TO RESTORE OR NOT RESTORE
VINTAGE WATCH DIALS
I like to say I am not a watchmaker .. rather a hacking master restoration expert
When it comes to Dials, Tony The Tiger is perhaps, in my opinion, the best of the
The plates necessary to restore vintage and classic dials, while maintaining accuracy.One doe not free hand a dial–though some parts of the work is free hands-the fact is plates matching the original dial must me utilized, such as brass plates with the names of brands,ink-paint is swiped over plate filling the recess, then excess scrapped off, a rubber “stamp” pressed over the ink filled brand name then transferred to dial.then there is the making of plates. utilizing computers. now, it is much more intense but you get the picture.
First Lesson: no one “paints” dials.
Dial Restoration Is An Art:
1) *Restoring dials does not diminish price unless the time piece is rare or special.
* You can always store the old dial.
2) for every ten buyers, 8 will invest in the watch with restored dial.
3) pricing on restored dial vs worn out dial? 60% more
4) all watches with outlined raised numerals up to 1960 [some after] had radium. then tritium – now luminova.
5) radium life is 1000 years. radium glowed 24/7. on the other hand, modern non
6) 60% of old watches have radium dials!! But, after the glowing part dies, the only
7) what vintage radium watches have collector value? mainly when the radium is orange color or some super thick high radium numerated watches like some pockets or look like the Bucherer i completed 5 years ago.
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NOW, IF A RADIUM DIALED WATCH HAS CHARACTER. DIAL IS 70% AS FAR AS WEAR. AND DEAD RADIUM, WHETHER WHITE OR ORANGE, IS AWESOME LOOKING, THEN KEEP IT AS IS. BUT MOST RADIUM DIALS FOR MILITARY RELATED (AND OTHERS) FROM 1914 TO 1965, NOT ONLY HAVE DAMAGE, BUT THE RADIUM IS USUALLY NOT CONSISTENT. THE LINKS ABOVE SHOW WHEN YOU SHOULD KEEP THE DIAL AS IS. ON DRESS WATCHES WITH RADIUM HANDS AND “DOTS” OR MARKERS SHOULD BE RE-ILLUMINATED.
SOME COOL RADIUM DIALS CAN BE RESTORED TO SOME DEGREE BY LIGHTLY RE-APPLYING LUMINOVA IN WHITE BASE COLOR. 90% OF DIALS THAT STILL LOOK GREAT, THE HANDS ARE RE-ILLUMINATED WITH LUMINOVA. IF HANDS ARE THE ORANGE COLORED DEAD RADIUM, THEN YOU LEAVE IT AL AS IS. AS FAR AS NON-RADIUM DIALS. THE SAME SITUATION APPLIES. IF THE DIAL HAS CHARTERER, LEAVE IT ALONE
IF IT IS DAMAGED. UNLESS IT MEETS THE RARE VINTAGE REQUIREMENTS, RESTORE IT! SO, IF YOU FIND AN ORANGE RADIUM LOOKING GREAT; INVEST!! BUT DO NOT LET A NICELY RESTORED DIAL DRESS OR MILITARY WATCH GET AWAY!
TO VIEW A FULLY RESTORED RARE ETERNA-MATIC 1949 MODEL -”THE ACTUAL FIRST BALL BEARING ROTOR AUTOMATIC CALIBER MODEL FOR MEN” WHICH, BY MY FACTS HERE, IN THIS ARTICLE, WOULD SAY, THE WATCH IS WORTH MORE ORIGINAL, LOOK AT THE BEFORE AND AFTER. I AM SURE THE AFTER WAS CORRECT!
OUR WORK STATION
HAVING MORE THAN A LOUPE MEANS FINER
EASIER MORE EXACT REPAIRS AND RESTORATIONS
LIGHTING CANNOT BE OVER ESTIMATED
WE USE 5 TYPES OF LIGHTING
SOFTER LIGHTING FOR SIMPLE REBUILDS
INTENSE WHITE LIGHT FOR OVERHAULS
CHEMICAL PURCHASES ARE 10% OF OUR GROSS
WE USE PURE LACQUER
NOT THE LACQUER PROVIDED
OUR COOKING OVEN WITH UV GENERATED HEAT
it took two watches
we invested in this baby because we had
32 baume mercier dials from a watch makers estate
we have 15 lefty including the rare doctors dial.
ROCK INVESTED 200 IN THIS BAUME MERCIER
ROCK INVESTED CAUSE HE HAD AN ORIGINAL MINTY DIAL
YOU MUST REMOVE CRYSTAL WHEN VIEWING COLOR
“ORIGINAL BAUME MERCIER LEFT”
I CANNOT OVER STATE DIAL WORKS
BUT IT IS EXPENSIVE
SO MANY OFFERS FAIL UNDERSTAND THE COSTS
50 TO 100 PER DIAL
HERE ARE EIGHT COMPLETED TIME PIECES WITH DIALS
WYLER ORANGE CRUSH
DIAL ESTIMATE 90.00
BENRUS STAR/SUN BURST
DIAL ESTIMATE 75.00
JULES RACINE GALLET
DIAL ESTIMATE 125.00
BENRUS DIAL ESTIMATE 65.00
DIAL ESTIMATE 90.00
DIAL ESTIMATE 75.00
YELLOW DUE TO CONTENT
OF CELLULOID IN CRYSTALL
DIAL ESTIMATE 85.00
COLLECTION WOULD ENJOY DISCOVERING MAKE MODEL PRICING
OR WHAT MAY BE WRONG WITH YOUR TIME PIECE WE OFFER A
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