Awesome work, night and day difference
Awesome work, night and day difference
Thanks for the link. I have had a look and I think the paint powder is something worth trying as it should mixed with a varnish. If you can get an equivalent to Rustins Clear Metal Lacquer (Blurb from their product: forms a protective film with excellent adhesion onto metal surface including Brass, Copper, Aluminium, Silver and other polished metals (not suitable for mild and stainless steel). It is guaranteed not to yellow or craze with age and Rustins Metal Lacquer will prevents metals from tarnishing = no more cleaning!) Rustins metal lacquer is quite thin and relatively quick drying. If it also doesn't yellow or craze, that is even better. A small bottle is quite cheap. Worth a try!
Luxnox Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Powder – something new, something different!
Is there a paint that can be used on wood, on metal, on plastic, on concrete, on ….?
The answer to this question is – YES. But there is one condition, this has to be the Luxnox Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Powder, and we’ll explain you how to use it. You have to buy transparent varnish for metal, concrete, glass or another type of transparent varnish depending on the surface you have decided to paint and to make glow in the dark. You first add our paint powder to the varnish at a ratio of 100 g of varnish to 33 g of glow-in-the-dark paint powder, then mix very well until you reach a homogeneous mixture. In the process of work the paint must be stirred all the time in order to prevent the paint powder from turning into sludge. Why we decided to offer our customers this product?
Thanks for your input! I have a plan for this now :)
If this works it's going to be fun mixing colours to make it look like naturally aged lume. Somehow it always bothered me putting new Meranom hands (new greenish lume) on old amphibias (aged beige).
OK, this more for the "modifying..." thread, but I feel so cosy here so there we go :)
A year ago I bought two vostoks from Ukraine, really cheap, combined shipping. One was komandirskie/generalskie 2416B auto for $17, so I threw in a franken I spotted to round the deal. It was a submarine komandirskie 2409 in a tonneau amphibia case. I simply needed the case. It was a long time ago and I could only find the thumbnail to show you.
Anyway. I found the propper case for it (bezel, caseback and all), and some months later I found a crown. Not the original crown model, but it fits well and I used the watch for around the house beater for a while.
Today I got it out and decided to have some fun with it. I've wanted to strip a komandirskie to the brass for a lomg time, so I got myself some acid, gloves, mask and goggles and played mad professor on my balcony. Also prepared a new crystal and a bronze tension ring for it.
I had some good fun for an hour or two and then all was ready for reassembling
So there it is
Not exactly a restoration, but still different than what it was before :)
PS: Haven't finished with it, working on hands replacement or reluming, and maybe a bronzed crown, but got so excited about it I had to post this. :)
Last edited by Kamburov; November 9th, 2018 at 16:25.
Months ago I got these rhree non working Thiel/Ruhla watches (well, the UMF was kinda working).
I decided restoring them, as I find these particular models very stylish and beautiful. Also I used to have a military WWII Thiel that I sold years ago, as the offered price could not be refused. Kinda missed it.
I already posted the UMF Ruhla and one of the Tiels
and now I'm done with the last one. Thanks again to Secondtime for providing catalogs and advice!
There's the catalog page for the two Praezisa models
The movements of the Thiels and the UMF Ruhla (UMF 2) are very similar, major difference is the second hands position and the mechanics related to that. There are some other minor differences, but a lot of the parts seem interchangeable. At least looks that way. I'm impressed with these movements - solid, easy to work with and very accurate. Felt like working with vostoks.
So there it is, probably my favourite of the bunch
For this one I had to buy a broken Thiel for using the crystal and hour hand ($10), and finally a non working movement with a healthy ballance ($5). The crown is a new vostok 24XX crown, but the old crowns were quite bad and not original anyway.
The other thing about the Thiels is their backs. They just age badly, to the blackened brass. No stainless steel backs here. So now I'm looking for a pair of good leather bands with pads.
Great job Ivan. I really like the black dial. I wish I had a clue as to how to do what you've done although it seems like a slippery slope :)
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Gut gemacht Genosse Kamburov!
This has made me realise that several of my Thiels have not yet made it to my webpage!
The two variants in this movement arrived at different times. The small seconds version was made from 1948 until 1963. The central seconds version started from 1959 until 1963. There are small differences in some of the parts used such as balances and shock protection among others.
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