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    I haven't done one of these in a while.

    A restoration, that is. I've had this NCC 101 for a year and a half:





    I had done a polish of the crystal and a bit of work to the case, but it was pretty rudimentary. After 18 months of work I finally managed to get all four screws out and only broke one. Even with the screws out the case was still rusted together. I finally managed to pry it apart and then it took another ten minutes to get the movement and gasket free without damaging that. Simply cleaning the rust out of the inside of the case took an hour.

    The case taken apart:







    After a clean the blue bladder looks really nice and free of tears.



    The back. I polished the edges with 1500 grit and gave the lightest possible cleaning to the back as the engraving has almost disappeared already.



    The crystal and case cleaned and sanded. The edges are sharp!







    Old screws



    Fortunately, I have a spare set!



    Back together:








    The fishtail before re-brushing:



    Some formal shots of the finished project:








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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    Looks fantastic. Great save!

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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    Nicely done!
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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    Awesome!!!! love those vintage Rado's!!!!
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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    Wow...I can't look at that watch and not think "Kirk to Enterprise"...Great work. Is the movement sealed inside the "blue bladder"?

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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paleotime View Post
    Wow...I can't look at that watch and not think "Kirk to Enterprise"...Great work. Is the movement sealed inside the "blue bladder"?
    Correct. One of the great things about all five NCC models and the Manhattan models is that they are so well sealed from the elements that it is not unusual to find a fifty year old watch that has apparently never had a service running perfectly.
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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    they are so well sealed from the elements that it is not unusual to find a fifty year old watch that has apparently never had a service running perfectly.
    Amazing...certainly not the case with the 1920s/1930s pieces that make up the majority of my collection. Very cool.
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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    Awesome job, looks great! I have never heard of the "blue bladder" fascinating.

    I Love the Rado emblem right in the middle of the crystal.
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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paleotime View Post
    Wow...I can't look at that watch and not think "Kirk to Enterprise"...Great work. Is the movement sealed inside the "blue bladder"?

    All it needs is a "7".

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    Re: I haven't done one of these in a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by howards4th View Post
    Awesome job, looks great! I have never heard of the "blue bladder" fascinating.

    I Love the Rado emblem right in the middle of the crystal.

    The NCC in the model name stands for "New Concept Construction" which was sealing the movement and dial between the bladder and the crystal and holding the case together with screws. I believe the NCCs were the first "modern" watches where the case was held together with screws, which is pretty common now.

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