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  1. aap Nov 9, 2015

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    Saw this Polerouter on Instagram. I was wondering if this is how the dial really is supposed to look like or are the spots blemishes? Thanks!

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  2. HeuerLoon Nov 9, 2015

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    The dial should be plain black. The dial pictured has suffered from degradation or depending on how you want to look at it, become tropical.
     
  3. abrod520 Nov 9, 2015

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    That's usually a sign that the watch spent a good amount of time in the sun I think. Dials didn't leave the factory with spotting like that in the '60s/70s
     
  4. aap Nov 9, 2015

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    Thanks for the info! I see some posts saying this is really the design. I had a feeling that wasn't right.
     
  5. Modest_Proposal Trying too hard to be one of the cool kids Nov 9, 2015

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    Keep in mind that the hands have been relumed.
     
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  6. aap Nov 9, 2015

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    Oh yeah. That too. Thanks.
     
  7. tomvox1 Nov 9, 2015

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    That could also be a result of moisture incursion reacting to the top coat of the lacquer and degrading it.
    Or a watchmaker might have had a big sneeze on it in around 1962 and this is what happened 50+ years hence.:D
    Seriously, though, these are hard to find in terrific condition for whatever reason but that dial is beyond "tropical" IMO, as the spotting is not uniform or pleasing to the eye. To each their own though!
    Best,
    T.
     
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  8. lezlangdon Likes arguing with halfwits in need of girlfriends Nov 20, 2015

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    is refinishing the dial the only option, mine is in similarly poor condition
     
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  9. Northernman Lemaniac Nov 20, 2015

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    Not necessarily. Removing old and miscoloured varnish, and then reapplying a fresh layer have been done.
    Trouble is that you have no guarantee if it succeeds or end in failure.
    If you would go for a redial otherwise, at least an attempt at cleaning first is warmly recommended.
    Cheers!
     
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  10. woodwkr2 Nov 20, 2015

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    Yup. If a re-dial is in order, one can only either: waste time or have a heroic outcome with attempts to clean.
     
  11. Carlton-Browne Nov 20, 2015

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    I'm not sure I'd redial - probably better to wait and hope that an orphaned movement with a decent dial attached pops up on Ebay - it's always possible that somebody has one from a scrapped gold case. Keep the old dial so you have the original.
     
  12. Adam2941 Nov 23, 2015

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    I also commented on this watch in the other thread, but I like your watch very much. I would much rather look at your all original dial, with its discoloration, than a refinished dial. Look, the dial is old, and it has suffered some degradation. If you don't like it, you should sell it and spend your money on a watch you like. This model of Polerouter in better condition is not impossible to find, with some patience. That way someone else who likes your dial can take possession of it. There is a finite number of vintage watches in all original condition in the world. Why remove one by refinishing the dial? I say either keep it as it is, or sell it.
     
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  13. Adam2941 Nov 23, 2015

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    That is a drop-dead gorgeous dial ::love::. The luminous in the hands is obviously not original and does not match the dial. It would be nicer to remove the luminous and let the hands be skeleton.
     
  14. Adam2941 Nov 23, 2015

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    My comment about the luminous in the hands was referring to the black dial in this thread, but my reply did not end up there :mad:
     
  15. BartH Follows a pattern of overpaying Nov 23, 2015

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    On black dials I find these spots and other forms of patina less unappealing than on a white/silver one. Kind of like it actually.
     
  16. aap Nov 23, 2015

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    I guess the spots are tolerable as long as the movement of the watch and the other parts are fine.

    What I don't like is how misleading some sellers are when they imply that the spots were really there to begin with.
     
  17. Adam2941 Nov 23, 2015

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    The spots are obviously not original, but some collectors seek out spotted dials like that, as long as the spotting is even. It is funny that people judge degradation based on aesthetic tastes, but they do! As for the silver dial in this thread, it would be judged based on its nice rich red color!
     
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  18. Cseko Apr 11, 2021

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    I am considering to buy a watch, so I would have my first waterproof vintage omega, of course I will have to bring it to a watchmaker to make sure about it, but surely at least I'll be able to wash my hand with the watch on it.
    But I'm thinking if I'll be able to clean the deal to take out the dots, or not?
    What do you think?
     
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  19. Oku Apr 11, 2021

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    We think that you post in the wrong subforum and thread...

    Whatsoever, damage is damage and cannot be cleaned.
     
  20. Cseko Apr 11, 2021

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    Sorry if I made a mistake, I thought that it was about dots on the dial. I'm not sure if it's some dirt or damage or some reaction of the sun or chemicals, how people mentioned it previously in the thread.