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    To franken or not to franken

    I have this watch:


    The watch should look like this:
    http://sfile.f-static.com/image/user...pg?id=11780248
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    http://sfile.f-static.com/image/user...pg?id=11700619

    As you probably noticed, the four gold ornaments are missing. I presume they have been removed by a greedy idiot, but that's not the subject of the thread.

    Today, a pretty capable guy offered to make and attach the gold missing ornaments (using gold).
    I have no doubt he will make perfect copies. Or, at least, next to perfect copies.
    But should I do it?
    What would you recommend me to do?
    Would it be "watchfully" ethical?
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    I think I would get him to do it if you have faith that he could do a good job. I think it would bother me that those spaces exist where the gold bezel markers used to be. If your hesitation is due to fear of damaging the resale value, just think: it's not like the aftermarket pieces couldn't be removed again and you would have the same watch you currently have.
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    Re: To franken or not to franken

    Its your watch, its ethical to do to it what you like. How you portray it when you sell it, though. . . . .
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    Re: To franken or not to franken

    If you trust his work then have it done.
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    Re: To franken or not to franken

    Is he doing this 'gratis' ? if not then what would Breitling charge you? The difference should help you make up your mind but, as stated by 2 people previously, anything other than OE is going to hurt the resale.
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    Re: To franken or not to franken

    In terms of ethics, as long as you're upfront about it in a resale situation, I think you're fine. As a hypothetical buyer, I wouldn't be put off by replacement bezel markers. If it's the same material and looks like the original markers, then I'd feel the same way that I'd feel about restored antiques that required replacement parts. No big deal--although it might affect the value somewhat.

    Ethics aside, might this thread lead into a discussion of Theseus' ship, though? That's a rabbit hole if ever there was one...
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    So... I would add a missing part, the part would not be an actual watch functionality piece (but an ornamental one), the replacing part would be identical in shape and composition with the original, I would spend time and money and... the watch's value would decrease?
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    Re: To franken or not to franken

    Quote Originally Posted by ILW View Post
    So... I would add a missing part, the part would not be an actual watch functionality piece (but an ornamental one), the replacing part would be identical in shape and composition with the original, I would spend time and money and... the watch's value would decrease?
    Precisely.
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    Re: To franken or not to franken

    They also make that part in steel.
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