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  1. tyrantlizardrex

    tyrantlizardrex C is NOT for "Lizard". Mar 7, 2016

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    Hey All,

    Looking for a little guidance/advice on a 176.0012 that I picked up last year.

    This is a one owner watch, that the owners son got given as part of his estate, it's dirty, needs new glass, and a service... and maybe a refinish.

    I say maybe, because I am torn on what to do.

    STS have done fantastic work on the MK3, the Geneve Chronostop, and the Seamaster Chronostop that I've sent them - all were in need of some love, and I feel are much better now than they were when I got them.

    The 1045 though, still has sharp edges, still has the original finishes (if a little scratched), and as far as I can tell hasn't been near a watchmaker since it left Switzerland in 1984.

    So, help me decide:

    1 - The tidy up - deep cleaned, fully serviced by STS
    2 - Full spa treatment - refinished case, deep cleaned, fully serviced by STS
    3 - Sell it - given than I'm not sure what I want, I'm putting this out there as an option.

    I know different things appeal to different people, some love a factory fresh look, and the 3 watches I've had refinished have had lots of positive comments... I just wonder if this one is good and honest, and should just be left alone, or if it would be even better for a good going over.

    Lots of pics below... help me out here guys.

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  2. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Mar 7, 2016

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    If you're gonna sell it, then leave as is.

    If you're gonna wear it, get the movement serviced and leave the rest as is. Looks very nice to me.
     
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  3. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Mar 7, 2016

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    Yup - depends on your plans, really...

    Keep forever/for a long while: The full treatment.
    Keep for a while, use frequently: Service.
    Sell on in a foreseeable future: Leave as is.
     
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  4. Garv

    Garv no longer a member of the terminally hip Mar 7, 2016

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    I'd tidy it up and wouldn't go full treatment
     
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  5. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Mar 7, 2016

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    Just because the case can be made to look new again, doesn't mean it should be. I would not touch the case no matter what you decide to do with it.

    Cheers, Al
     
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  6. tyrantlizardrex

    tyrantlizardrex C is NOT for "Lizard". Mar 7, 2016

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    I think that's where I am on this one to be honest.

    The MK3 had been highly polished, and had a couple of chunks out of it, so to me, a laser weld, and refinish was an improvement to the condition that it had been put in, not through use, but through a 1990's "refinish".

    This 1045 is one owner, and to be looks to be pretty straight, with just a few age related scratches... a refinish would lose that honesty.