The dial was “restored”, and I have to put that in quotes. Somebody with a bit of paint and a paintbrush did this job, and you can tell. The artist even did the date ring – check out the numbers on that. If you look carefully, you can see a hole next to the “X”. That doesn’t bode well, and it means one of the dial feet has broken off.
Watch back with custom engraving.
Looks like it needs a service.
Pretty dirty, but no rust.
With the dial ring removed, you can see that something is wrong with the dial. Lots of scratches, and, if you zoom in, glue.
The dial is completely stuck to the case, so I have to lift out the movement, leaving the hour wheel behind. Look at the glue! The master craftsman responsible for this even glued down the wheel driving the date ring at one point, and then realized that that wasn’t such a good idea, so he scratched the glue off with a screwdriver again.
Note the repainted date ring.
The dial has no dial feet, and it’s glued in all around. This makes me shudder.
I remove as much of the glue as I can, and then lift the dial out. Some of the dial paint sticks to the case.
Now you can admire the dial in all its beauty. Definitely the worst redial I’ve seen so far. I admire what you can do with a paintbrush, but it’s a terrible job.