1940s Leonidas Chrono

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    1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Hi,

    This is my first older watch, I normally go for 80s TAG / Heuer divers.

    The watch is working as it should, and thought that I could clean this dial myself, but I'm worried I'll remove the remaining lettering. What do you think I should do with the dial? Refinish, clean, leave it alone??

    The lower image is one I found online, I'm guessing that the markings should look like this.

    A pic of my Leonidas, sorry about the quality, I only have my camera phone with me.




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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Dear Europa,
    I would go for a complete dial restauration.
    this one is way beyond cleaning or useability...
    sad but true.
    I would take it to a pro. dial restoration compagny.
    Very nice Leonidas! I like this period of chrono's...

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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Thanks RJ.

    Do you think I should stick to the original design? If going for a complete refinish, I like this sort of design (see pic below). Or would that be a big NO NO in the vintage watch world?


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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Quote Originally Posted by europa View Post
    Thanks RJ.

    Do you think I should stick to the original design? If going for a complete refinish, I like this sort of design (see pic below). Or would that be a big NO NO in the vintage watch world?
    As long as a refinish to a new design is not an attempt to deceive, I say do what you want... I find these old chrono dials a bit too cluttered for normal use. And this one is beyond even that.

    The design used by TAG Heuer is very readable. Personally I like it.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    As long as a refinish to a new design is not an attempt to deceive, I say do what you want... I find these old chrono dials a bit too cluttered for normal use. And this one is beyond even that.

    The design used by TAG Heuer is very readable. Personally I like it.
    I wouldn't have it badged as anything other than a Leonidas! I do like the black with white look though.

    Can anyone recommend a dial finisher that could do the job?

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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    I've never had a dial refinished. BTW, I believe its done much less routinely in the UK than in the US, and doesn't come cheap. Have a look at:

    http://www.watchdialrestoration.com/...efinishing.htm

    in Spain (I think someone in here recommended them a while back)


    or http://www.chealwatch.com/dialrestoring.htm


    Also consider setting up a search on ebay for a NOS dial - it could work out cheaper.
    Last edited by Marrick; April 21st, 2010 at 18:29.
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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Thanks, very useful.
    You're right, finding a restorer in the UK seems difficult. I have heard good things about Perpetual-Time in the US. I don't mind mailing it abroad if they do a 1st class job.

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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Dear,
    For a Leonidas I would keep it to the original design, as it is a manufacturers watch!
    Here in NL it takes about 250 Euro's to do a restauration by a compagny who does mine for clients.
    I can inform for you is they have the prints aviable, I think so beceause a few years ago I had a Leonidas with almost same dial design...
    GO ORIGINAL, although you are a TAG HEUR fan....

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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Yes, I think that in the case of vintage pieces, there is the world of difference between an honest restoration and a fantasy frankenwatch. Have it restored to as near as possible original and you will have something worth having.

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    Re: 1940s Leonidas Chrono

    Quote Originally Posted by tomshep View Post
    there is the world of difference between an honest restoration and a fantasy frankenwatch. Have it restored to as near as possible original and you will have something worth having.
    Very well said

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