Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?
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    Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    I found a nice Gruen 462 recently, but the dial was a nightmare. Not only is all the text and finish gone, but someone scrawled the numbers on it with a ballpoint pen.

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    I prefer original dials in nearly all cases, but ballpoint numbers is a bit much.

    Does anyone have an image of what such a dial would look like? It's a Gruen Precision self-winding watch.
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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    If you're going with a 60's style dial, there are otions you could go with. Some were just all markers, some had numbers and markers. You're starting from scratch by the looks of it. Guess you can just google images and choose your style.
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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    If I had the money for it, I'd consider having an artist do something custom on a dial that far gone. It's not like you're ruining history at this point; it's already happened.

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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    Paul, if it was me, I'd look up the numbers on the inside back of the case and do a search for that model to see what it looked like originally. Then you can search for a donor watch to scavenge a dial from or use that pic to get it repainted.

    This site is great for Gruens:
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    The two sets of numbers on the inside back (with a dash between them) will be the caliber of movement, and the model number of the watch.

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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    I have a few spare Gruen Precision dials that might fit that you can have.

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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    Thanks, all for the tips! I hadn't thought of some of these options.
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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    May I suggest Kirk Rich Dial Kirk Rich Dial Corporation: Watch Dial Restoration or International Dial Co International Dial Co. Inc.
    A thread about them was made years ago https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/kir...ml#post3088509
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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    I've seen some of the Kirk Rich Dial handiwork before- not particularly good. The pics on their website are suspicious, to say the least- small pics in a crappy resolution, as if they were hiding something.
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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    Wow! This dial was restored in a hard way :)

    If You won't find a donner You can still restore the dial. Unfortunately convex hour indexes treated like Yours... will not reborn like phoenix from ashes.
    What You are left with is this:


    1. Your dial would look like this 0825, Gruen Precision Autowind, 462
    2. or... like this (sorry for small pic) http://i.ebayimg.com/thumbs/images/g...Li~/s-l225.jpg

    Say what a frame inner diameter size is and I'll check If I have some graphics that'll fit.

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    Re: Any redial ideas for this dial disaster?

    Thanks, great suggestions! That image looks like a good possibility.
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