I'm curious to know what the consensus is when it comes to refreshing a vintage timepiece. I'm a car guy, and I see the trend there moving towards mechanical refreshing while keeping the rest untouched. As the saying goes, "it's only original paint once".
I have a interesting and historically significant watch that I was considering sending to a specialist for a full restoration. Case polish, face cleaning & touch-up, relume, etc.
I've seen some very nice vintage watches (mostly Rolex) that look like new, and the result is that they... look new. To a collector, which would be more appealing?
My current plan is to have the movement serviced, along with polishing the crystal to take out the light scratches. I'm torn on relume. The vintage lume looks nice in the daylight, and definitely old. However, it just doesn't have much glow anymore. Should I have that done? As for the rest, I could always have that done later. But I think the originality has more appeal right now.
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