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The dial and case of this watch had seen better days. The lug tops of the pink gold filled case had serious wear-through (we were unable to get a good picture that showed this, so only the after is shown), and the dial had moisture damage and fading due to age. We used a laser welder to fill in wear-through spots on the lugs and case with pink gold, and after a light polishing, no one would ever be able to tell that the case had been repaired. I have seen previous refinishes of this dial, and all of them looked horrible. We made sure that the original dial of this watch was refinished with a high-level of attention to detail using the correct print and colors, and the result was amazing. Everyone knows that the dial is the focal point of the watch, and we are serious about making sure every dial refinish is as exact as possible and of the highest quality. This watch was a family heirloom that can now be worn and enjoyed for the future generations.
The before picture shows just how aged the dial was on this Elgin. A really unique dial, it had a ribbed set of rings which circled the center that originally would have been in a contrasting color, large applied markers, and a "bulls-eye" pattern that originated from N-S-E-W. This particular dial is another example of one that you will see many re-dials of, and nearly all of them are horribly done. They will have incorrect colors or finishes, wavy or off-center "bulls-eye" markings, or the printing over the rings is smeared because care was not taken when doing it. We made sure the print was exact, the correct contrasting light salmon color was used in the rings surrounding the center, and the overall finish was excellent. After a movement service and light polish of the stainless steel art deco styled case, the owner was amazed at the end results. After being restored to its former glory, this watch has a look that surpasses other timepieces worth ten times as much.
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