Dial Paint Needs Help

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    Dial Paint Needs Help

    Hello all,

    I usually hang out in the Russian watches forum, but as part of a trade I recently acquired a "crossover" piece with issues you guys might be more familiar with than I, so I'd like to get your opinions before I act on ignorant assumptions and do something stupid.

    The watch is a Soviet K-43, manufactured in 1947. It has a painted dial which most notably has a chunk missing between the 1 and the 12, showing the bare metal underneath; though there are other less noticable spots on the outside perimeter of the dial. As it's an evolution of a pocket watch movement, the movement/dial assembly is easily removed from the case.

    As I'm decent with a paintbrush and detail work, my instinct would be to get a matte latex paint color-matched to the yellowed dial and carefully fill in the blanks; but if anyone is gasping at that notion and can either suggest a better method or someone who can do it for me at a reasonable price, even better.

    Either way, I don't want a redial as I like the patina on what's there, but given that the lume is radium, I hesitate to bring it to a pro who might give me a hard time about it.

    The second issue is that the movement needs servicing -- it starts and stops (but seems to keep good time for the period it runs). If anyone knows someone who can take care of both issues in one shot, let me now. Otherwise, I'm thinking I'll work on the dial first, then take it somewhere for mechanical servicing.

    I welcome your thoughts/comments.

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    Re: Dial Paint Needs Help

    I bet the folks in Watchmaking will have some good suggestions. I tend more to the conservator view that nothing should be done that is not reversible. But most watches are not the equal of ancient Egyptian antiquities
    "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: Dial Paint Needs Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    I bet the folks in Watchmaking will have some good suggestions. I tend more to the conservator view that nothing should be done that is not reversible. But most watches are not the equal of ancient Egyptian antiquities
    Agreed -- I'm looking to do a minimal amount of touch-up, and nothing to the existing paint. I'd leave it as-is, but I think a minimal amount of paint might help stabilize it. Plus, I don't mind minor imperfections, but because it's reflective metal underneath, it really calls attention to itself.

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