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    Restored Vintages - regencywatches

    Has anyone here seen/bought any of these restored watches from this ebay seller! I'm not much on restored as I like originality better BUT, these look nice in the pictures. Any opinions?? Here's one of thier restored ones.

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    Just had a look at what this seller has in offer. Atrocious redials. I can think of better ways to spend 230 bucks- he seems to sell everything for either 220 or 230. I wouldn't consider buying a single watch out of the ones he sells.
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    I have no intentions of buying one of these, but I thought the redial looked good, thru my eyes anyway. Lol
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    I've seen worse, I think we all did. Whether or not this watch actually had a black dial variant, I don't know, but many "restored" black dials were once of a different (less "desirable") colour- white or silver. The phrase "refinished in black" almost suggests that! A well-concealed euphemism, should you discover that the watch never actually had a black dial, and thus want to return it.
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    Hard to tell, because on my screen the pictures look too dark. Either that or my eyes are taking a "real dump" on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simpletreasures View Post
    Hard to tell, because on my screen the pictures look too dark. Either that or my eyes are taking a "real dump" on me.
    And this may be the reason my 56 yr old eyes think it looks good!
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    Why?​ No photo of the movement? And seller is a watchmaker or has a watchmaker at hand? Mmm. Don't like this at all!

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    I have this model Bulova from 1956. Found it for $6 at a local thrift store. Not it as good condition, buts runs & keeps excellent time. Needs a new crystal & service, But original Black dial. Here are some photos:Name:  bulo-3.jpg
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    Interesting piece- since it's an original dial, this proves that such a variant has existed. The good question is, whether or not is it a variant worth faking. Rediallers quite often turn watches into more "desirable" versions, as I've said, and black dials weren't exactly a popular thing in the 1950s. So a redial like the one in the original post will always raise my suspicions.
    As to your watch, Akkorn... The case is what's really interesting- dates to 1956, the inscription "GERMANY US ZONE" would suggest that the case was made in the American sector of West Berlin. At least that's one place where it would have been signed as such, I guess that a watch made in West Germany would have been signed W. Germany or just Germany (not much experience with German watches- but these two ways of signing West German products I've seen on LPs that I have). So it's a Swiss movement in a German case, imported into the US.
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    That is original for sure akkorn. I've seen a lot of black redialed watches. I haven't seen any textured or sunburst style watches redialed. Most of those I've seen are original. Most of the black redials Ive seen are smooth dials. I guess because these would be easier to paint than trying to fill in a textured dial. I like the vintage look and the redials are fairly easy to spot as most look brand new until you open the caseback. That is usually where these type sellers stop at resoration.
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