I say yes based on everything being perfectly aligned. What do you say?
Lumed hands but no lume on numbers? Doesn't seem normal based on a brief look through Officer images on Google. Maybe dial was not refinished, but I suspect lume may have been removed and the numbers colored in. Just my relatively uneducated guess, though.
that could be lume on the dial, just gone dark?
This is an original dial. The numerals simply have radium luminous material that has turned to a dark green, which is common. Hands have been re-lumed.
Your title is strange... This is not a War Watch....model officer. Kind regards. Achim
Maybe, but when I zoom in on the photos there is no build-up of material apparent. Other examples I have seen photos of have thicker build-up (like with lume on Speedmaster plots). Was it typical to apply the lume so thinly?
Achim, look at the paint build up on the edge of the subdial. Perhaps an old redial that excluded the subdial?
@Arno (NL), the Officer model doesn't confirm military service and "War watch" is a little off-putting, hope you understand.
Numerals had lume applied.
The apparent volume of lume does vary but I believe that in this instance, the issue is the photography. Some numerals appear flat but the "9", for example, appears 3-dimensional, to me.
UV light might help
I meant the year, 1942. Unclear indeed.
Thank you all for the comments. I did not realize the radium relationship. I assumed the numbers were just pained from the start. Very interesting information. Perhaps hands not original then. I like it very much though but hesitating. Anybody any idea on a fair value?
I totally agree with you. Here is a part of the dial on my Officer. You can all see that the radium has turned dark. Radium turns fragile when aging so total or partial loss are very common on these dials.
Please study tdn-dk excellent thread (great photos as well) for more information regarding the Officer watches.
I think the lumen have turned dark, here is one of mine
Great link. Thanks!!!!
How bad would the radium be?
If I compare the numbers of the sub dial with your you see a distinct difference the open “6” for instance. This looks more like “GO”. Wonder whether this is possible or whether the sub dial on my example is indeed an (early?) redial.
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