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    ^ Please bombard us with tonnes of pictures once you get it!
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    Haha .. will do my best, Commanche!
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    Along with the B dial vintage Fliegers showing the colour difference in dial / hands , here's an A dial vintage Flieger with similar colouring. ( for your perusal. ) Last one - I promise.
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    ^ ... very interesting B.

    I wonder what explains the dramatic color difference between dial and hands. Would you (or others) guess that this is due to a service change somewhere along the line, a difference in aging between dial and hands, or simply the original look and intent of the watch?
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    Well, the original lume color of these true vintage watches was white, wasn't it? So the different color variations due to layer depths of the luminous mass probably came over time as the patina developed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM View Post
    ^ ... very interesting B.

    I wonder what explains the dramatic color difference between dial and hands. Would you (or others) guess that this is due to a service change somewhere along the line, a difference in aging between dial and hands, or simply the original look and intent of the watch?
    That's the real puzzle to me also.
    In my searching I've seen multiple shades of colouring on vintage Fliegers. Whether that is due to the aging (I doubt that) or perhaps the hands treatment was enhanced to ensure a brighter read in a dark cockpit. The 4 companies that had the contracts probably sourced the hands & dials from multiple suppliers due to enormous quantities needed in a short period of time. This could account for colour variation I suppose. I hope someone will enlighten us on this. Whatever the reason, I am delighted that we are getting that same relative vintage appearance with the 90th anniv. LE Fliegers.
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    Hmm. I just realised the chrono tachymter is 43mm... hmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinzan View Post
    Well, the original lume color of these true vintage watches was white, wasn't it? So the different color variations due to layer depths of the luminous mass probably came over time as the patina developed.
    Could it be that the dials markers were non luminous white paint & only the hands were painted with radium lume? If you were to consider the time element & quantities & expense involved at wartime, then this scenerio would at least be plausible.
    As we can see with the 90th anniv. LE Fliegers, the lume is more yellowish in colour (more in line with the hands colour on the vintage.)
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    edit: I have also seen photos where the dial markers are yellowish lume, so there may be some kind of random selection or change in production involved with how the company's products were manufactured. Perhaps different branches of the Luftwaffe had different production requirements.
    Darkening of the colours of the paint with age is likely to a degree but would not account for the 2 different colours I believe.
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    Apart from the (interesting) question of how very old vintage Fliegers got to look the way they do is the question of whether Jorg's original intent was to have the dial and hand colors match. As we know, it is an imperfect world and manufacturing processes can yield unpredictable results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM View Post
    Apart from the (interesting) question of how very old vintage Fliegers got to look the way they do is the question of whether Jorg's original intent was to have the dial and hand colors match. As we know, it is an imperfect world and manufacturing processes can yield unpredictable results.
    It's also entirely conceivable that "an imperfect world" & "unpredictable results" stretched all the way back to WW2. IT DOESN'T MATTER!!! >>> We're getting a vintage signature NOW to honour the past - whether by design or not. . I can't speak for anyone else but I just got lucky. Be well people!
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