above and beyond. I have a Movado watch that was going through new batteries every 5-6 weeks, it was not keeping time well and the gold plate had all worn off. I went to 4-5 jewelers and we contacted Movado as well. Everyone offered to look at the watch but they all said it could not be replated and all offered to sell us a new watch. My husband had bought us both matching watches and I was sad to think mine could not look as nice anymore. We went to Carignan’s watch repair to at least have it cleaned and fixed. We were told it could be replated even thouth everyone else said it could not be done. They fixed the watch, cleaned it, plated it there and buffed it all within a couple of weeks. This watch looks as though it is brand new and it runs great!! We could not be happier. This establishment is fabulous, affordable and quick turn around. We tell all our friends and family that this is the place to go!! Thank you Caragnan Watch Repair. Robin Baron Gilford, NH
Denis, I want to thank you personally, as I feel that my family owes you a debt of gratitude. This watch has been laying at the bottom of drawers, largely forgotten for a century or more. Your skillful restoration, taking every care to preserve the antique dignity of this watch, while allowing it to take it’s place among the prized family heirlooms is very deeply appreciated. You had every opportunity to charge me a LOT more money, as you and I both know that I would have paid almost any amount for this restoration, but your honesty, professionalism, and golden-rule virtues are traits that are so uncommon in today’s greed-induced world. I would recommend you without reservation to anybody. My sincere thanks, friend….and God bless. I hope our paths cross again soon. This watch has now been owned by 8 generations of my family. My father will be 91 on his next birthday, and is the oldest son of his father. My father remembers this watch, as a child, but has never seen it run. The history of George & Jonas Roush can be found on the internet, by searching for “The Shenandoah Valley Roushes.” This watch is believed to have belonged to one of them, but we are uncertain of which. George Roush married Catherine Zerkle approx 1781, and had a son named John Roush. Jonas Roush married Barbara Fox approx 1785, and had a daughter named Regina. John Roush married Regina Roush, and had a son named Benjamin Roush, who married Sophia Altman in 1839. Benjamin and Sophia had a daughter named Sarah Elizabeth Roush, who married John Michael Kauff I 8/6/1865. Their oldest son was John Michael Kauff II, and the watch was designated to be passed to the oldest living John. It passed to my grandfather, John Preston, on John Michael II’s death in 1947, and to my uncle John Richard, upon his father’s death in 1973. My father was the eldest son, but was not named John, so I intend to modify the lineage of the watch slightly, having received the watch when my father’s younger brother passed in 2005. It was a sad day when I received it, but my intent is to return it to my father to belong to his generation for as long as possible.
Mr. Carignan is one of a rare breed in this world – an honest tradesman. He is, moreover, a painstaking artist and craftsman – an even rarer breed still. I sent to him an 1870’s English verge fusee I had recently purchased that had stopped running. Despite an already busy repair schedule, he very obligingly took on the commission to set my watch in running order again. He obtained a proper bulls-eye crystal to replace the broken and likely incorrect previous crystal which greatly enhanced the fusee’s appearance and cleaned, oiled, and repaired the internal mechanism all within my stated budget. I might add that work beyond my cost limit was done at no extra charge – a testament to his dedication to and love of horology, not to mention generosity of spirit. It was an edifying pleasure to communicate with him throughout the repair process. New to the world of such collector timepieces, I will not hesitate to resort to his expertise in future for the maintenance of this watch and the acquisition of others and recommend his services without reservation.