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FLwatchguy73 last won the day on December 11 2019

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  1. Duplicate post, please delete.
  2. Since I recently acquired 21 watches in various states of function and condition, I thought I'd share my technique for restoring acrylic crystals. As a warning, there are items used in this procedure which can be harmful if used improperly, so please always read the manufacturer's warnings and heed them, thank you, and enjoy. I prefer to begin with a dual sided Emory board similar to what is used in nail salons. They're flexible and conform to the curve of the crystal. The one I use comes with 2 different grits, one coarse and one fine, 400 and 600 grit respectively. I dip the Emory board in water and ensure a small puddle forms on the crystal. I begin with the coarse grit and start with a circular motion, applying steady pressure. As I sand, I rotate the watch in small increments being careful to not stay in one place too long and to maintain a circular sanding motion. I follow the natural curve of the crystal as well, unless it's a flat crystal. After a few minutes, I stop and check my progress. I wipe off the water and acrylic residue and look for any obvious, deep scratches that remain. If not, I proceed to the next step, if so, I repeat the previous steps. When I'm satisfied that the deepest scratches are gone, I thoroughly clean the crystal and wipe it dry. I now flip the Emory board to the fine side and repeat the previous procedure of circular motions. Knowing when you have done it enough is honestly an issue of feel. When you first change grits, the surface feels rough and there is resistance as you sand, but that lessens as the deeper sanding marks are made shallow by the finer grit. This process should take less time than the first step. Again I clean off the residue and thoroughly dry the crystal. If im happy the the smoothness of the crystal, I can now move on to the final polish. I use a polishing compound from my employer that works amazingly, however any glass polishing/scratch remover that contains Cerium oxide will work fine. For this step I take a cotton cloth and fold it over twice giving me 4 layers of fabric. I then dab a penny size drop of the Cerium Oxide cream onto it and then press the crystal firmly onto the cloth. I then swirl the crystal around and around in a steady, circular motion, maintaining a firm pressure as I work. I rotate the crystal every few moments and I rock and tilt the crystal following the contour of the crystal. After a couple minutes of this action, I stop and wipe away the residual cream and inspect my progress. Most times, one cycle of the Cerium oxide cream is adequate, however, if you miss a spot, repeat the process. The initial penny size drop of the cream is almost always enough. If you're happy with the results you can wipe away all the residue and enjoy your work. BTW, cerium oxide will lightly polish metals as well, similar to Brasso. This can help to remove scuffs, light scratches, Oxidation and other residues on older watches. Lastly, this entire procedure can be perform without ever removing the crystal from the case, as long as you are mindful of the case. Thank you for your time in reading this, hopefully I've enlightened you and added a new tool to your watchmaking toolbox. (The crystal used in the photos of this procedure has microscopic crazing cracks from age and heat which are deeper into the crystal and this procedure does not remove those, however, for me it looks great.)
  3. I have my Bellmatic on my wrist today. I love quirky mechanical complications. Someday I'll be able to afford a minute repeater. Im still hunting for a Seiko coffin link bracelet for it.
  4. Here are a few examples of bronze patina watches.
  5. @oldhippy, it's called a patina. It's very desirable by some and is very desirable on some watches, especially bronze case watches. The bronze metal naturally develops an oxidation layer over time. But there are methods to accelerate this effect, acids, salts etc. Ive seen bronze watches aged to look as if the watch had been sitting at the bottom of the ocean for a hundred years. There is also a niche among the vintage watch community where only partial restorations are done to watches leaving them looking battered and used. Makes it look as if there is a long history and am interesting story to go along with the watch. Similarly, in furniture it's often called distressing and in automobiles it's called Rat Rods. Handsome watch @Graziano
  6. They actually work. But not like a traditional chronograph. The upper sub displays minutes, 45 in total. The bottom dial displays hours up to 6 total. When you pull out the crown to set the time, the sub dial hands move in unison with the main hands. The two pushers stop and start the seconds hand, while the rest of the movement continues to run. Im attaching a video illustrating that. 20200122_111427_2.mp4
  7. My second Rego pin lever Chronostop arrived yesterday. I cleaned it up this morning, looking nice. Ticking loudly and keeping great time. Hunting for a black dial for this next.
  8. LMAO! That's exactly what I was thinking!
  9. Roger Chaffee (Appolo 1 astronaut who tragically died in a capsule fire along with Edit White and Gus Grissom) owned one of these (below). NASA has it on display at the Kennedy Space Center. Im pleased to see mine looks nearly identical to his above. I own this photo, as I took it on a visit this past summer.
  10. One each of the black and white dial I'm guessing? Though I did see one with gold tone numbers and hands on a white dial online.
  11. I figure today I'd wear my newly acquired Vintage Timex Viscount from 1958. All it needed mechanically was to refit the auto wind mechanism that had become detached from the movement. It's keeping fantastic time for a 62 year old "disposable" watch. I still need to polish the scratches out of the crystal and replace the ugly expansion bracelet.
  12. Sweet! Officially my eldest Timex! I also acquired my second Timex 100 from 1959. What model is the one from 1958?
  13. My pockets were bulging, lol. The Mrs. Didn't come along. Antiques and watches are not her thing, which is probably a good thing, the less she knows, the better!
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