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    Question about dial damage

    I purchased this 14k white gold and diamond watch at an estate sale and am interested in reselling it. The dial is obviously damaged however the watch runs perfectly. Can you give me advice on repairing the dial or whether it would even be worth the effort? is there some method of repairing it. or would looking for a matching dial for outright replacement be the way to go? Your advice is appreciated.

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    Re: Question about dial damage

    Vintage ladies' watches are usually only worth the scrap value of the materials (in this case, the white gold and diamonds). Having it redialed wouldn't really hurt the value much, although by doing so you'd be risking the possibility of the redial turning out rather ghastly, which would make it look not particularly attractive. That said, I'd say that if you intend to do something about the dial anyway, first try to look for a replacement- redial it only when you're out of options in terms of finding a replacement.
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    There are watch restoration specialists who can completely repaint/refinish the dial, which would be your most likely option if you really want to invest in this watch. However, this would probably not be a good financial decision since the collectible market for ladies watches is weak except for luxury brands. Your best bet would be to either sell it for scrap or just put it on eBay as is.
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    Re: Question about dial damage

    I don't think the repaint of the dial could increase the value of the watch because of the value of the old cocktail watch is the value of the materials

    Great movement.

    gift that to you lady

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    One more and you can make some cufflinks.

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    "gift that to you lady"

    My lady has enough watches already. You did give me an idea though. I might gift it to my mother in law and include her in the eBay auction of the watch. International bidders only.

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    Re: Question about dial damage

    Tend to agree with previous posts.
    Restoring the dial would be costly, and a possible sale may not cover the expense.
    You can try to find a replacement dial, or sell it as it is. If you not in a hurry, just keep it and you may find a dial at a great price some day.
    Agree it is a great looking movement.

    On the mother in law thing, I would offer free shipping as well.
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    Re: Question about dial damage

    This watch will sell, as is, at scrap metal value. The watch will sell, with a new dial, at scrap metal value. So, if prices for gold move up further, the wating for a new dial might be worth it. But in this case, don't bother putting it in, the watch will sell at scrap metal value, with the old dial or the new dial.

    Sorry to say this, ladies watches - unless an upper luxury brand or verifiably worn by Grace Kelly or alike - are in extremely low demand amongst collectors.

    If you want to make it a gift, that's a totally different thing, but then, also consider giving it a service. The movement looks very good, nice lever escapement, 17 jewels - but a ladies' watch...

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    No need to be sorry, i purchased the watch well bellow scrap value. I appreciate the advice you guys have given me. Just one more question for you guys. Would it be fairly simple to swap the entire movement if I found one with intact dial? At this point I'm considering giving the watch as a gift to my niece when she graduates from law school.

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    Re: Question about dial damage

    Quote Originally Posted by JFranca View Post
    No need to be sorry, i purchased the watch well bellow scrap value. I appreciate the advice you guys have given me. Just one more question for you guys. Would it be fairly simple to swap the entire movement if I found one with intact dial? At this point I'm considering giving the watch as a gift to my niece when she graduates from law school.
    I you find a movement with an intact dial, why not.

    In this case I would check if that movement is as good as the one you have or perhaps even better, than just swap everything.

    If the movement is not in such good shape, I would keep the old one and swap the dial. In this case, you should know how to detach it from the movement. You also have to take the hands off and back on again. Not a difficult task, but you should have some experience and the right tools, although some 'restorers' do that with screwdrivers and tweezers.

    In the end, if you want to make a sensible gift, give the watch a service, what's the use of having an unreliable watch? The modern lady of today usually prefer something much bigger, so that's more a piece of jewelry, perhaps for an evening dinner (I would, with some distance, go around the corner with it and get the money for the gold).
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