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!