Very well done!
Very well done!
I wonder how these kits would fare with EU customs....
Here's mine before/after restoration. I had to replace the crown, second hand, and crystal (it was an original, but badly crazed ).
Like yours, mine suffered from staining at 3 o'clock -- I guess dust/moisture ingress was common at this location. But unlike you, I almost lost part of the '3' when cleaning that spot. As always, dial cleaning is definitely "at your own risk".
Thanks for reviving this thread, Ivan!
Excellent work you've done to the vimpel. I wouldn't notice a problem with the 3, but I guess you see it without even looking :) Staring at a small point like that is deffinately a form of meditation. Finding an original crystal has been a problem for me so far.
Also sometimes I'm just so eager to dive in it, that I forget taking the "before" photos :)
One technique I've been using lately for almost all watches (though it applies especially well to these thin 2009s) is to actually sand down the crystal to be thinner. It's really simple. Just place a piece of sandpaper (I use 600 grit) flat on a table (it's important that there are no bumps or grooves on the surface of the table) and lay the crystal face-up on top of the sandpaper. Then apply even pressure to the top of the crystal and rub in small circles.
It's important that the pressure is even or else the profile will end up lopsided (speaking from experience). My technique is to take my five fingertips and arrange them in a sort of upside-down Italian gesture (nessuna offesa intesa, compagni italiani!) then press firmly and rub. It takes a while, but eventually shaves off some height from the crystal (perhaps <600 grit would be more effective, but it's the coarsest sandpaper I have).
It's hard to explain, but easy to execute. Maybe this helps:
Here is the result on the above Vympel. The crystal I used for this project was one of those awful hi-dome models, almost as thick as the watch itself, but the final result looks pretty dang close to original.
I could have perhaps gone even 1/10mm further, but didn't want to have problems with hand clearance.
Last edited by mroatman; May 27th, 2018 at 01:09.
Certo che capisco :) Thanks, I will most deffinately give it a try! The original one doesn't have a step around the frame of the crystal, I guess to keep as low profile as possible. Now that you said it, I'm like "how didn't I think of that before?" :)
That's reverse engineering right there
On the subject of crystals...
The Poljot I bought recently on Ebay had this strange looking crystal on. An original mineral crystal made a really huge difference.
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