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    Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    Hello this is my first post so here goes....

    Recently I aquired this 'Delvina' wristwatch infact i'm awaiting delivery of it... It was a cheap ebay purchase so I have no idea if it's any good, I just liked look of it !
    My plan is to restore it as best as I can, it will be my first watch restoration so would love some recomendations on how and where to start.

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    I like the (retro) case and would like to be able to restore the brushing effect on the top of the case but dont know how so would love some feedback or advice....
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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    Nice watch from the late sixties or early seventies with just a small amount of wear and tear. I would just give it a good clean and nothing more. Probably a decent generic movement (ETA, Adolf Schild) inside.

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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    The shiny surfaces can be easily re-polished. The rest would be beyond my expertise... others may have suggestions but I suspect you may grow to like it with little else done (beyond a movement service!).
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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    I agree, the smooth surfaces can be polished if care is taken and the right tools are used.

    The starburst finish on the case front requires complete removal of the movement and crystal and specialist lathe/grinding attachments and is best left to the professional restorer.

    The crystal should come up nicely with some Brasso or Polywatch.

    The only "restoration" I would do is to get the movement serviced.

    It's a nice little watch, reminds me of one of my Omegas.

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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by JimInOz View Post
    I agree, the smooth surfaces can be polished if care is taken and the right tools are used.

    The starburst finish on the case front requires complete removal of the movement and crystal and specialist lathe/grinding attachments and is best left to the professional restorer.

    The crystal should come up nicely with some Brasso or Polywatch.

    The only "restoration" I would do is to get the movement serviced.

    It's a nice little watch, reminds me of one of my Omegas.
    Thanks for your reply, I didn't realise that the grain effect was called 'starbust' but I can see why. Having had a look on google the case is kind of similar to an 'Omega Memomatic'.
    I would be really interested to know how the 'starburst' effect is actually created, if anyone can throw any light on the subject :0

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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    Have spent some time searching for brushing / graining effects and have found that the 'starburst' effect seems to be commonly known as 'sunray brushing'. It appears to be achieved by using a rotating abrasive brush then rotating the work piece (case) not sure what the machine is called but i have found a photo of the process :-

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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    Good find on that photo. I had a Gallet MultiChron world timer watch restored by Chronodeco earlier this year. He changed the face of the case from high polish to that starburst finish, while keeping the sides shiny. I didn't ask him exactly how he did it, although I've seen it done with fine-grade sandpaper applied to a thin metal bar (think popscicle stick), and expertly 'scratching' the stainless surface. That is beyond my skill ability, but in theory it can be done by anyone with the desire and a handful of watches they are willing to scrap to practice on!
    Here's my Gallet, just becasue it's been a while since I posted a photo of it.



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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by DragonDan View Post
    Good find on that photo. I had a Gallet MultiChron world timer watch restored by Chronodeco earlier this year. He changed the face of the case from high polish to that starburst finish, while keeping the sides shiny. I didn't ask him exactly how he did it, although I've seen it done with fine-grade sandpaper applied to a thin metal bar (think popscicle stick), and expertly 'scratching' the stainless surface. That is beyond my skill ability, but in theory it can be done by anyone with the desire and a handful of watches they are willing to scrap to practice on!
    Here's my Gallet, just becasue it's been a while since I posted a photo of it.
    Very nice indeed and good work Chronodeco! :) I like your choice of bracelet, infact I have spent a fair amount of time this afternoon looking at different straps / bracelets that I feel may suit my 'Delvina' watch.
    The bracelet you have is very similar to one which I was considering on eBay, it was called 'Shark Mesh' however it was pretty expensive at £49 / $78 (a fair bit more than the watch cost)!
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my watch will arrive tomorrow :) then I can post some decent photos and start the restoration :)
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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    The technical term for the bracelet is "milanaise". At 50 quid, it is not that much more expensive than other decent SS bracelets - and quite a bit more elaborate! You should see the lofty heights that aftermarket haute horlogerie watch brands (Zenith, Omega, JLC...) bracelets soar to.....!!

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    Re: Vintage 'Delvina' wristwatch - noob advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    The technical term for the bracelet is "Milanese". At 50 quid, it is not that much more expensive than other decent SS bracelets - and quite a bit more elaborate! You should see the lofty heights that aftermarket haute horlogerie watch brands (Zenith, Omega, JLC...) bracelets soar to.....!!

    Hartmut Richter
    Hi Hartmut, Thanks for the info I didn't know the name for these bracelets, I agree the "milanaise" style bracelets do seem complicated and elaborate, almost like a woven mesh and they also seem pretty retro which I guess would be in keeping with my 'Delvina'. 70's all the way . As for the price I owned a Rolex Sea Dweller which I loved to bits (until my divorce grrrrr.... & ) the prices to replace that bracelet where staggering!
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