My dad has in his possession his granddads old mechanical watch. It's made by Smiths Empire and has a hand-wind 5 jewels movement in it. Does anyone know much about this make? I'm guessing it's a cheap mass-produced thing but I'd still like to get it looking nice again especially as my Dad did wear it whilst decorating.... The watch crystal is plastic I believe and pretty badly scratched so I'd like to try and replace or restore it. The main watch case could do with a damn good clean to remove all the years of gunk and paint it has acquired over the years. Could also do with new spring bars and a nice leather strap. So to my main question is how would I begin? I've never done any jewellery cleaning before so I hoped someone could point me in the right direction on how to go about it?
I'll upload some pictures tomorrow when the sun is back out if anyone wants to see them