I am excited to finally begin the process of restoring my collection. Many of my watches need a lot of work, and I am in need of advice regarding what to do with them. Moreover, I think this information could be helpful to other members and guests who are contemplating purchasing, selling, or restoring a similar model. I know that there will be differing opinions, but all opinions are welcome. So, if you’re willing, please share your thoughts.
I’ll post the watches individually so that we don’t end up with an unmanageably long thread. After the restoration is complete, I’ll post pics of the finished product, so we’ll have before and after shots.
Please, for purposes of this exercise, accept my model identification and advise me on how best to restore the watch to the stated model’s specs. By doing so, you are not agreeing with my model ID. Of course, where the model is unknown, your expertise in identifying appropriate specs for the style/era will be invaluable.
I am assuming that all watches need a full cleaning, and many will need repairs to the movement. Those issues will be addressed by the professional watchmaker during the restoration process. In this series, I am seeking cosmetic advice, including style, colors, replating, redialing, reluming, etc.
Okay, so, here we go with numero uno—the oldest watch in my collection to date. . . .
Model name unknown
Running a 10A, 17J
Hinged case measures 33.25mm x 26.5mm
Crystal measures 21.7mm x 21.7mm
Gold content is described as “Filled” without a karat value
Bezel is in great shape, but there is significant gold loss on the back of the case
The crystal is slightly scratched and darkened
The dial, as you can see, has lots of patina and actually photographed lighter and brighter than it looks in person