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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    Odessa, you are becomming quite a specialist on the saturns I still haven't had the chance to play with them. Exellent work! I don't think a better result is possible. These dials are really quite old, and to be honest, I like when they are clean, but retain the signs of their age. You've done it nicely.
    Ivan
    Seconded! It retains its authenticity!

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Only browsed a few posts in this thread, but really impressed with what is achieved.
    Makes me look at older watches in a different light when I see them listed.

    One question, where do you source replacement crystals?
    Will they be originals or more generic closest fit ones?

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by ajf View Post
    Only browsed a few posts in this thread, but really impressed with what is achieved.
    Makes me look at older watches in a different light when I see them listed.

    One question, where do you source replacement crystals?
    Will they be originals or more generic closest fit ones?
    Yes and Yes. Depends on the watch and crystal

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaJohnboy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ajf View Post
    Only browsed a few posts in this thread, but really impressed with what is achieved.
    Makes me look at older watches in a different light when I see them listed.

    One question, where do you source replacement crystals?
    Will they be originals or more generic closest fit ones?
    Yes and Yes. Depends on the watch and crystal
    Crystals are hard. Good thing: most Soviet and Russian watches are quite cheap so getting donors is my number one source.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by ajf View Post
    Only browsed a few posts in this thread, but really impressed with what is achieved.
    Makes me look at older watches in a different light when I see them listed.

    One question, where do you source replacement crystals?
    Will they be originals or more generic closest fit ones?
    I try to find original ones. Bought a few watches just for the healthy crystal or hands.
    Used some acryllic replacements, have a watch guy that supplies some, but that's last resort. I keep some watches with cracked crystals, just cause they are the originals.
    It's difficult, that's for sure.
    Ivan

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by ajf View Post
    Only browsed a few posts in this thread, but really impressed with what is achieved.
    Makes me look at older watches in a different light when I see them listed.

    One question, where do you source replacement crystals?
    Will they be originals or more generic closest fit ones?
    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    I try to find original ones. Bought a few watches just for the healthy crystal or hands.
    Used some acryllic replacements, have a watch guy that supplies some, but that's last resort. I keep some watches with cracked crystals, just cause they are the originals.
    It's difficult, that's for sure.
    Ivan
    If I can find a donor watch for the crystal then that is what will usually fit best. For Ruhlas it can be very difficult because a lot of Ruhlas have extra high dome crystals (XHD). These are next to impossible to find a supply of and if you do, they cost quite a lot (often more than the watch is worth). And the sizes are in restricted supply too.

    I have a supply of newer acrylic crystals and several years ago, I managed to acquire a set of older unused crystals. But, I have mostly worked my way through the majority of the useful sizes now.

    I also do as Ivan does. If the crystal has just a small crack or an unobtrusive hairline crack, I will keep it as it not worth the effort, expense and authenticity to change it.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    I need a hand to finish this one. Literally.
    Got it as non working, but I like to play with copper dials, so I'm always up for a challenge.
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    Broken ballance and a missing click spring, took my last spares.
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    Then the fun part - the dial. After some treatment with the so called "Kamburov's green stuff" , I got to this
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    Skipping some steps ang jump to the crystal. It was a subject of the last conversation, and you can see I had to scrape the dird out with a blade. It was so thick.
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    So in the end I have a Pobeda one hander, untill I find a minute hand that is.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    I need a hand to finish this one. Literally.
    Got it as non working, but I like to play with copper dials, so I'm always up for a challenge.
    Name:  1.jpg
Views: 47
Size:  148.1 KB
    Name:  2.jpg
Views: 48
Size:  188.9 KB

    Broken ballance and a missing click spring, took my last spares.
    Name:  3.JPG
Views: 46
Size:  2.47 MB

    Then the fun part - the dial. After some treatment with the so called "Kamburov's green stuff" , I got to this
    Name:  4.JPG
Views: 46
Size:  3.13 MB
    Name:  5.jpg
Views: 46
Size:  1.01 MB

    Skipping some steps ang jump to the crystal. It was a subject of the last conversation, and you can see I had to scrape the dird out with a blade. It was so thick.
    Name:  7.JPG
Views: 46
Size:  2.58 MB

    So in the end I have a Pobeda one hander, untill I find a minute hand that is.
    Name:  8.JPG
Views: 46
Size:  3.52 MB
    Well, you have certainly brightened up the dial. It is surprising how the markings remain unaffected by the cleaning. The crystal has come up well considering how hard to shift the dirt was.

    I have looked through the 1957 catalogue which shows the different hands for Pobedas and I cannot see this style. Are you sure it is original to the watch?

    Sekondtime

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    Re: Before & After ✨

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sekondtime View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    I need a hand to finish this one. Literally.
    Got it as non working, but I like to play with copper dials, so I'm always up for a challenge.
    Name:  1.jpg
Views: 47
Size:  148.1 KB
    Name:  2.jpg
Views: 48
Size:  188.9 KB

    Broken ballance and a missing click spring, took my last spares.
    Name:  3.JPG
Views: 46
Size:  2.47 MB

    Then the fun part - the dial. After some treatment with the so called "Kamburov's green stuff" [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.watchuseek.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif[/IMG] , I got to this
    Name:  4.JPG
Views: 46
Size:  3.13 MB
    Name:  5.jpg
Views: 46
Size:  1.01 MB

    Skipping some steps ang jump to the crystal. It was a subject of the last conversation, and you can see I had to scrape the dird out with a blade. It was so thick.
    Name:  7.JPG
Views: 46
Size:  2.58 MB

    So in the end I have a Pobeda one hander, untill I find a minute hand that is.
    Name:  8.JPG
Views: 46
Size:  3.52 MB
    Well, you have certainly brightened up the dial. It is surprising how the markings remain unaffected by the cleaning. The crystal has come up well considering how hard to shift the dirt was.

    I have looked through the 1957 catalogue which shows the different hands for Pobedas and I cannot see this style. Are you sure it is original to the watch?

    Sekondtime
    Agree. Another nicely saved watch!
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