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    Before & After ✨

    As a follow up to this post, I thought I'd share some before and after shots.

    First, an introduction to the subject watch: an unusual steel Poljot in rather poor cosmetic condition, bought for €31/delivered:


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    In total, here is what I did:

    • Cleaned the case
    • Replaced the crystal
    • Replaced the stem (the original was about 0.5mm too long)
    • Cleaned the movement
    • Gently brushed surface dirt from the dial
    • Polished the hands and indices (some oxidation was impossible to remove)


    And here are the results:



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    Here is the movement before:



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    And after:



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    As my watch budget has fallen precipitously in recent months, most of my purchases lately have been relatively cheap pieces in poor condition. I'll use this thread to show some other "before and afters" from time to time. Feel free to share your own.

    Spasibo!



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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Wowsers!!

    Well done!!
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    That's PRO Level! Thanks for saving another one of those beauties

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Good job watch dude!!!
    Do you live in Tallin?

    Visited there while stayin with my son in Klaukkala, Fi. for 3 weeks.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Thanks, guys! Forgot to include a photo of the caseback with that oh-so-important "All Steel" designation....


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    And yes, I live in Tallinn ✌️🇪🇪

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Excellent job mroatman! Mroatman and I have discussed our techniques for restoring and our sense of satisfaction in doing this sort of restoration. I am constantly restoring Ruhlas. Probably two or three a week, sometimes more. However, I am rarely mindful to take before and after shots!

    But here is a Ruhla Resurrection where I did photograph the results.

    This is a blue dial Ruhla which had a completely cracked crystal, damaged hour hand, missing stem, crown, half missing movement and missing case back - but, the dial and the watch case itself were in superb condition. How they managed to survive, Heaven knows! But survive it did!

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    After

    I restored the hands using the Tippex Mouse technique, gave it a new crystal, found a donor movement, stem and crown and case back.


    It now keeps excellent time and looks like new!
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    I also have a restored Thiel Ruhla Mickey Mouse pocket watch from the 1930s and a Slava Quartz that I should be able to find photos and post later.

    Not all attempts at restoration are so successful. Some watches defy all attempts to restore them!

    Sekondtime

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    Nice job, comrade Mroatman. Going by what you say you like to do you must have had a lot of fun.

    I assume the difference between the dial color of your before and after pictures is a white balance problem and not the result of some "gentle brushing". If not, I want one of those brushes.

    Real good idea for a thread.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    WOW great purchases, and YOU ROCK at cleaning them up!

    I love that it's a Moscow Watch Factory movement too! Great piece of history!

    Glad it'll live on!
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    And the collection, by age:
    —Seiko SNK805 (green dial), —Seiko SMKM95 (red dial), —Hamilton Pan Europe in blue, —Seiko Alpinist, —Tissot Lady Open Heart, & Burei white skeleton (for my Wife), —Vostok Signal watch (w/ alarm), —Bertucci A-2T (white dial), —HMT Janata, —Certina C-Sport Chrono, orange , —Timex indiglo w/alarm, —Omega Dynamic III (circa 2001), —1990 Vostok Kmandirskie, —Seiko H557 square digital-analog (mine, new in 1984), —Victorinox "ascent", circa 1980, —1971 Timex Marlin (searching for M25 mvmt), —1912 Concord Pocket Watch (w/engraved dial)

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Here are a couple of Soviets for which I have before and after photos.

    Slava Sports Quartz 3056A purchased for $10 including delivery.

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    A Pobeda from 1955

    Before: I remembered half way through cleaning the dial to take a photo for the contact who sold me the watch.

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    And finally, another historic East German clockwork restoration project. All East German children knew the Sandmann and so did other East European nations. This clockwork Sandmann arrived with only one arm, no beard, matted hair, dirty clothes and a siezed clockwork movement. How could I leave him like that!

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    I had to rebuild a right arm using the left as a model, clean and lubricate the clockwork, make a beard, give him a bath and wash his clothes.

    Here is the result in this video:




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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post

    A Pobeda from 1955

    Before: I remembered half way through cleaning the dial to take a photo for the contact who sold me the watch.

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    How did you clean this dial?
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