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    Before and after Hamilton, photo heavy

    I collect and restore Russian/Soviet watches so the Russian forum is my home. My father-in-law past away last March. I never knew him to wear a watch. Last week his widowed wife found the only watch he had. A Hamilton with 747 movement. The yellow specks are rubber based line paint spatter from road and parking lot striping. I did a cleaning and polishing of the case and dial then wet sanded and polished the crystal. I just finished the movement servicing. Here are before and after shots. Dan

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    Re: Before and after Hamilton, photo heavy

    Wow, good work on the clean-up! FYI, the model name is Kenmore, and the movement serial number dates it to 1954. Wear it with pride.

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    Re: Before and after Hamilton, photo heavy

    Quote Originally Posted by coastcat View Post
    Wow, good work on the clean-up! FYI, the model name is Kenmore, and the movement serial number dates it to 1954. Wear it with pride.
    Yes, it is stamped Kenmore inside the case.

    My wife is going to wear it as it belonged to her father. Dan
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    Nice job, Bloodtkr! Lot of patience and elbow-grease involved, there!

    This has been discussed on the forum before but would you like to describe how you were able to clean the dial as well as you did?

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Great work! What is the lug size? I'd imagine it is now considered to be a mid-size woman's watch now, especially with the ornate case; with a sympathetically chosen strap it would be a great one for a woman. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnurrp View Post
    Nice job, Bloodtkr! Lot of patience and elbow-grease involved, there!

    This has been discussed on the forum before but would you like to describe how you were able to clean the dial as well as you did?

    Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks schnurrp,
    I wanted to keep the petina on the dial and I think harsh chemicals would remove any markings. I used Dawn dish washing liquid and gently rubbed the dial with sudsy fingers. When it dried I took a small piece of jewelery polishing cloth held with self closing tweezers and polished each indice. I do this with the hands also. Every part of the watch gets a good soap and water cleaning save the movement. Dan
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    Re: Before and after Hamilton, photo heavy

    Quote Originally Posted by Seele View Post
    Great work! What is the lug size? I'd imagine it is now considered to be a mid-size woman's watch now, especially with the ornate case; with a sympathetically chosen strap it would be a great one for a woman. Well done!
    Thanks Sam, the lug size is 16mm. I have a deBeer burgundy crocodile calfskin band on the way. You are right, this looked nice on my wifes wrist. She was very close to her dad. Dan
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    Very nice job!
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    Re: Before and after Hamilton, photo heavy

    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodtkr View Post
    Thanks schnurrp,
    I wanted to keep the petina on the dial and I think harsh chemicals would remove any markings. I used Dawn dish washing liquid and gently rubbed the dial with sudsy fingers. When it dried I took a small piece of jewelery polishing cloth held with self closing tweezers and polished each indice. I do this with the hands also. Every part of the watch gets a good soap and water cleaning save the movement. Dan
    Ah! No secret technique, Bloodtkr. Glad lady luck was with you in knowing when to stop cleaning!

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    Fine job there sir, very sympathetically done.


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