First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?
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    First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?

    I recently purchased this Tiffany watch and am wondering what the next steps should be. I purchased it to wear, not to sell. The movement is Movado Cal.470, 17 jewels. When taking this to be serviced, should I go to Tiffany, Movado, or to a reputable watch maker? Also, I should not have any retouching done on the dial to the calendar days that have rubbed off, correct. The one hand is missing the center panel, is that something I should be having replaced. Just trying to avoid any missteps here. Thank you in advance for your help!

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    Re: First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?

    Any good watchmaker and very soon.
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    Re: First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Any good watchmaker and very soon.
    Agreed. Personally, I'd get the hands relumed but, other than that, I would leave it alone. The vintage look is beautiful.
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    Re: First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?

    Thanks to both of you for the advice, it's appreciated!

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    Re: First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?

    Absolutely, just find a local watch maker and get it serviced.

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    Re: First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?

    A good pro locally should be more than capable of servicing it for you.
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    I agree with the others about finding a good pro. However, don't assume he/she will automatically know what you want done (and maybe more importantly, NOT done). For example, I'm not sure I'd do anything cosmetic. No polishing, no retouching the dial, no new lume on the hands. So, if it was me, I'd make sure the watchmaker knew that.

    I have a local watchmaker that works on Seikos for me. I found a nice old chronograph that was in great shape, but had obviously been worn. I wanted the crystal replaced, but that was it. Otherwise, just a cleaning. When I went to pick it up, he was at the polishing wheel, "making it look new". I stopped him but (to me) the damage had been done. The case had lost most of it's brushed finish and was getting a polished look, which was totally wrong for the watch. I didn't complain since I never told him NOT to polish it, and that was something he did for everyone. And most people like that. So now he knows to not polish my watches.

    So, wherever you go for service, tell them exactly what you do and do not want done.

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    Re: First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?

    Quote Originally Posted by rfortson View Post
    I agree with the others about finding a good pro. However, don't assume he/she will automatically know what you want done (and maybe more importantly, NOT done). For example, I'm not sure I'd do anything cosmetic. No polishing, no retouching the dial, no new lume on the hands. So, if it was me, I'd make sure the watchmaker knew that.

    I have a local watchmaker that works on Seikos for me. I found a nice old chronograph that was in great shape, but had obviously been worn. I wanted the crystal replaced, but that was it. Otherwise, just a cleaning. When I went to pick it up, he was at the polishing wheel, "making it look new". I stopped him but (to me) the damage had been done. The case had lost most of it's brushed finish and was getting a polished look, which was totally wrong for the watch. I didn't complain since I never told him NOT to polish it, and that was something he did for everyone. And most people like that. So now he knows to not polish my watches.

    So, wherever you go for service, tell them exactly what you do and do not want done.
    Thank you for this, very useful! I might get the new lume on the hands, but I'll be sure to be clear with them.

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    Re: First Steps with Vintage Tiffany Calendar Watch for a newbie?

    I would strongly advise against getting new lume on the hands. In my opinion, you will then have a watch with an aged, antique look that would have new, glowing hands that would be entirely out of place with the rest of the piece.

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