An Oceanus dial when lit up right looks like the inside of a shell.
"When the shadow of the sash appeared in the curtains it was between seven and eight o'clock and then I was in time again, hearing the watch. It was Grandfather's and when Father gave it to me he said I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire.... I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it."
--William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)
And now for something different...Pt.1
Been fighting an urge since finding my pawnshop Oceanus, and since only my feelings will be hurt if this doesn't work, I decided to give it a go.
Originally coated black in what I assume is ion-plating, the finish was in pretty rough shape. There is a backplate shot earlier in this thread.
Disassembly...btw I lost one of the rubber o-rings and was very relieved to find one in a junked GA110 to be identical. Sure saved me a hassle, but probably more common parts than we realize in these things
And just because your watch looks clean...
Naked and vulnerable...plus nice to see some original glossy finish under what was hidden by the backplate.
Little bit of masking to protect the crystal, and into the dark it goes. Rock tumblers remove finish on metal very well and I've used this same load of rocks and grit for several projects.
To protect the crystal and the original glossy underside of the case, both were masked and checked at about the 1 and 6hr mark. Both were good then but unfortunately in the morning the rear tape had fallen off. Maaaaybe not the correct tape, but have used it without failure previously. Oh well To the sapphire's credit there was no damage, but the fine slurry got around the city ring and caused some issue but I hope to clean that up properly in the future with some advice from members.
There was nearly no wear on the buttons, so keeping them black will add a bit of contrast to what I hope will be a dull, matte, titanium finish with slight traces of black in tight areas.
Not sure if everything put in (case, backplate and strap) is titanium so prepared for different finishes. Not going for perfection, but fingers are crossed for good results.
Hopefully I'm not judged too harshly for putting an Oshi in a bucket of mud and rocks Stay tuned...
I think you're on the right track FarmeR57, that's some of the most worn black IP I've ever seen. You could also try some fine sandpaper or a dremel to remove any remaining black. Titanium brushes/polishes nicely. I think it'll look cool with the black buttons too.
Last edited by Mitch100; August 9th, 2018 at 17:07.
I like that black variant mitch. If I were to pick one up it would be that, although I do like the one with the blue bezel too...
Very nice Mitch and thanks for the factory fresh 'before' picture
After about 20 hrs or so of tumbling the results are in==> pt. 2
This is the backplate right after being rinsed. The black coating remained in the engraved lettering for a nice effect.
Reassembled after an oil rub. Didn't notice initially, but the backplate screws are coated black as well. Knowing that getting rid of the black completely would be next to impossible, I am quite happy with the finish, looking for a more faded effect than perfectly uniform. Some scratches on the case/bezel were too deep to be covered. Took pics under various lighting to give better idea of coloring.
Starting to try some alternate straps. Modded a resin band to fit and don't mind the results. Also going to try a black or grey 2-piece nato.
So overall, I am pleased with the outcome, but there is some residue left trapped between outside edge of crystal and the case. Anyone with advice on chances of removing the crystal to tidy that up?