I recently purchased this old Mido Powerwind. I really expected to have the movement worked on but amazingly, it runs great. Still, I have it in my "que" of watches needing movement work. My question is what to do with the dial, if anything. When I got the watch, the crystal was a mess so I had it replaced. The dial, overall is in pretty good shape. It appears to be silvertoned (bare metal?) with a lacquer coating. The coating is yellowing and cracking. Those are the cracks you see in the image as the crystal is new and clear. My questions to anyone that knows, are these:
1. Can a dial be strip of a clearcoat and re-clearcoated without completely stripping the dial?
2. The barnails are pretty faded. Is that something that can be effectively address separate from a completely refinishing the dial?
My general feeling is to leave it as is if the only way to address these issues is completely redoing the dial. I'm not really concerned about resale value becasue 1) I don't intend to resell the watch and 2) Its not exactly a classic. Another thing I've consedered is looking for parts watches or dials I could use as a replacement. Haven't seen too many though.