Repairs during the Covid-19 crisis
During this crisis it is safe to post instruments to Optrep in the usual way because the NHS has stated: ‘There is no evidence that you can catch Coronavirus from parcels and letters….’.
See also information from WHO, etc.
All instruments are externally cleaned before despatch back to you.
Also, by arrangement, you may deliver/collect instruments to the workshop gate where they will be collected while maintaining a safe social distance. Please put the instrument into a bag or box together with all your details and ring the gate bell.
All callers are requested to wear a mask
Avoid Park Lane (unmade)
Optrep Optical Repairs operates from a well-equipped, modern workshop located on
the South Coast of England. It has over 55 years of experience to draw upon and an
unrivalled range of optical instruments can be repaired and serviced, including:-
All makes and ages of equipment, from the earliest to the most modern, can be
handled, including wartime binoculars. Turn-round is rapid and the work is both
effective and reasonably priced. Servicing is always carried out as the manufacturer
intended including, when appropriate, purging with zero grade nitrogen. Customers
are invited to call in or send their equipment by post or courier (well-packed of
course). Free estimates are given when requested. All work is undertaken with the greatest care and the support of vast experience but always at the owner’s risk.
The Technical Director of Optrep, Tony Kay, is a trained engineer. Questions are
often asked as to his origin and so this very brief CV is given: Academic work
at Wimbledon Technical College was followed by a five-year apprenticeship in
instrument making and then three years in the designing of heavy steelworks machines. He began working on optical instruments in 1960 and then,
in 1962, he launched his own company, Kay Optical Servicing at Morden in south
London. Over the years, much knowledge and material was amassed from the work
on a great variety of optical instruments, including binoculars and then ophthalmic
instruments. Later, the sales of binoculars and telescopes were added to the business.
By 2002, Tony left the sales side of the business to his youngest son (also named
Tony) and had the special Optrep workshop built next to his home in Selsey, West
Sussex. Here, conditions were much more placid and were perfect for concentrating
on repair work, with far fewer interruptions.
Today, when there are very few independent skilled optical technicians left, Optrep
has a truly international reputation and has carried out optical repairs from countries
as diverse as Alaska, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Cook Islands, Crete, Denmark, Eire, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia,
Shanghai, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Sweden, S. Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Taiwan and the USA.
Optical Repairs Glossary