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    Re: Before & After ✨

    My little project is finished

    As written a little while ago, the clock had some hidden Gremlins; the wear on the mainspring barrel being the biggest. After repair, the movement ran fine for over 24 hrs. The sellers applied "gold"-paint came off by just looking at it and the minute hand had so its own idea where to position itself. That has all been sorted out. Not having any decent gold-paint, I opted for black spray-paint. Lumed the hands with "aged"-color lume and assembled the clock.
    The 2nd Moscow Watch Factory clock is now decently cleaned, repaired, freshly oiled and ready to start a 2nd round.
    A nice addition on my watch working desk
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa200 View Post
    I took another gamble and, I think, scored once more! So here it goes. Spotted this Poljot De Lux 2209. Price is probably 25% from the market price. Condition is horrible. Very filthy. On the 1st photo you see what I bought. My biggest concern was the green spots on the lugs. I was thinking that the gilding is gone and this is some kind of the green rust. Ask the seller but got strange and super vague answer that the watch is not perfect, used, and that it was loved. Anyway, given the price I figured that the worst case I would get a bunch of spare parts. When I got it a few days later (from UK by the way) 1st thing for me was to check the lugs. What I found still a mystery for me. What the ...? The spaces in the pins go in the strap were full of some green paste. Like a dried up play dough. Maybe the old owner was a school teacher? 🙂. 2nd photo shows the situation. And that is only what came out naturally. The strap had more inside.
    Aside from this the rest was not that bad. Scratched crystal, a bit of dirt on the case, a few specs of dust under the crystal (original crystal! ). Movement was relatively clean.
    You can see the polishing progression and the final product. Put it on a vintage lizard band. I am quite happy. What do you say?
    I bought an old Troika last year and there was a lot of such greenish stuff at the lugs as well as over the back. Someone explained me it was an amalgamation of dust and sweat with some natural chemical reaction... Quite disgusting but then we can be so proud when looking at the cleaned watches!

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    This place is becomming even more awesome! The best read for me on WUS.
    I've been restoring stuff from the big pile I got last week, and have a few ready. Posting two that were ok as cosmetic condition, but needed repairs. Repairs were nothing serious too, had the parts that needed replacing - mainsprings, clicks, stuff like that.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quartz Slava 3050 with rare purple dial. Before & After.

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    Repair and restore of Russian quartz watches.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by -WhiteLion- View Post
    Quartz Slava 3050 with rare purple dial. Before & After.
    Аbsolutely magnificent!
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by -WhiteLion- View Post
    Quartz Slava 3050 with rare purple dial. Before & After.

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    Beautiful restoration. Love the purple dial.


    You must write for us a tutorial of Soviet quartz repair.

    You appear to be our resident expert.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Kamburov, Matt_Bored_O,
    many thanks, guys. In fact this is a very beautiful watch.
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    Repair and restore of Russian quartz watches.

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    WhiteLion, where have you been all this time I think the forum has been missing a good expert on the soviet quartz. I have only one working - a slava. I also have 2-3 non working but I've given up on them. Just don't have your skills. I think what what you are doing is very cool.
    I've been salvaging watches from the pile I bought last week, and sometimes the least obvious watches give me much joy.
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    Re: Before & After ✨

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
    WhiteLion, where have you been all this time I think the forum has been missing a good expert on the soviet quartz. I have only one working - a slava. I also have 2-3 non working but I've given up on them. Just don't have your skills. I think what what you are doing is very cool.
    I've been salvaging watches from the pile I bought last week, and sometimes the least obvious watches give me much joy.
    There's a simple Raketa I didn't even notice until today.
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    I agree, a quartz tutorial from Whitelion would be good.

    This Raketa must have been a very satisfying transformation. Excellent work as always!

    Sekondtime

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    Re: Before & After ✨

    You brought that one from the dead . It’s a beautiful watch .
    The Komandirskie also looks good .
    Congrats Ivan !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamburov View Post
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