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    Antique store finds

    I picked up several watches from my local antique store recently. Among them was this 1940's Waltham Premier military watch. It looks similar to the one in this thread. The dial on mine looks rough though due to the missing crystal. It's doesn't run even though it winds normally and the balance seems to partially rotate. Maybe the second hand is stuck to the dial preventing it from operating. I'll post images of the other watches soon.


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    Re: Antique store finds

    Nice find! I don't think the hands are correct for an ordnance watch; might have been swapped out?
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    Re: Antique store finds

    Scratch that, I was looking at the wrong section in the guide. Those are the right hands for this model.
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    Re: Antique store finds

    Nice, like the dial on it

    What are your plans for it then?

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    Re: Antique store finds

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyMonkey View Post
    Nice, like the dial on it

    What are your plans for it then?
    I don't really know. It's beyond my budget to fully restore though. The movement and case are solid, but I don't know if the dial is re-storable. I still like the overall look of the dial, even with the decades worth of dirt.

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    Re: Antique store finds

    Here's two more, both Elgins. No movement shot for the automatic as it's a frontloader.







    Next is an older Hamilton with a lovely 987 movement. What's the best method for removing the layer of case oxidation without removing the finish?




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    Some good examples with plenty of character~Congrats!

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    Re: Antique store finds

    some nice watches that are worth to be restored
    Omega the sign of Excellence since 1848. Jaeger Le Coultre Horlogerie de Luxe depuis 1833
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    Re: Antique store finds

    You can try the Silver polish that is a liquid. You do not want to use a cream, as this may take off the surface.

    Some lovely watches!

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