Recently I have found myself obsessed with old trench watches. I have always been fascinated by watch movements or any other sort of kinematic mechanisim, but until now never bought a watch that required manual winding. Being a pilot who is also fscinated with WW1 aviation I stumbled upon all the various trench watches online. My goal was to just buy a pretty rough Elgin trench watch that was not running and then dissasemble it to learn how it works without the fear of ruining something that was worth fixing. However what I ended up with was a somewhat nice Depollier Tiffany watch so I figure I may want to have it done elsewhere. It is only Gold plated so probably not worth much, but hopefully more than the $75 I paid for it. If not, I dont care as I still like it. Anyhow, my question is, is there a book I can buy that will give me some information on how restorations are done. I am design engineer with a fair amount of skills working in robotics and motion design so i know I can do it, so long as I dont attempt it blind. Or should I just pay to have this one worked on and try and find something a little less nice as my first attempt. There is a good watch store near me that specializes in old mechanical watches.
Also since the old radium lumination still on the dials looks to be in good shape, should I just leave it as is rather then have it removed and re lumed? I dont care if it is lumed or not and am leaning toward the look of the old.
Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated,