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    Re: Before & After ✨

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post

    Black nail polish on this one. I clean the hands, then apply small nail polish drops with the tip of a needle (in the canal). I put a slightly exessive amount (so it bulges above) and leave it to dry. As it dries it shrinks (the stage you see on the pfoto). Then with some cotton on the tip of a toothpick, slightly soaked in nail polish remover (or 97% spirit), I remove the polish from the surface. Usually polishing the top side is enough, but sometimes I do the underside aswell.
    It's a fairly easy process, and the good part is, if you don't like the result you can easily clean and repeat.
    For the white colour I use acryllic paint, but any nail polish with the appropriate colour is good enough. Supereasy to work with.

    Haha, this is an awesome job you've done on the Ruhla! Sekondtime's compliment says it all :)

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    Thanks Ivan. That's an interesting method. I will refer to this the next time I am faced with hands that require new black (or other colour) infill. Most of the ones I do require white infill for which I use the Tippex Mouse method with is very quick and easy. But occasionally, I need to do black.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Finally, after a new crystal/tension ring refit, I can post the B&A of the desert shield amphibia:

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    Also my scuba dude got a crystal refit, and now I need to find an authentic silver second hand set to finish it. Still keep the original set, but it's in a quite bad condition.
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    Hi, guys! I admit I've been busy (and lazy) with the "before" photoshoots lately. Also most of my recent buys were from local antique shops, so no seller's photos either.
    I'll post the results anyway.
    That's a Moskva I got this morning, for $2 as a non working trash. A good movement clean got it going. It's running some minutes behind now, but that will be sorted.
    It was quite bad and rusty, but still had most (almost all) of it's lume. I was aware that it was probably radium, so tried to be cautious with it. Maybe in the future I'll have another go at it, but the lume was too fragile to continue.
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    Then there are the two brother Vostoks I cleaned simultaneously. Some rusty hands repainting was done too (the black one). Both have cracks on the crystals (almost invisible on the white one). One needs a crown replacement, but so far soo good. Both quite ordinary, but together they are nice pair.
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    With the last one I got the best result, but I had to replace the crystal and crown. The dial cleaned very well, though.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    "...That's a Moskva I got this morning, for $2 as a non working trash. A good movement clean got it going. It's running some minutes behind now, but that will be sorted.
    It was quite bad and rusty, but still had most (almost all) of it's lume. I was aware that it was probably radium, so tried to be cautious with it. Maybe in the future I'll have another go at it, but the lume was too fragile to continue."

    Can't you be sure it's radium if it glows without exposing it to light first?

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Double post.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by audiomagnate View Post
    Can't you be sure it's radium if it glows without exposing it to light first?
    Don't know, really. Couldn't get a glow from the little thing. Under strong light only the hands somewhat glowed. The hour numbers couldn't be bothered.
    I'm not sure it's radium, just a guess. Decided to be cautious anyway, as with any 50s-60s watch with lume.
    Even if not radium, the lume of old watches like this is pretty fragile, so I prefer to keep it on, that overdo the cleaning. Can't make it like new anyway :)
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by audiomagnate View Post
    Can't you be sure it's radium if it glows without exposing it to light first?
    Don't know, really. Couldn't get a glow from the little thing. Under strong light only the hands somewhat glowed. The hour numbers couldn't be bothered.
    I'm not sure it's radium, just a guess. Decided to be cautious anyway, as with any 50s-60s watch with lume.
    Even if not radium, the lume of old watches like this is pretty fragile, so I prefer to keep it on, that overdo the cleaning. Can't make it like new anyway :)
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    I got my second scuba dude Neptune today. Looked quite worn, but with it's authentic parts. The hands had lost their lume, but I'm pretty sure that's the original hands set.
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    Took it all apart for a good cleaning. Everything was stuck with dirt.
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    Ok, so someone had changed the ballance. I consider that an easy replacement.
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    The dial had some of the hands' lume stuck on it. I just cleaned that, cleaned the hands and left everything as it was.
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    So there it is
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    Put next to my other Neptune (with replaced hands), you can see the colour transition of the scuba dude dial (dark blue-brown-gold). This one is already in the brown shade.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

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    (crown pulled on second picture)

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