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    Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    Hi all,

    About a week ago I took a punt on a Girard-Perregaux I found at a pawn shop, it came without any papers and I knew nothing about it. I posted photos up in the vintage forums for help with identification and general opinions on my gamble (it was £180). See below:

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    The general feeling was that it was a solid watch but at some point it had been redialled/repainted, and badly at that. The more I studied the dial the more I disliked it. I decided what I'd do to rescue the watch, rather than sell it on, was to take off the dial and convert it into a semi skeleton watch. And the result was:

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    What are all your opinions? I know it's questionable to expose such a pedestrian looking caliber, but is it at least an improvement? Is this a classic WIS newbie move? Is it sacrilege to modify a vintage watch?

    Please write it and let me know your views :)

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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    Sacrilege, nobody does this with a GP, at least I can't think of someone to spoil a GP that way.
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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    Quote Originally Posted by ryanmanyes View Post
    but is it at least an improvement?
    Only just

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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Sacrilege, nobody does this with a GP, at least I can't think of someone to spoil a GP that way.
    You prefer the repainted dial? I still have it and can put it back on quite easily if so. Would it be worth getting GP to replace it with a new dial? Would it cost the earth to do (bear in mind the watch was only £180)?

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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    Quote Originally Posted by ryanmanyes View Post
    You prefer the repainted dial? I still have it and can put it back on quite easily if so. Would it be worth getting GP to replace it with a new dial? Would it cost the earth to do (bear in mind the watch was only £180)?
    They'd probably charge you at least that for the dial - if they could supply.

    It's better as it is without the dial you got it with imho

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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    Quote Originally Posted by watchma View Post
    They'd probably charge you at least that for the dial - if they could supply.

    It's better as it is without the dial you got it with imho
    Thanks for the input :)

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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    Can't hurt to ask GP for a price and possibility though

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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    Well at least it's reversible, but I wouldn't leave it like that. The watch is meant to have a dial. If a skeleton is what you want I'd put the dial back, sell the watch, and buy a proper skeleton. A Sea Gull, for example, for roughly similar money, will look much nicer. Or, have the dial replaced or refinished to a standard that is acceptable to you.

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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    The dial says rambler, its written in arabic. If this helps you to identify the watch.

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    Re: Have I ruined my vintage watch? My attempt to convert to a skeleton

    It is your watch, an old watch, and not a particularly rare or valuable piece, and, as you say, the dial's authenticity has been compromised by the repair-redial job in the past.

    I say do whatever you like with it. Are you going to get big style points for it from members on WUS? I'm not sure. There are some awful stick-in-the-muds here. But we're not talking about PVD'ing a vintage Tiffany-dialled PP or recasing a mint Vanguard into a hideous wristwatch case and engraving "Omega" on the bridges, I say have a bit of fun with it and don't worry too much about the haters.
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