4 Tips To Spot (And Avoid) A Restored Dial

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4 Tips To Spot (And Avoid) A Restored Dial

Postby koimaster » January 18th 2017, 4:09pm

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Collecting vintage watches isn’t for the faint-hearted. There are many, many things that can go wrong if one doesn’t know what to look out for – wrong movements, crowns, hands, franken-watches – the list goes on. In the spirit of what we published a few weeks ago, today we want to share some tips on one step of the vintage watch due diligence process: how to spot (and avoid) a restored dial.

As many collectors will tell you, the dial is the most valuable part of any vintage watch. In most cases, a pristine dial with minimal patina, zero scratches, and no blemishes can fetch significantly higher prices than dials with some degree of wear, with the exception of some specific instances where patina might be preferred (e.g. tropical-dial Rolex submariners).


https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/how-to-spot-a-redial

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Re: 4 Tips To Spot (And Avoid) A Restored Dial

Postby gerdson » January 18th 2017, 10:51pm

Interesting examples. Myself I have had two dials restored, both with "moderate" results. Impeccable craftmenship in both cases (no hanging or blurred prints), but neither identical to the original. It is simply not worth the effort - resulting in a nice looking watch, but not a collectors item.
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Re: 4 Tips To Spot (And Avoid) A Restored Dial

Postby biglove » January 19th 2017, 8:31am

Good read.
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Re: 4 Tips To Spot (And Avoid) A Restored Dial

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » January 19th 2017, 1:45pm

gerdson wrote:Interesting examples. Myself I have had two dials restored, both with "moderate" results. Impeccable craftmenship in both cases (no hanging or blurred prints), but neither identical to the original. It is simply not worth the effort - resulting in a nice looking watch, but not a collectors item.

I definitely agree that the end result is not collectible. Still, sometimes it's better than the condition the dial was in- like paint flaking off, water damage, rust, paint bubbling...


Regarding Hodinkee, it would be nice, if they could actually use all that "advice" they provide. Because they're often unable to tell even a bad redial.

Here's what I've caught them selling a few days before Christmas:
vacheronhodinkeeshopredial.jpg

Dreadful font, with shoddy letters of inconsistent sizes, the font growing in size from left to right. Off-centre "Swiss" marking.
After I raised hell on WUS Vintage forum, they withdrew the watch.
They're also notoriously failing to tell a redialed Longines from the real deal. Which is funny, as the article uses Longines as an example...

The advice provided in the article is good. I only wish they knew how to use it themselves.
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