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  1. 321Only

    321Only Mar 11, 2020

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    Hi guys,
    since I just finished my latest restoration project, I thought the result might be worth sharing.

    It was during a great GTG that the watch I am writing about, a Seamaster 300 ref. 165014-64 found its way to my collection through a trade with a nice fellow watch collector.
    As I started taking the watch apart right away to restore it, I unfortunately didn't spend time on taking a proper before-picture. Here is all I got:
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    First step was taking the watch apart. It is worth pointing out that since I am not a watchmaker I do not touch movements. However, I like playing around with the rest of the parts of my watches and do some restoration. After a good cleaning of all parts, I started with repainting the running second hand white with a touch of patina to make it not look as bright white as a new hand would look.

    After that, I started mixing up some old tritium paint to relume the dial and hands. I know that a relume is not to everyones taste, but since I use old material I see myself doing restoration work rather than destroying the originality of the watch. Also, there was no lume left anyways.

    Next up was the bezel. As with most of these watches, the plastic of the bezel ring broke off and fell apart. I speed quite a some time thinking how I could restore it. I am still playing around with it and learning a lot but I think the first result is quite okay.

    now finally some after-shots. let me know what you think!
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  2. OMEGuy

    OMEGuy Mar 11, 2020

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    Congrats!

    The bezel looks not bad, but have you considered Aldo's bezel restoration?
     
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  3. 321Only

    321Only Mar 11, 2020

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    Thank you!
    Not really since I heard mostly negative feedback regarding his communication and lead time.
    Also as I was able to do it pretty good myself it was not really an option to send it to someone else. i think I am pretty close so far. I will do some more tests with it. Unfortunately I ran out of bezels to experiment with.
     
  4. Wuza72

    Wuza72 Mar 11, 2020

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    Great work ! :thumbsup:
     
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  5. 321Only

    321Only Mar 11, 2020

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    Thanks a lot, glad you like what I did
     
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  6. watchyouwant

    watchyouwant ΩF Clairvoyant Mar 11, 2020

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    Very good with the resources, you had ! The relume is a bit too even for that age of the watch. If you used waterbased tritium, try the following the next time the movement is out: buy the finest artist brush, you can find. Natural hair. Brew a strong black Tea. Let it dry on a saucer. Use a little water to colour it with the brownish, dried Tea. Dab very carefully the lume in slightly different shades, control these shades with more or less water added. same for the hands. They age differently due to a different material. Make them one or two shades darker than the dial lume. Will make a difference. Patience needed. Kind regards. Achim
     
  7. micampe

    micampe Mar 11, 2020

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    That’s a very nice result, good job. How did you restore the bezel?
     
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  8. 321Only

    321Only Mar 12, 2020

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    Thats a great advice, thanks a lot!
    The tritium stuff I used was all dried up. I had to use a mortar grinder and a new binder in order to use it. The binder I used is solvent based. Do you think the tea trick will work on non water based lacquer as well?
     
  9. 321Only

    321Only Mar 12, 2020

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    Thanks a lot! I tried different approaches to get there, I am still experimenting around to achieve the best result. I any member is in need of a bezel restoration please reach out!
     
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  10. JimJupiter

    JimJupiter Mar 12, 2020

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    Would be great if you can share the process how you build the bezel. Super interested in it!
     
  11. watchyouwant

    watchyouwant ΩF Clairvoyant Mar 12, 2020

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    Depends on your lume surface. If glossy= No. If porous= try it. Next time source some old stock water based tritium on the Bay. Some French sellers had stock left..... Kind regards. Achim
     
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  12. 321Only

    321Only Mar 12, 2020

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    I will use water based binder next time. Should be no problem since the stuff I have is very britle and ends up as powder after using the mortar grinder. However, the binder I used is of course not glossy. I will give it a try and will let you know if it works :)
     
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  13. whippetman01

    whippetman01 Mar 13, 2020

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    You have Mail!
     
  14. jaguar11

    jaguar11 Mar 13, 2020

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    Looks great!!!!!!!
     
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  15. 321Only

    321Only Mar 13, 2020

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    Thanks a lot. I think I actually improved the bezel restoration in the meanwhile. Might be able to post some new examples soon in case you guys are interested :thumbsup:
     
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  16. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Mar 14, 2020

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    Bezel looks good for a first try!

    Thanks for sharing too. This topic can be divisive.
     
  17. mozambique

    mozambique Mar 20, 2020

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    Looks really good. Nice job!
     
  18. Cuttysark

    Cuttysark Mar 20, 2020

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    It's really nice :)
     
  19. Bbturbo

    Bbturbo Mar 20, 2020

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    Well done
     
  20. joe band

    joe band Mar 22, 2020

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    sharp. nicely done.