One of the best threads ever. :)
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The idea of this thread, as I understood it, is more to show the watch in it's original (poor) state / condition and the same watch but than being restored to, or best to its old glory. Without or preferably with comments how it was done; the tips & tricks so to speak
A sniper dial amfibia model I spotted for about $20-$22 delivered, with original bracelet. I like the sniper dials, so decided to have fun with it.
there's the 020481 model variation that's closest to the one I got.
Relumed the tip of the hour hand (thanks to EndeavourDK fot the instant coffe tip!). Not my best job, not my worst either. The dial has been "repaired" by a previous owner with a black marker at some point, and under certain light angle I can see the spots. It's not that bad, and I can live with it. Cleaned it as much as I could, and even found a bezel as on the calendar photo.
Oh! Cleaned and repaired the bracelet too, so here it is
My apologies for the crappy pictures, but I hope they convey the idea
For luming hands, what at the moment works very well for me is the following lume set;
Picture #1; starting from the top
- the binding fluid,
- an old oiler
- the lume powder
- a yellow roller-pen
- mixing "bowl", a big word for an old crystal
- some (preferably the smallest grains, "dust" is even better) instant coffee.
Picture #2; the no-brand yellow roller-pen (ball-point)
Picture #3; I took the inner-tube out and cut the empty part off. Now I can dip the oiler in the yellow ink / substance. I my case just a very tiny amount of ink is needed to color the binding fluid.
Prepare the hands; wedged with either ends, back-side up, horizontally between two rolls of Rodico.
Step 1: A small amount of the binding fluid in the mixing "bowl".
Step 2: Dip the clean oiler in the yellow pen ink, only a very small amount is required; just wetting the tip.
Step 3: Mix the yellow ink through the binding fluid and compare to the lume hour-dots on the dial. Too light, add some more. Too yellow, discard the fluid and start over again.
Step 4: When the "yellow-ish" is correct, pick (if needed) with the wet oiler a very tiny grain of coffee. Mix well. Add some more if required. Too dark and discard the whole mix ...... start over again.
Once the binding fluid color is correct, add enough lume-powder until the fluid / lume-powder mix starts to "stick" to the oiler; i.e. when lifting the oiler out, a small droplet starts to stick to the end. The trick is to find the right "viscosity". Too thin and due to the fluid surface-tension the mix keeps retracting when trying to close the gap, too thick and the mix won't "flow" equally.
First "wet" the metal around the edges of the hand. Take one bigger droplet and start on one side of the hand, pulling the gap close. At first the fluid-mix may retract. It may take a few droplets to pull the whole gap close. Once nicely, equally and smoothly closed ...... KEEP OFF !! Don't keep going back and forwards. Let the lume dry.
It's the usual "Try & Error" until you get the hang of it ....
Last edited by EndeavourDK; June 29th, 2019 at 11:19.
My humble effort.
Polyglass on the glass and water+Q-tip on the face nice new canvas strap and it instantly became my daily wearer
now only to figure out how to get clearer photos of my watches
Nice work ! What about the bezel ?
Now to re-lume the hands. People have successfully "re-lumed" (more for visual effect) these cadet hands by sticking the old fashion white correction-tape on the backside of the hands. Not useful during the night, but it looks pretty "as if"
Having said this, as it is now is not bad either ...... you decide
Last edited by EndeavourDK; June 30th, 2019 at 12:39.
Not sure what else can be done.
The hands don't look like they can be relumed they are hollow and the number markings are all just shiny metal.
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