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    Little help from you experts

    Hello everyone

    I am new here and not at all familiar with anything regarding watches.
    But my grandmother gave me an old watch that used to belong to my grandfather.

    This watch has a lot of sentimental value to me so i wanted to restore it a little and use it.
    And that is why i need your help:

    Nr. 1 - Would it be possible to get the glass changed?
    Nr. 2 - Is it possible to polish the watch it self since it's got some small scratches, especially on the back

    Other than that the watch works great and runs when i have it on my wrist.

    If you could tell me anything more about this watch i would be grateful.

    On the front it reads:
    Pierpont
    of Switzerland

    Automatic
    25 jewels

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    Re: Little help from you experts

    Hello and nice watch! It is possible to have the crystal replaced but it may be difficult because of its shape. I would check with a watchmaker to see what they say. Also if the crystal is acrylic or plastic you can simply buff out the scratches. I wouldn't polish the case too much unless it is solid gold or very heavily plated as the coating may rub off. And as with any old watch, you should have it serviced if you intend on using it. Good luck
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    Re: Little help from you experts

    Yes a very nice watch and going by the hands it looks to be from the mid 60's. But as said don't polish the gold plate.

    Buy some Polywatch and polish that crystal but make sure it's clean first. The back is stainless steel so you can polish it if you want but do you really need to?
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    Re: Little help from you experts

    If acrylic crystal doesn't have cracks, it an be buffed to almost-new condition.

    Steps:
    1. grind with 400 - 800 - 1200 abrasive paper (add water) to make plain satin surface
    2. buff it under low-speed felt disc with blue or red buffing paste (keep crystal moistured with water, to avoid overheating)
    3. the same as p.2 with finish green paste.

    WARNING: Try it all on misc random crystals from junk until you get full success.
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    Re: Little help from you experts

    Welcome. I like those chunky 70s watches. I'd guess at an ETA automatic movement inside.

    First of all, german's advice assumes the OP can actually take the watch apart and work on the crystal without damaging the case (etc). Chances of replacing the crystal - speaking as someone who regularly searches out similar - will be very, very difficult. But if one were to take the crystal out, I think that a perfect result could be achieved.

    Case might not be so bad in real life, colour balance is so yellow that it's impossible to judge. But don't try and polish it mechanically, it's almost certainly plated (and yet it might actually be SS, can't tell...and then my advice would be different) and it won't tolerate much of that sort of attention. SS back would be easy to polish (here I am guessing as no pics of back are shown) but SS is typical. Once again, this is something best done when the watch has been dismantled.

    All in all, a certain amount of expertise, experience and finesse are required; unless you've done all this before, I really wouldn't start experimenting now, as it has sentimental value. No idea where you are, but my advice would be to send it to a watchmaker sensitive to vintage watches. Advice available...


    Quote Originally Posted by german View Post
    If acrylic crystal doesn't have cracks, it an be buffed to almost-new condition.

    Steps:
    1. grind with 400 - 800 - 1200 abrasive paper (add water) to make plain satin surface
    2. buff it under low-speed felt disc with blue or red buffing paste (keep crystal moistured with water, to avoid overheating)
    3. the same as p.2 with finish green paste.

    WARNING: Try it all on misc random crystals from junk until you get full success.
    Last edited by Habitant; February 1st, 2015 at 10:20.

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    Re: Little help from you experts

    Hey guys/girls and thanks a lot for you input :)
    I think i'll just take the watch to a watchmaker when i get a chance and let him give it a service and change/polish the things he suggest needs attention :)

    Btw, i'm in Denmark since one of you mentioned where i lived :)

    Have a nice day everyone.

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