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  1. justwatching

    justwatching Apr 23, 2015

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    i accidentally dropped my speedy while changing straps. Thought the watch was fine except for a few scratches. Then upon further inspection i realize that the lume of the chrono hand was gone. I've always wondered how some speedy's lose the lume in the hands and now i learned how the hard way! Heads up to be extra carefull with these vintage models.
     
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  2. calalum

    calalum Apr 23, 2015

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    You may want to visit your watchmaker to remove any remnants under the crystal. The lume can be replaced carefully.
     
  3. watchyouwant

    watchyouwant ΩF Clairvoyant Apr 23, 2015

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    easy, a good watchmaker does not even have to take the center second hand off.......but if the impact was that great, that the lume fell out, have the movement checked on his timing device. kind regards./ achim
     
  4. justwatching

    justwatching Apr 23, 2015

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    Thanks. Good suggestion. Will take it to my watchmaker soon. Wasn't really that high, fell from my desk and was able to partially catch it to dampen the fall. Maybe the lume of these vintage watches just gets brittle in time that it easily falls off?
     
  5. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Apr 23, 2015

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    You're lucky you didn't break the balance staff!

    Tom
     
  6. John R Smith

    John R Smith Apr 23, 2015

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    That's what Incabloc is for . . .
     
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  7. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Apr 23, 2015

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    True enough but it isn't 100% protection.

    Tom
     
  8. Northernman

    Northernman Apr 23, 2015

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    Yes. Lume material gets dry like powder over time. I have had my watchmaker reinforce it by applying some lacquer to the back side of the hands on some of my watches as part of a service.
    No worries. A competent watchmaker will fix this issue easily. However be certain that whoever does it takes care to match the color. Bright white lume will not do IMO.
    Cheers!
     
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  9. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Apr 23, 2015

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    Broken staffs on modern shock protected watches are pretty rare. Not only is the shock protection there, but modern watches tend to have smaller/lighter balance wheels, and also modern pivots are not the same in terms of the materials and the heat treatment applied to them...all meaning they withstand shocks much better than vintage watches do.

    Cheers, Al
     
  10. justwatching

    justwatching Apr 23, 2015

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    Thanks man!