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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    Some vostoks from the past weeks.
    The first is actually a defrankenzation...

    ... but the other one was built from almost a scratch. Seller pics:

    In reality it wasn't better. Even Frida was sceptic about it.
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    To tell you the truth, it took almost all my 119 spares. Finding authentic spares for a tonneau amfibia was not easy at all, especially 2209 crowns and crystals. Had to put new hour/minute hands untill I find authentic ones, or relume the old ones.

    The original crystal was too cracked. Managed to find an authentic one in a better condition. Still cracked, but not that much. Really like how it blends with the bezel, so cool. Put some silicone for a perfect seal, and this vintage dude is ready for a test shallow dive.

    Ivan
    Oh so so cute! Frida knew this wasn't going to be easy task!

    It turned out great, congratulations!
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by SunnyOrange View Post
    You guys did some amazing job!!!

    I just love this Mayak, dial is fantastic, second hand, good find! It's not as common in collections as other more popular brands, and that brings pleasure to own.

    A nice guy started a thread recently in Vintage & Pocket Watches forum, you can check out his before & after work at the bottom of the page, he says that he uses some spray paint for chrome cases. And I thought his watch was a lost case!

    This is a link :

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/wh...5017747-2.html


    P.S. Check his wonderful Raketa on first page!
    Seconded. The Mayak looks good.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    Both successful accomplishments. Well done! I am interested in the strap you have on the amphibia. Is it new or repurposed?
    Thanks! The bracelet is a vintage 18mm one. I honestly don't remember how I got it. It has "100% stainless steel" on the lock. I have a whole pile of bracelets, that accumulated in the past years (many soviet), but I don't use them, just throw them in a box. Only recently I started taking some out, like these raketas
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    I think the 119 case goes well with a bracelet that's wider than the 18mm lugs. So for these I pick the vintage bracelets that I "feel" match the style of the case.
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    I have a feeling both bracelets started their life on japanese watches, though.
    Ivan
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    Seconded. The Mayak looks good.
    Thank you all, I appreciate it! Yes, I like the watch a lot too. I just got a bit annoyed with this clean, because when a dial is very, very dirty, I can't clean the print well and it stays in darker, non cleaned islands. I like it when I can't tell it's been cleaned. Don't dwell on small things like that though
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    Thanks! The bracelet is a vintage 18mm one. I honestly don't remember how I got it. It has "100% stainless steel" on the lock. I have a whole pile of bracelets, that accumulated in the past years (many soviet), but I don't use them, just throw them in a box. Only recently I started taking some out, like these raketas
    Attachment 14430699
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    I think the 119 case goes well with a bracelet that's wider than the 18mm lugs. So for these I pick the vintage bracelets that I "feel" match the style of the case.
    Attachment 14430795

    I have a feeling both bracelets started their life on japanese watches, though.
    Ivan
    Ah, I see. It looks very similar to this one on one of my Ruhlas. This type of bracelet is supposed to be "Seiko" style. It is my favourite type of steel bracelet.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Not as spectacular as most of the transformations on here, but I think it looks better. Mostly used mineral oil and a tiny bit of soapy water.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Don't be modest, it's an impressive result !
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaParker View Post
    Not as spectacular as most of the transformations on here, but I think it looks better. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.watchuseek.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif[/IMG] Mostly used mineral oil and a tiny bit of soapy water.
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    Wowowowow! Fantastic results!
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by haha View Post
    Don't be modest, it's an impressive result !
    Exactly my first reaction too

    Really impressive, and a really nice watch too! You too a chance there, but it paid back!
    Ivan
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by AaParker View Post
    Not as spectacular as most of the transformations on here, but I think it looks better. Mostly used mineral oil and a tiny bit of soapy water.
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    Excellent work!

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