Fragility of the lume paint

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    Fragility of the lume paint

    I have a vintage Adriatica in a quite decent state, both visually and mechanically. I really like the nice patina on the hands. However, this is also the source of my concern. How fragile is this old lume paint? I'm sort of afraid to wear the watch, because I've seen a lot of photos of nasty holes in such paint. Is there a way to somehow fix the paint, or what is the best way to preserve it? Is there a danger the paint will crumble away due to physical stress while wearing the watch?

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    I would hate to see the hands deteriorate like this.
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    Re: Fragility of the lume paint

    In my experience that loss of lume often happens when the hands are removed during service or if someone tries to bend them. Not so much risk during wearing. And if it does then it's a simple fix and a good watchmaker will try to colour match the new lume if you ask.


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    Re: Fragility of the lume paint

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    In my experience that loss of lume often happens when the hands are removed during service or if someone tries to bend them. Not so much risk during wearing. And if it does then it's a simple fix and a good watchmaker will try to colour match the new lume if you ask.
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    They are not so old and should be OK if not man handled
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    Re: Fragility of the lume paint

    Thanks, good to know.

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