A week ago I got a tip from a forum friend, and won an auction for a non working, all steel Poljot. Thanks, Ivan!
The seller had a few other cheap parts/repair things, so while waiting I also got this fat Raketa auto.
It is a franken, in case you are wondering. This dial goes with gilded hands and case. I know the chance of finding a lonely gold-plated case is close to zero, so decided to go experimental. I wanted to dechrome something different than Vostok and this big, chunky, fat Raketa seemed like a good contender.
Repairs went well. A wheel with missing teeth, a spring wandering loose, nothing serious. It was running in no time.
Found a set of gilded hands, gave them a new paint+nescafe.
The dial I didn't touch this time. The hour markers, originally gilded, have turned to patinated brass. Figured they will be a good match for the brass case, when it gets some patina. Actually the markers gave me the whole brass idea in the first place.
Dechroming went well too. I'm not a fan of the gloss, so gave it a brushed finish.
Couldn't wait till tomorrow and shoot some cool pics in the light of day. So there we go
Now I can sit and stare at it, waiting for some patina to form.