Well I've been up to my old tricks again, I've got myself a new vintage Pro daily wearer which needed a bit of Si loving.
The dial was quite badly damaged , someone had tried to remove it from the movement without releasing the dial feet clasps and bent all the edges resulting in flaky paint. No lume left and a few cracks in the paint.
I had to re-flatten the dial and then touched up the dial with modeler's paint. All the lume is missing but......I'm kinda liking the dial without lume its a little bit different. I also re-painted the bezel and tried something new for polishing the outer ring. My main concern with polishing the outer ring is loss of numeral definition so I sneaked it into my work and put it on the diamond paste polishing wheel, it did not get rid of the main scratches but it certainly brings up the surface well.
Sadly the case back is well beyond redemption, its probably the worst I have ever seen The case back 'o' ring was missing so I used an 'o' ring from my head gasket set for my landrover ! and cut it shorter and re-joined it. It fitted perfectly.
The top of the case had already been re-finished but the sides were polished to a high shine so I re-finished them using a green scrubber and copious ammounts of water. The crown that came attached to the movement was tiny and the stem was very short so my Horologist fitted a stem extension and another crown. Its by no means perfect but its functional. If it starts to bother me I will find a chunkier more appropriate one.
The movement was running for a while and then stopping, so I got one of the watchmaker's air cleaners/blowers and gave it a good going over. Its working OK now but its gaining a few minutes a day so I'm going to have a go at regulating it :oops: and the retaining mechanism for the stem needs attention as if you're not careful you can pull it out ! So it will need a full service at some point in the future.
This is the finished article on a black nato. You can see the seconds hand is missing, I have'nt been able to locate one of these yet (if anyone knows where one is ) but it does not bother me to much. The crystal is quite badly scratched and has a few chips but it makes the watch all the more wearable as I don't mind the odd ding or bump.
Finally tonight I put it onto a wachadoo lumpy tonight. I really like the dial without lume but knowing me I will change my mind and get it re-lumed at some point.
I'm very happy with the result as its my first real build from scratch, and as usual my thanks go out to my regular supplier who made it all possible.:thanks
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