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.