So I bought this watch online relying on some pretty fuzzy photos but also not paying as much attention as I should have to the photos. It was not expensive and I have purchased it as a "project" watch. It will be a first project watch for me. I am confident about being able to restore the case and the mechanism (cal. 283) seems to be running more or less ok so should not require much attention.
The problem is the dial. In addition to the rather sad 11 o'clock hour marker, it seems that someone has badly scratched the dial, perhaps in a misguided approach to cleaning it.
Questions: is it worth spending the money on a new dial (of appropriate vintage)?
If yes, who are the major suppliers of NOS dials for watches of this age (serial no. suggests that it was made in 1952 or 1953)?
Can a novice amateur such as myself ever hope to restore the original dial (which would involve replacing the unfortunate marker at 11 o'clock and somehow dealing with the scratched surface)?
Grateful for advice of any kind.