To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

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    To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    Hello all;
    I have a recent purchase of a 1940's Bulova 2 Register Chrono, Bulova case, Valjoux 23 movement. My issue/question is the dial. Everything I've seen points to a white dial color initially. This one has faded to a tan, with some additional fading around the numerals, perhaps due to the lume(?) The watch needs a servicing, and a cleaning would be par for the course. Should I refinish the dial? It's a decent fade, but uneven, and a fresh dial would make the piece pop a bit more. If I were to refresh the dial, any thought on where? It's not complicated, as far as dials go, but I would like it as close to period correct as possible. Thought?

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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    It may "POP" with a re-dial, but it will lose value to any serious collector if you decide to sell it. If you plan on keeping it forever, do what suites you.

    Personally I like the original, gives it character.
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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    I like the dial, I'm not keen on the hands though.

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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    Short of a donor watch with an original good-condition dial, I'd suggest leaving it. You might look into somebody to redo the lume with a "vintage" look lume, which would even things out if it bugs you. I've used Everest Watch Works, with good success if you are patient.
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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    I think that the dial looks really great- the tan patina gives it the beautiful vintage looks. The only thing that ruins it is the new lume on the hands- as DragonDan suggested, you might want to have the lume on hands replaced with new lume imitating the effect of aging. Just don't touch the lume on the numerals! It's good as it is.
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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    I like that dial.

    I have always been disappointed with the redials I have had done - with one exception.

    YMMV

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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    Quote Originally Posted by tayloreuph View Post
    . . . . Should I refinish the dial? . . . . .
    No.

    Procure a suitable dial blank and have it printed to your specification.

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    . . . . It's not complicated, as far as dials go, . . . .
    Multitrack dials, particularly those with many fine divisions are difficult to reproduce with conventional pad printing processes.

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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    In the words of every radio announcer ever - "don't touch that dial!"

    Definitely get the hands sorted though, either with vintage look lume or no lume at all. I wouldn't touch the dial lume either. This is a vintage watch, wear it for its history and character. If you need a watch that you can see in the dark, buy a digital alarm clock!

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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    Hi there,

    differing from most I don't like the dial, but nevertheless would not refinish it.

    If it drives tears into your eyes, follow pithy's advice, have a new dial made, and store the original. Instead of making a blank you'll easily find a Landeron dial with the right diameter.

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    Re: To redial or not to redial, that is the question... Please Advise

    Joe (OP) hasn't chimed in lately, but the general consensus seems to be "Leave that dial alone" or as Thinkfloyd said "don't touch that dial!".
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