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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Before and Afters

One of the reasons that I find vintage watches so fascinating is they are legacies of the past.  My favorite watches are Christmas watches... given with love from parents to children or from spouse to spouse.  As long as the watches continue to exist, so does the sentiment that introduced them so long ago.


Webster 2

Linwood reverse

Of course, after 50+ years of constant wear, sometimes these treasured keepsakes lose their youthful vibrance.  They get relegated to a dresser drawer, shoebox or old cookie tin until resurrected by an heir who wonders what to do with "grandpa's old watch".

In many cases, all is not lost and restoration is well within reach.

Here's some nice examples of watches I've restored shown before and after.

Here's a 1950 Austin, before...
Austin Before

and after...
Austin, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

Here's a 1927 Barrel Plain...  this dial was redone incorrectly at some point in it's life.
Barrel Plain Before

and after, restored to original standards...

Barrel Plain - YGF

Here's a 1930 2nd Generation Cushion Engraved, before...
Cushion engraved 2nd gen Before

and after... just a new crystal and dial cleaning was needed (in addition to a movement overhaul)...

Cushion Engraved 2nd Gen, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

Here's a 1948 Eric, before...

Eric Before

and after...

Eric 2 After, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App 

Here's a 1941 Myron, before...
Myron - before 

and after...

Myron, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

and restoration isn't just limited to Hamiltons.  Here's a 1950 Omega Seamaster, before...

Omega before

and after...

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