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    Keep, restore, or sell?

    An online lesson--last fall I saw a very cool looking watch on eBay with a horribly scratched crystal and said to myself, I'll bet it's beautiful under there, and bought it. Only thing is, with a new crystal it's kind of not beautiful: the dial is damaged, and strangely only the area of the signature:

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    The lesson is, don't assume anything about what lies under scratched crystals, especially if you're only working with photos (I don't have the "before" photos anymore). And I'm at a loss to explain why only that part of the dial is damaged--some weird cleaning attempt, I'm guessing, but still...

    Anyway, what would you do with it? Keep it as is, try to restore the dial, or sell it? After service it runs beautifully--there's a nice cal. 833 inside.

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    Re: Keep, restore, or sell?

    I'd keep it as is at this point. I don't think restoring the dial would net you a value gain unless you're just going to keep it and enjoy it. Its a nice looking watch IMHO.

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    I think that center part of the dial was refinished. The font doesn't look quite right to me. Probably the paint they used to paint the "ETERNA AUTOMATIC" ran in some way, creating that damage.
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    Re: Keep, restore, or sell?

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    I think that center part of the dial was refinished. The font doesn't look quite right to me. Probably the paint they used to paint the "ETERNA AUTOMATIC" ran in some way, creating that damage.
    Dan--that's very interesting, and looking closely I'll bet you're right. I hope whoever paid for the refinishing got their money back!

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    Re: Keep, restore, or sell?

    if it's possible then refinish that center part again because now it just does not make sense: beautiful case, hands, minute track and then bam...
    Chaos is my focus

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    Keep, restore, or sell?

    I don’t think these are as rare as collectors would have you believe. Personally I’d keep it and try hunting for a donor watch or a dial...

    ... but then, not everyone enjoys that rescue process.


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    Re: Keep, restore, or sell?

    It's possible it's all original
    A comparison with two original logos of the same period


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    Re: Keep, restore, or sell?

    Quote Originally Posted by bubba48 View Post
    It's possible it's all original
    A comparison with two original logos of the same period

    Very nice demonstration of the level of variability. So perhaps the damage resulted from somebody's ill-informed attempt to clean the dial, resulting in smudging. It seem very coincidental that all the damage is right around the text.
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    Re: Keep, restore, or sell?

    Sell.
    It's not bad enough to warrant restoration and even has a certain charm.
    Yet you're clearly not in love with it enough to warrant keeping it, it will just sit unworn in the bottom of your watch box.

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    Re: Keep, restore, or sell?

    keep it as is; you buy vintage for their charm and not to restore (Im talking 70's watches and earlier).
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