Father Time Antiques is the Midwest's largest restorer and retailer of vintage and antique wristwatches, pocket watches and clocks. For more than 36 years, Father Time Antiques has been a premiere Midwestern watch and clock shop located in Chicago, IL. We specialize in an amazing variety of timepieces from all over the world with an emphasis on quality, selection, and expert restoration. Our services include: • Antique watches • House calls • Watch and clock repair • Appraisals • Bands We'll even buy your antique timepiece! We also carry a full line of accessories. We'll install batteries while you wait, and all of our work is guaranteed. We only seek out and restore the very best of what is available in the vintage and antique market. Stop in or call Father Time Antiques today!
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Tiertza S.


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I recently brought a pair of eyeglass frames I damaged to the store where I was hopeful they'd be able to repair. I was there for no more than five minutes and they were done and ready to go. Excellent staff!

Huntz J.


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Check out the amazing selection of antiques.

Kata I.


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Brought in a 50's Omega Automatic to be serviced. They really did an excellent job, the watch keeps good time and cleaned up nicely.

Carney S.


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I took my Newgate clock to Father Time Antiques today for repair and these gentlemen were AWESOME! They fixed my clock while I waited. Super nice group of profession men! I would highly recommend taking your clock or watch repairs to them! I certainly will in the future! Thanks guys!

Kat S.


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I inherited a 19th century pocket watch badly in need of a tune up. Further, the front cover would not clasp shut because the metal had worn down over time. During a brief visit home a few months ago, I swing by FTA to have them look at it.

I received a nice tutorial about how pocket watches work and an eyeball estimate of the watch's value. The team explained exactly what needed to be done and why, how it would be done, and when I could expect it. I currently live outside Chicago and FTA assured me it would be sent with the utmost care and arrive to me safely.

Five weeks later, the watch arrived safe and sound. It works perfectly, the front lid closes, and the FTA team polished it to a shine it hasn't had in decades. I am very impressed - though not surprised, based on other reviews - with the work and service of the FTA team. This kind of craftsmanship an guarantee of quality work is becoming rare. It's great to know this place still holds up - kind of like their time pieces!

Durgelman S.


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Several years ago, I lost a unique Bulova Accutron Spaceview watch that I had been given as a present by my parents. Jim and Father Time spent almost a year searching for the exact same watch based on nothing more than a small photograph that showed me wearing the watch. Not a lot to go on. But they found one in Florida (if I recall) and offered it to me at a fair price. It was a near duplicate of the one I lost. And it is authentic and complete. They have serviced it faithfully using original parts for almost 15 yrs and have even done some minor repairs at no charge. I have only this experience to go on but I will tell you that Father Time is one of the best retailers I have dealt with and will continue to deal with. They made my day when they found the replacement watch and I intend to be a loyal customer for as long as the watch (or I) keep on ticking!

Art M.


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Having heard good things about Father Time Antiques I had to go check them out. They were very friendly and were willing to share their knowledge with me even though I didn't buy anything I will be back

Tedri B.


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I took my Grandmother's wrist watch to Father Time to be restored, but was sure it was not possible. I have been told by several jewelers that it was a basket case. Much to my surprise, the owner of Father Time said that it could be put back to original condition, using only original parts. They did the work, and when it was done, it was perfect! They restored the watch back to its original beauty, and presented me with the broken parts, showed me the details of how the watch was worn and broken, and now it works perfectly. Every time I put it on, I think of my Grandmother! I don't know of any place else that could have done this restoration. It is much appreciated!

Sheffy F.


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Many years ago my father handmade a grandfather clock case and he bought an antique movement to put in it. It ran for over 30 years, but when I inherited it it was in bad need of restoration. Father Time Antiques were able to restore it to its former glory and it has been running great since their clock makers gave it their TLC. Thanks Father Time!

Glenda N.


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Every time I come to Chicago, I make it a point to stop at Father Time Antiques. My son was interested in timepieces, and we came in to look around. We were treated to a vast amount of information and history of how the watch was developed. We learned so much, that now my son wants to collect pocket watches that were used on the railroads. History has become his favorite thing. Who knew? I really can't say enough about how courteous they were to a curious kid. We bought him a pocket watch for his birthday, and he loves it!

Sayer D.


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Fine selection of vintage watches at various levels of restoration .

Whitby H.


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These guys are most fantastic !

Maxi B.


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This is a great little shop! Many exquisite items and a very helpful and friendly staff. I am going back, hoping to find that the little English oak piece I loved is still available.

Ezie C.


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I took in my great grandparent's mantle clock for repair in October.
The gentleman who assisted me when I first brought in the clock was very knowledgeable and helped me learn a lot about the clock and its history. The restoration, while expensive, was well done and I am very pleased with the end product. I would return to this business again.

Jacent B.


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Despite the watch had not been used in probably 40 years, they were able to repair, clean and polish it... Now it works perfectly.

Kora F.


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I recently brought my grandfather's pocket watch into father time antiques for repair... I had initially brought it to a local watch repair shop in my neighborhood, but they recommended that I bring it to father time antiques. When I brought the pocket watch in for repair, I was immediately impressed with the knowledge of the gentleman who assisted me. He was familiar with the manufacturer and told me approximately what year the watch was made and some interesting insights about the design of the watch... I definitely felt it was my own antiques roadshow experience!

Chauncey B.


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I would very highly recommend father time antiques for anyone looking to repair a family treasure. Like some of the other reviews mentioned online, father time antiques is not cheap, but I definitely feel they provide value for the money. These guys are definitely experts, and they were very friendly and helpful. An added bonus is the shop is also a retail store, with numerous unique antiques that you'll enjoy. Even if you're not in the need of a watch repair man, consider checking out the retail shop.

Mark O.


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Said they could replace my battery in the Movado but heard there was a special process so opted against it.

Keo P.


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Great place to put in a boat .

Aimee M.


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Check out booth 1974 for great deals video games and systems bar lights antiques and a huge vinyl record selection

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Chicago's Largest Restorer of Antique Clocks & Watches Since 1979.

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Regular Hours
Mon - TueClosed
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House Calls
bulova, seth thomas
Payment method
paypal, cash, check, debit, amex, discover, visa, mastercard
North Side, Roscoe Village
Clocks, Antiques, Jewelers, Watches
Other Information

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

By Appointment Only: No

Services: Antique Furniture, Antique Restoration, Clocks, Antique Traders, Antiques, Antique Preservation, Antique Coins, Miniatures, Antique Repair, Antique Jewelry, Antique Toys, Repairs, Watch Buyers, Antique Art, Ephemera