To restore or to not restore? Advice on a special find.

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golfordie68
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To restore or to not restore? Advice on a special find.

#1 Post by golfordie68 » Thu May 31, 2018 11:47 pm

I love me my vintage OMEGAs, and I love my Chronographs. Well, believe it or not, this little gem was found by a friend of mine in a box of used watch bands and other parts for $1 at a garage sale!!! Inside was this all original untouched 1944 OMEGA 27 CHRO C12 T2 PC Chronograph predating the 321 cal by 5+ years and the speedmaster name by almost a decade. I restore watches for a living but hate to refinish or repaint a dial. I want to have OMEGA do the work to keep the pedigree but I don't know if I should just have them service it and refinish the case or have them do a complete museum restoration...Thoughts? Suggestions? I am really torn here. If the Lume paint on the hour markers was even and as perfect as the rest of the dial. I would certainly leave it.I would like to hear what you guys think I should do. Thank you in advance
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JerseyMo
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Re: To restore or to not restore? Advice on a special find.

#2 Post by JerseyMo » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:23 am

The norm seems that most collectors like the items to be untouched. But for me I generally like a restored or at least cleaned and polished look.
Nice find.
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Re: To restore or to not restore? Advice on a special find.

#3 Post by stryfox » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:52 pm

I prefer restored unless it is clean enough to not warent doing it. However everyone draws that line in a different spot. I can live with patina and age spots. I can not live with damage. Only time I will leave some damage is on military or similar items that tell a story. A dress watch with a big scrape or dent just tells me some drunk fell down at a wedding. Lol. That’s not history.
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