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    Lightbulb California "vintagizing" watch project

    I've got inspired by similar project that I've noticed here in WUS ->
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/vin...ix-359958.html
    So I decided to do my own, except maybe less brutalising work

    It started out as brand new Parnis homage to PAM california...

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    First I brought a watch to watchmaker to disassemble it in pieces not to damage internals during vandalizing work. Next step was applying a lot of sandpaper work to case (different grades of sandpaper).

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    Time to apply red'ish base paint to add some rusty feel.

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    In the meantime started to work on dial and hands.
    That's how it looked before action.

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    Time for some cooking.

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    Carefully tried not to overcook. Ended up exactly as I wanted - nice brown'ish tan, ala vintage 'tritium'. It was more difficult with the hands - for some reason those didn't 'age' so well, so I had to put them in open fire - that worked fine

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    Then again some work with sandpaper on case, crystal and strap - now watch was ready for assembling.
    So after many hours of work it ended up like this ->

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    Some wristshots.

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    I have to say that it was quite educating journey and I'm quite happy with a result.
    Hope you find it interesting

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    That's all Folks!
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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    Very cool. I love projects this and the acid test with this one is that it looks so good on your wrist.
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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    Quote Originally Posted by whatmeworry View Post
    Very cool. I love projects this and the acid test with this one is that it looks so good on your wrist.
    Thanks!
    I'm also considering to try it with a different strap - I suspect current one attracts too much attention (instead of watch).
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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    Now this I like! Would like to do something like that...

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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    Looks pretty good, but I'd be paranoid about the paint rubbing off on to my clothes.
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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    Holy cow! looks great. You have quite a talent there. Great job. You should take on work for others. I'm pretty sure other people would like that done to some of their watches.

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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    Quote Originally Posted by AaaVee View Post
    Thanks!
    I'm also considering to try it with a different strap - I suspect current one attracts too much attention (instead of watch).
    No no no. That strap looks really good with the vintage watch, it's a whole package deal! Could you please post a link to the thread that inspired you to take on this project?

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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    Quote Originally Posted by Conky View Post
    Could you please post a link to the thread that inspired you to take on this project?
    Click here -> https://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/vin...ix-359958.html

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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    It looks great, there is a guy who does that to Gibson guitars and makes a fortune.

    I just don't get the paint?

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    Re: California "vintagizing" watch project

    Quote Originally Posted by Raza View Post
    Looks pretty good, but I'd be paranoid about the paint rubbing off on to my clothes.
    No any paint is rubbing off - it's in stable state.

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