I accidentally dropped my 1942 VC watch on the pavement, there isn't much damage to the case as the first point of impact was the crown (which has survived with two minor dents), but the plexiglass popped out. I tried putting it back in by brute force but did not want to push it too hard.
So I took it to the VC boutique in London. The watchmaker wasn't in but one of the people there told me that they would have to have it sent to Switzerland, and that they would probably want to do a full service on it, and that getting an esitmate for the service would take 6-8 weeks and getting it actually serviced would take the better part of the year.
The watch is still keeping good time post-trauma, so I hesitated to take them up on their offer; especially because this is my only dress watch and I would not want to spend a year without it, but also because they could not tell me how much all of this would cost me. So I took it to Wempe on Bond Street, where the watchmaker said they would simply take the piece and transfer it to the VC boutique.
First of all, what are your thoughts about whether I should leave it to the VC boutique to handle or have someone pop the plexiglass back in? If you think I could go with the second option, I was wondering whether anyone could suggest a trustworthy watch repairer in London who could help me out with this. I am leaning towards the second option, as I find it impractical to spend a year to have the plexiglass popped back in, and also because I just moved to London and might not be able to afford spending a fortune on a blunder.
Thank you all so much in advance.