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    Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    For the last couple of days I've been wearing all the variants of this watch; first the Tungsten cased Diastar 515, then the stainless NCC 505 and finally today the gp NCC 505.This is what I started with:







    It was pretty badly scratched and dinged front and back, but it came with the extraordinarily rare gp fishtail with every link signed. 7000 of the ref 11943/ 625.3037.2 were built between 1970 and 1978. Since mine carries the five digit reference number it would have been built pre-1973.





    The watch pulled apart showing the New Conception Construction (NCC, geddit?). To the best of my knowledge this is the first waterproof watch with the back attached by screws, now a common practice. The second photo shows the rubber gasket which made up the second part of the NCC. This one is in pretty good shape with only one small tear.





    The case cleaned, lightly sanded with old 1500 grit sandpaper and then polished. While the watch was apart I cleaned the chapter ring with lemon juice and sea salt. The discoloration on the dial could not be cleanded off. The hands were given a light cleaning. I polish them on a piece of bond paper.



    The caseback and inside of the fishtail cleaned and lightly sanded.



    Test fitted,the bracelet has been cleaned, but not yet rebrushed.







    Complete, including the rebrushing of the fishtail bracelet. There is no loss of plating and no real loss of edge definition; the gp versions tend to be a bit rounded at the best of times.

    Thanks for looking.
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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    Nice! You do good work!

    I'm curious; what's the case size on these and what year are they from?
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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    Quote Originally Posted by ColinW View Post
    Nice! You do good work!

    I'm curious; what's the case size on these and what year are they from?
    Thank you. It is the smallest of the NCC line. It measures 35 mm X 39mm. It wears big though, especially on the fishtail. Rado made the NCC from 1970 until 1978. Mine would have been made prior to 1973.

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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    It is a nice watch and all the better if one can do work on one's watches. The bezel on mine could do with some work, but I would need the equipment (it is a bit scratched though it doesn't really show except when magnified so it might not need anything done). By the way my watch is not a Rado.

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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    I don't have a lot of tolls or equipment. I do everything by hand. I started out experimenting on really cheap ebay finds and worked up from there.

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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    Nice looking work Henry.

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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    Very nice restore. That is a great looking retro watch!
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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    Very nice restore. That is a great looking retro watch!
    Thanks Nokie. Here are the other two versions of it that I own.



    Stainless steel pre 1973 version. This one is on a fishtail bracelet too, but it is the more common "lightweight" version which is signed on the clasp only. I did a light case and bracelet re-finish on this one too, but it required a lot less work than the gp one.






    Tungsten carbide cased Diastar 515, made between 1972 and 1978. This one is on an NSA stepped three row bracelet. In one link it goes from 22mm to 18mm. I believe the Heuer guys call this a Silverstone when it is Heuer signed.

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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    i dig this. u gotta do more posts like this henry k!


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    Re: Wearing an old project watch today (pic heavy).

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeylacroix View Post
    i dig this. u gotta do more posts like this henry k!
    Sure, I can do that. I often remember to document refurbishing projects.

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