Please help to decide on "original" colour of dial for a rare Favre Leuba Chronometer

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    Please help to decide on "original" colour of dial for a rare Favre Leuba Chronometer

    Dear all,

    a couple of years ago now, I bought this rare Favre-Leuba Chronometer:




    Look at the nice and crisp case:



    It contains a FL 103, which was an inhouse-movement to all I know:



    The problem is: The dial has obviously been repainted, and the hands have been replaced. Now I have decided to bring it back into original condition (or rather as close as possible). I have spent a whole lot of time on research, but not really found a lot. This picture is from a sales description (I have "taken" it, hopefully the original owner accepts this in the good cause of horology). In the sales description the watch was offered including documents, so I do assume it is authentic.



    A suitable set of hands I have already, from a FL with the hand-wound version of that movement. Now I want the dial repainted. The question is: To what colour?

    - Black (like now) looks nice, but is likely not original, this is a late 50ies watch.
    - On the picture to me it appears (off-)white
    - Got into contact with a dial-specialist in Germany (Causemann), and they think it is "silver plated and polished"
    - some other guys on a Swiss forum also think it is "silver"

    What should I do now? Insist on a white paint, or accept the "silver plated" version? I am sure that will also look good, but silver markers, silver hands on a silver dial, and silver minute markers - there is not much of a contrast, and it doesn't look like that (to me)

    The only further references of FL Chronometers I found (all pictures "grabbed", I can provide the sources if required):

    (Same model, worse condition, different font type, but at least the hands are the same)


    (Likely earlier version, manual wind with small second)


    (golden, this one does indeed look like a silver dial)


    (also golden, but again a "white" dial?)


    So what do You think - white or "silver"? I am really eager to read You opinions!

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    Re: Please help to decide on "original" colour of dial for a rare Favre Leuba Chronometer

    Are you sure that the dial has been repainted?

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    Re: Please help to decide on "original" colour of dial for a rare Favre Leuba Chronometer

    Yes! It is a a rather good job, but it becomes quite obvious when looking closely. For one thing the surface is not smooth, but where it is really obvious are some of the minute-markers:

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