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Adelaide's leading vintage watch shop, watch restoration workshop and Swiss watch service centre.

 

 

R. McMahon Watchmaker's central Adelaide watch repair workshop and vintage watch shop is the most complete place in Adelaide to help with your vintage or modern watch. We have the best equipped and modern workshop in Adelaide.

Richard McMahon worked in London as an expert consultant and preferred restorer for Rolex, Omega, Cartier, JLC and Breitling while at Somlo antiques. He is a fully qualified watchmaker and restorer with over 29 years experience. Member of the Watch and Clockmakers of Australia.

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 only specialising in Rolex, Omega, Tudor, Cartier, Breitling, Panerai and TAG.

We are no longer servicing basic quartz, pocket watches, clocks or modern fashion brands.

We do NOT offer watch valuations or advise on watch authentication.

Visit our watch shop for expert advice to purchase a vintage watch or for restoration of your treasured timepiece. A minimum $25 fee for a fixed up front quote is requested if watch repair is NOT proceeded with. 

Adelaide's complete watch shop and watch repair service centre. Omega and Rolex experts.

Level 9, 118 King William Street Adelaide 5000.

Open 9:30 till 5 weekdays by appointment, CLOSED WEDNESDAY.  

For other times by appointment please call or email.

08 7225 7292

 

 

 

 
 

Please contact us for further information on our stock. We accept Visa, MasterCard for in store purchases for our watches. Purchases can be made ONLY with EFT money transfer for interstate clients. We do not accept credit cards for phone orders.

 
 

International watchmaker with over 29 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. We service clients timepieces across Australia, Asia and Europe.

Not just a watch repair shop, a watch restoration centre. Omega and Rolex experts.

 

What clients are saying

Outstanding service, sound professional advice. Thanks Richard
— Brad Srivens
Outstanding service, amazing knowledge of watches and watch repairs. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my collection, an absolute professional. I always love to see the the great vintage watches available for sale too, this is the place to start for a pre-loved classic.
— Shannon Corcoran
 
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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. 

Lititz 125 bar pressure tester. Equivalent to over 1.27 Kilometers. 

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.

Witschi Watch Expert 4 timing machine.

Flat lapping polishing equipment for first class watch case restoration.

 

 

 Various lathes for manufacturing winding stems, balance staffs and re-pivoting wheels. 

Various lathes for manufacturing winding stems, balance staffs and re-pivoting wheels. 

 
  Our German Sirotech laser welder, able to do the finest welding to gold, or high power welds to titanium or aluminium. Not many watch repairers have this technology. This allows us to repair watch parts maintaining integrity of the piece and us to control the repair without out-sourcing. What it means to you? As much of your watch is as original as possible, and reduces cost to you and repair time. We can repair watch cases, that a few years ago, were just not possible.

Our German Sirotech laser welder, able to do the finest welding to gold, or high power welds to titanium or aluminium. Not many watch repairers have this technology. This allows us to repair watch parts maintaining integrity of the piece and us to control the repair without out-sourcing. What it means to you? As much of your watch is as original as possible, and reduces cost to you and repair time. We can repair watch cases, that a few years ago, were just not possible.

 

 

 

 

Due to our workload we are taking a minimum of 4 weeks to service watches. We give priority to Omega and Rolex service. Minimum 3 months on complications like vintage minute repeaters and complicated chronographs. We charge a quote fee of $25 for basic quotes and $50 for complications, not charged for if the repair is booked in at that time. We do request a 20% deposit on proceeding with repairs. 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 wristwatches 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 suitable current drivers licence ID is shown. Omega, Rolex, Tudor and Breitling our specialty. 

  • Rolex trained case polisher and case re-finisher.
  • 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 Sotheby's.
  • Omega and Rolex and Cartier restored expertly, discontinued parts hand made. 
  • Second hand watch dealer. Specialising in Rolex, Omega, Tudor, Cartier and Breitling.
 
 One of our clean rooms with the latest diagnostic equipment. 

One of our clean rooms with the latest diagnostic equipment. 

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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.