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My first vintage for 2017 - small triangle and i need some help....

  1. kpaxsg

    kpaxsg Jan 10, 2017

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    So finally my big triangle has got his companion today except that the bezel insert I would love to have a little makeover or better still, if any member have a nice one lying around.

    what are the options and is there someone specialize in doing so, replacing the internal insert?
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  2. DON

    DON Jan 10, 2017

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    I used to restore the ones that came with my watches, but I also replaced the dial and hands to match

    Restoring means removing the insert. Wet sanding the back to remove the old black paint and then a fine sharp screwdriver to scrape out the old paint and luminous. Refill, clear lacquer and then black plaint

    Problem is. What type of insert do you have?

    I did one and it turned out, that except for the luminous markers. The rest was all painted. I sanded off the minute markers and no way to repair that. It was screen printed on.

    Unless you plan on replacing everything so it looks the same. I would leave it as is

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  3. TexOmega

    TexOmega Jan 10, 2017

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    I call it a watch used as intended and would enjoy it proudly "as is". It is only original one time.
     
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  4. watchthirst

    watchthirst Jan 10, 2017

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    I think that bezel looks pretty darn awesome just as it is. I'd pay a premium for one that looks like that If i was in the market for that watch.
     
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  5. RJwatches

    RJwatches Jan 13, 2017

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    I would pay extra too for a bezel like this compared to a "fresh" one. In my opinion you should leave it and enjoy it.
     
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  6. Maganator

    Maganator Jan 13, 2017

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    The bezel looks great as it is.

    If you feel that you have to do something about it I would replace the bezel insert but keep the one you have safe - do not attempt to clean or repaint. You'll ruin it (imo, of course).
     
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  7. Dave.charlton

    Dave.charlton Jan 14, 2017

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    In my opinion that bezel looks fine and I would keep it. It shows its age and use and appeals to those of us that love a bit WABI
     
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  8. AveConscientia

    AveConscientia Jan 14, 2017

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  9. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 14, 2017

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    Wouldn't mess with that at all looks great
     
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  10. Mac5

    Mac5 Jan 14, 2017

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    Very cool! That Seamaster has many stories to tell.
     
  11. Dgercp

    Dgercp Jan 14, 2017

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    Love the bezel. Guessing hands and markers relumed?
     
  12. Kuki

    Kuki Jan 14, 2017

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    Wow I think it lived an interesting life. IMHO Just keep the bezel as is, it adds a lot more character to the watch!
     
  13. kpaxsg

    kpaxsg Jan 14, 2017

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    Yes by James Hyman, great job matching the bezel. Anyone else commissioned him as well ? I'm slowing getting use to the bezel as it is....if only it could tell me it's stories.....have a good weekend all!
     
  14. werc2

    werc2 Jan 14, 2017

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    Bezel looks great! keep it
     
  15. kpaxsg

    kpaxsg Jan 16, 2017

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    Is there a bezel insert table for the variations and steps to change?
     
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  16. U5512

    U5512 Jan 16, 2017

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    Great looking patina SM300!!!
     
  17. AveConscientia

    AveConscientia Jan 17, 2017

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    Don't change a thing!
     
  18. Tom Dick

    Tom Dick and Harry Jan 17, 2017

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    I personally like the original bezel you have on the watch, it looks superb and the age is the most important thing in these vintage tool watches, I would call in Colin Gillies (watchlovr) on this one, he is a wealth of information on Semaster 300's and been a huge help and support for me in the past.
     
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