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  1. ATWG

    ATWG Feb 11, 2017

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    My 1039 bracelet which belongs to my '68 tranny needed bit of TLC. So, I finally had time last week to drop it off at my local watchmaker to get one of the springs fixed as well as a little cleaning.

    Well, I'll let the pictures do the talking, I was extremely thrilled with the results to say the least.
     
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  2. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Feb 11, 2017

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    Beautifully done!
     
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  3. JohnSteed

    JohnSteed Feb 11, 2017

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    Well done!! What does it look like on the watch? :whistling:
     
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  4. harrymai86

    harrymai86 Feb 12, 2017

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    Beautiful. How long does it take for the cleaning?
     
  5. sirish19

    sirish19 Feb 12, 2017

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    Wow!
     
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  6. nixf6

    nixf6 Feb 12, 2017

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    Great job.What did that cost you?
     
  7. SpeedyPhill

    SpeedyPhill asked ages ago but no longer interested Feb 12, 2017

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    Did this bracelet go into some liquid chemical bath ? ::confused2::
     
  8. brunik

    brunik Feb 12, 2017

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    Great job... there is great professionals out there!
     
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  9. ATWG

    ATWG Feb 12, 2017

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    Thank you, took about a week. I also had him do 3 other bracelets which came out just as nice. Here is my 78360.

    Runs about $35-70 per bracelet depending on the amount of work required.

    Yes, he puts it in a jewelry cleaning solution to get all the grease out of the clasp and in between the links, then he polishes. Here is a shot of the 78360 clasp, looks brand new.

    Thank you, haven't installed it yet, will do later today and provide pictures.

    Indeed, but as we all know, it's a dying breed.
     
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  10. brunik

    brunik Feb 12, 2017

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    In Spain we have a great company as well...

    Before

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    After

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    Amazing work...
     
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  11. brunik

    brunik Feb 12, 2017

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    This one is a extendable 7206 that is in my 7928
     
  12. jaguar11

    jaguar11 Feb 12, 2017

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    Outstanding!!!!!!!
     
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  13. marturx

    marturx Feb 12, 2017

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    What a mess....
     
  14. td69

    td69 Feb 12, 2017

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    Just wow!
     
  15. bgrisso

    bgrisso Feb 12, 2017

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    In case it's not obvious in the first post, by cleaning you mean polishing. You will probably get a range of opinions.
     
  16. ATWG

    ATWG Feb 12, 2017

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    Indeed, it was polished to it's original condition.
     
  17. ATWG

    ATWG Feb 12, 2017

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    Here it is on my '68.
     
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  18. harrymai86

    harrymai86 Feb 12, 2017

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    I wonder what everyone think about polishing the bracelet. IMO that looks amazing.
     
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  19. M'Bob

    M'Bob Feb 13, 2017

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    Ahhh...now it gets interesting.

    1) Never polish, particularly if the wear is similar to, and original to the watch it came on.

    2) Clean/polish only to the point of wear similar to the watch itself.

    3) Spiff it as much as possible, regardless of the watch head condition...like the way a great pair of shoes brings up a shabby shirt and pants.
     
  20. ATWG

    ATWG Feb 13, 2017

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    precisely, I went through with the project to match the bracelet to the overall condition of the watch itself. For me, it was a no-brainer.