Dredging up the past.

Dredging up the past.

Postby foghorn » June 22nd 2018, 10:39am

This Zodiac Seawolf was my first "real" watch. Purchased c. 1975 , on sale, for $100.00. I stopped wearing it many moons ago but it still got an occasional wind and never stopped coming back to life after a couple winds. I finally, after many unfullfilled thoughts of restoration, made the decision to bring back the past. The bezel had been completly washed out by time and an inept jeweler back in the early 90's. The dial has progressed from patina to decomposition.
Got a new dial and bezel and left the rest alone. Movement also got a spa treatment. I got some pics today and after a couple days of testing it'll be shipped back home for ,hopefully, another 20 years of daily wearing.
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First order of business is a new bracelet. 19 mm. I got some in mind.
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby conjurer » June 22nd 2018, 11:00am

Goddamn it, foggy! That watch is the tits, particularly after the treatment!
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby codguy » June 22nd 2018, 11:21am

Zodiac :Beerbang:
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby 3Flushes » June 22nd 2018, 11:53am

Noice!
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby Falstaff » June 22nd 2018, 12:16pm

Jeebus, Fleepsnort - that original deeply patinated dial will bring a thousand million dollars on e-bay!
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby Pubbie » June 22nd 2018, 12:26pm

If you’d posted that crapped out, flaking dial on TRF or WUS or somewhere else equally infected by groupthink, the Internet would have been drenched in spunk.

Looks great - I don’t mind a bit of natural fading all over but it looks way better now. Like the actual manufacturer actually wanted it to look, instead of battered and fungal...
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby Thunder1 » June 22nd 2018, 12:44pm

So, face lifts can be a good thing...
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby Racer-X » June 22nd 2018, 12:52pm

Had no idea Zodiac parts could be sourced. Looks great!
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby JAS1125 » June 22nd 2018, 2:28pm

Very very cool
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby artman » June 22nd 2018, 2:49pm

Awesome Foggy! Nicely done.
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » June 22nd 2018, 3:52pm

That's a lovely restoration job, Foggy. Restorations rarely turn out quite as brilliant as this one.

Pubbie wrote:If you’d posted that crapped out, flaking dial on TRF or WUS or somewhere else equally infected by groupthink, the Internet would have been drenched in spunk.

Looks great - I don’t mind a bit of natural fading all over but it looks way better now. Like the actual manufacturer actually wanted it to look, instead of battered and fungal...

Not even on WUS would that dial damage be considered OK. Recently, in the Vintage forum we were debating the case of a certain Rolex, which one guy wanted to buy - it had just this kind damage around the lume plots. Not nearly as extensive, but of the same sort. It appears that blue is perhaps the least durable of dial colours. For whatever reason, almost no watch with tritium lume and a blue dial stays unfucked - whatever the paint contains, seems to react with the tritium lume. Therefore, wear and tear (down to bare brass) appear around the lume plots. No idea if that's a reaction with the tritium, the zinc sulphide base, or perhaps both combined, but that's just the way things are.
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Re: Dredging up the past.

Postby biglove » June 22nd 2018, 8:44pm

Looks great. Restoration done right.
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