A wristwatch is more than a timing device; it’s a measure of life.
R. McMahon Watchmakers is a small studio in South Australia dedicated to matching people with the perfect timepiece - regardless of their vintage.
Richard McMahon worked in London as an expert consultant and preferred restorer for Rolex, Cartier, JLC and Breitling while at Somlo antiques.
Our Adelaide watch restoration workshop is well equiped with international standard modern and vintage equipment to ensure the very best in vintage watch repairs.
Due to our busy workload we are taking in Rolex, Omega, Tudor, Cartier, Breitling and other Swiss watches of vintage and modern quality. We do not service modern fashion brands or quartz. Contact us regarding your service needs, if we are unable to help we are happy to refer you to a watchmaker qualified to help. We still restore quality chronographs and pocket watch complications.
Visit our watch shop for expert advice to purchase a vintage watch or for restoration of your treasured timepiece.
Adelaide's complete watch shop and watch repair service centre.
Level 9, 118 King William Street Adelaide 5000
By appointment only.
08 7225 7292
Please contact us for further information on our stock and bank transfer details. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Amex for in store purchases for our watches. Purchases can be made with money transfer for interstate and international clients only.
International watchmaker with over 25 years experience
Richard McMahon trained as a horologist first in Adelaide and Sydney before moving to London and working on Bond Street as a contractor for Cartier and as the preferred vintage restorer for Rolex, JLC and and Breitling at Somlo Antiques in Piccadilly. Specialising in complicated movements, Richard is a vintage watch expert, specialising in chronographs, repeating watches and hand-makes components such as balance staffs and winding stems, which have long since gone out of production. A member of Watch and Clockmakers Australia Richard returned to his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia in 2015 and established a studio on King William Street. R. McMahon Watchmakers has quickly expanded over the interceding years and now boasts some of the most advanced watchmaking equipment in Australia and will, this year, commence work on the nation’s first completely custom-made timepieces to order.
Not just a watch repair shop, a watch restoration centre.
What clients are saying
Fully equipped workshop designed for custom builds
Our workshop equipment includes.
Siro tech German laser welder, for case repair and parts manufacture
Automatic Elma cleaning machine designed for vintage watches
Elma electronic water pressure tester, safe testing to protect the watch,
5 lathes for expert machining and milling, indexing heads for wheel cutting
3 complete polishing machines for case restoration and 3 ultrasonic baths for cleaning
Due to our workload we are taking a minimum of 6 weeks to service watches. We are still taking in Omega and Rolex and Breitling with a faster turnaround as they are our specialty. Our central Adelaide city studio contains a combination of cutting-edge and traditional watchmaking equipment. We restore pocket watches, wristwatches and clocks to exacting standards. We do not service basic quartz or fashion watches as this is not our area of watch repair. Where possible, R. McMahon Watchmakers source original parts for the sympathetic and authentic restoration of valuable time pieces but are also able to custom-make components that have long since lapsed in production or become extinct on the market. For example, some early Rolex and Cartier parts are no longer available, as a qualified and trusted restorer will manufacture parts in my workshop here as I was trusted to do by the service centres in London. We restore Rolex Submariner, Rolex Sea Dweller, Omega Speedmaster and Omega Seamaster in our workshop regularly. Founder of R. McMahon Watchmakers, Richard completed a four-year apprenticeship in 1994 and is a co-author of the watchmaking industry standards of servicing for the Federal Government of Australia.
We buy quality watches provided with suitable ID. Omega, Rolex, Tudor and Breitling our specialty.
- Rolex trained case polisher
- Flat polish and lapping of cases and bracelets
- Chronograph, perpetual calendar, quarter and minute repeater experts
- Custom-made balance staffs, winding stems and watch hands
- Watch dial restoration and sympathetic patina maintenance of hands (re-lume)
- Vintage watch expert, and advisor previously in London to Christies and Sotherby's
- Antique Fuzee pocket watch expert
- Omega and Rolex restored
- Second hand watch dealer
Made in Adelaide, South Australia
Richard worked in Europe advising independent watch manufacturers as a technical expert and helped with fine tuning of some of the products we see available today. We are not able to mention the companies due to contract agreements. In 2015, founder of R. McMahon Watchmakers, Richard McMahon has embarked on an ambitious journey: to manufacture an Australian-made timepiece in Adelaide, with a large percentage (over 80%) of custom built components. Most moving parts and casings will be hand-made on equipment in the R. McMahon studio on King William Street. An exclusive list of clients has been invited to collaborate on this project with our founder. Each client will inform the aesthetic outcome of their watch – the design of the dial, the watch hands and the size and shape of the case based on their own preference. Tourbillon and quarter repeater on offer. In an Australian first Richard McMahon is offering to manufacture a completely custom watch to a customer’s specification, custom complications on request, working with local artisans in enamel dial manufacture and hand engraving to ensure the finished product is a world-class timepiece, native to its place of manufacture in Adelaide, South Australia.