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Old 06-19-2016, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi all,

I have gotten a nice condition 6159, really happy with the piece, but i noticed the mould rot has started on the lume parts. I'm worried that it will affect the metal markers, and cause additional corrosion.
Any advise whether to go ahead with some cosmetic restoration? or keep it as it is?

If to go ahead, who are the recommended restorer or cosmetic specialist, cos the watch is running fine.

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I'd probably consider sending that to Spencer Klein, or if in the UK send to James Hyman.

It ain't too bad but I think I'd agree that I wouldn't want it hurting those markers and a relume I have no issue with, as long as it's not to replace perfect non glowing lume just to get it to glow.

As it is, a lovely watch. Has it had new gaskets installed at all?
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I'd probably consider sending that to Spencer Klein, or if in the UK send to James Hyman.

It ain't too bad but I think I'd agree that I wouldn't want it hurting those markers and a relume I have no issue with, as long as it's not to replace perfect non glowing lume just to get it to glow.

As it is, a lovely watch. Has it had new gaskets installed at all?
hey, thanks for the fast response, i'll search for Spencer's email and reach out to him for enquiries.

It was sent for a servicing last year, but the shop only recommended the change of crown that is not working well.
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Well making sure its gaskets are renewed if they weren't checked would give me peace of mind.

I doubt the plots will get any worse. And I've seen some great work on restoring these. Very, very carefully the blackening to the markers may be removable. The sweep hand could do with its pink dot restored as it's meant to look. I'll leave it to others to give their thoughts as many may say leave it. And to reiterate what I said to be clear, as is it's a lovely looking watch. Very envious of the guys with a 6159 in their collection!
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Well making sure its gaskets are renewed if they weren't checked would give me peace of mind.

I doubt the plots will get any worse. And I've seen some great work on restoring these. Very, very carefully the blackening to the markers may be removable. The sweep hand could do with its pink dot restored as it's meant to look. I'll leave it to others to give their thoughts as many may say leave it. And to reiterate what I said to be clear, as is it's a lovely looking watch. Very envious of the guys with a 6159 in their collection!
Thanks for the recommendation...

well to be safe, i got another one
this one was relumed by the previous owner...

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Given how meteoric the prices are now, I would just find a way to stop the damage and not touch the hands any further. The market really loves unmodified watches.
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Given how meteoric the prices are now, I would just find a way to stop the damage and not touch the hands any further. The market really loves unmodified watches.
thanks, was given the same feedback from one of the forummers as well.
think i should check if the seals are compromised to prevent humidity from getting in.
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Dont touch the dial or hands at all! Get it serviced and some new gaskets only. It's a very beautiful watch anything done cosmetically will hurt it.

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