Hello all - I've just recently become interested in vintage watches, and picked up a pair of watches from eBay, largely because I like the style. While I'm waiting for them to actually arrive, I'm trying to get as much information about cleaning and general care - or whatever my next steps should be - as I can.
The first is what I believe to be a 1940 Bulova Beacon, is in running condition, and set me back about $60:
The second is a Fontain brand watch I know nothing about, and isn't running, but at $14 was too interesting to pass up:
So, where do I go from here? What would you all do? I have no real watch tools (although I have many suited for small electronics work), and no specialty cleaners, but am willing to pick up some.
I'm particularly interested to see if I can clean up the dial on the Fontain, with some understanding that dial cleaning can be particularly hazardous. Is it true that even *touching* the dial by accident can be disastrous? To even start cleaning the dial, will I need to remove the hands, and will that require a special tool? Can I easily find and install a replacement winding knob on my own? Honestly, I really like the way the Fontain looks, but at $14 and non-running (with no winding knob), if I kill it, no huge loss.
The Bulova I want to be more careful with, but would like to polish it up a bit, and use as an everyday watch. Again, it would be nice to have the dial polished up a little as well - but don't want to risk destroying it in this case. It does look more like it might be amenable to polishing, than the Fontain, though...
Anyway, thanks for any help you can give me!