Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

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    Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    I've been looking for vintage gold watches and I've had a hard time finding one that I like. I was wondering if it's possible to change the look of the dial if I were to say, remove gold numbers and replace them with black markers or something. This would make watch shopping a heck of alot easier.

    thanks guys!

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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    Anything is possible given enough money and time. But why? What are you looking for? "vintage gold watches" covers a lot of territory in the last 100 years of wristwatch manufacturing!!
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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by M.Malone View Post
    I've been looking for vintage gold watches and I've had a hard time finding one that I like. I was wondering if it's possible to change the look of the dial if I were to say, remove gold numbers and replace them with black markers or something. This would make watch shopping a heck of alot easier.

    thanks guys!
    Everything is possible (but costly).

    Don´t change the "face" of any watch, will always cause a loss of value.

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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    Well, I'm trying to be fairly picky here. I need it to be solid gold (no gold-plate or gold fill), 14k or higher, white dial, and a fairly plain looking dial as well. The less gold on the dial, the better. I am also looking in the sub-$200 level, so options are pretty bleek to find a decent one. And I am not concerned about decreasing the value of an already fairly cheap watch.

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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by M.Malone View Post
    Well, I'm trying to be fairly picky here. I need it to be solid gold (no gold-plate or gold fill), 14k or higher, white dial, and a fairly plain looking dial as well. The less gold on the dial, the better. I am also looking in the sub-$200 level, so options are pretty bleek to find a decent one. And I am not concerned about decreasing the value of an already fairly cheap watch.
    I believe watches which are solid gold cases in the sub $200 level are all vintage ladies watches... even then it's a small set of choices.

    You won't find anything new or gents that fits your criteria.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    In the sub-$200 level ? You are not kidding

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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by M.Malone View Post
    Well, I'm trying to be fairly picky here. I need it to be solid gold (no gold-plate or gold fill), 14k or higher, white dial, and a fairly plain looking dial as well. The less gold on the dial, the better. I am also looking in the sub-$200 level, so options are pretty bleek to find a decent one. And I am not concerned about decreasing the value of an already fairly cheap watch.
    Erm, well $200 isn't much for a solid gold watch, considering the price of gold... $886/oz => 14k gold is worth $516/oz.

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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    Its not impossible, but with a caveat....if 9ct would be acceptable (most common in UK....harder wearing that 14/18ct) Garrard a famous retailer had thier own brand and was a popular choice for presentation watches for long service, a few lesser known brands also did gold watches also for gift/presentation and although used good movements thier resale value was no more that the scrap gold price, it wouldnt harm to re-dial these, a few examples:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/9ct-Gold-New-G...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GARRARD-GENTS-...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-Tissot...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-1954-s...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-Marvin...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-9ct-GO...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/solid-gold-gar...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEAR-MINT-COND...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by aliasrichmond View Post
    Its not impossible, but with a caveat....if 9ct would be acceptable (most common in UK....harder wearing that 14/18ct) Garrard a famous retailer had thier own brand and was a popular choice for presentation watches for long service, a few lesser known brands also did gold watches also for gift/presentation and although used good movements thier resale value was no more that the scrap gold price, it wouldnt harm to re-dial these, a few examples:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/9ct-Gold-New-G...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GARRARD-GENTS-...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-Tissot...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-1954-s...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-Marvin...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-9ct-GO...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/solid-gold-gar...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEAR-MINT-COND...QQcmdZViewItem
    Well, I'm allergic to nickel (and possibly other metals at this point). So unless you can convince me that 9ct yellow gold is failry hypoallergenic, I will not purchase anything less than 12ct. :)

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    Re: Is it possible to edit dials on vintage watches?

    Yes thats a problem......but many have a stainless steel back, is SS a problem also?

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