Now I turn my attention to the dial. In order to removed the old luminous compound, I have to dissolve it. With a very weak vinegar/water solution, I wash off the compound and the old varnish. You can see that some of the markers between 7 and 9 have come off, but there isn’t much one can do to prevent this happening.
When I first try to adjust the movement, I notice that I can’t. Either the hairspring is too short, or the balance doesn’t weigh enough, but the movement stays too fast. Also, the balance staff is worn. As the customer has sent in a second watch with the same movement, I swap balances, and all is well.
Now I can case the movement.And the watch looks great again. I know that this post will split my readers, as a lot of you guys like their watches as original as they can. I have to put two arguments for what I did forward:
Firstly, I wouldn’t want to wear a watch that looked like this one when it got to the workshop, and secondly, the watch looked pretty much as it looks now when it was new, and not like it looked when it came into the workshop. Yes, we lost some of the markers, but now we have a watch that is very wearable indeed, and looks great.