I know that refinished dials generally impair the value of high end vintage watches however I have a few questions...
I'm looking at adding a nice vintage watch to the collection, either a 1940's Vacheron or a ref 96 Calatrava.
Many of these come with dials in poor condition or badly refinished. I'm not interested in the value to a collector but wish to wear it every day. I'm therefore interested in restoring the dial to how it would have looked when purchased.
Are there refinishers who can take a badly refinished dial (dodgy printing an all) and restore it to how it should have looked when new? I'd be looking for the highest quality work so it's on a par with the quality of an original dial.
Is the cost likely to exceed the value of the watch?