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Old 01-22-2020, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Refinishing a Bezel...?

I've got a unique (to me anyway) octagonal Pulsar Y182 with a bezel worn down to the base metal.

Is there a way to refinish the bezel, or perhaps the entire case if the bezel can't be removed? I've seen some discussion about replacing bezels, but this one is unique, so...

Any thoughts or advice?
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, what you want to do is to replate the case, which is an electrochemical process that will put a layer of alloy on the surface and make it look new again. You will find a lot of information around, for example:

https://adjustingvintagewatches.com/...se-metal-case/
https://www.watchplating.com/primer

Alternatively you may consider removing the worn plating altogether which is a cheaper option.
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Nope, it's pretty unique to me also.
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You could re-surface the bezel, lot of money, or un-surface, just take the remaining plating off. I use Artifex buffing wheels, nothing more than an abrasive embedded into a rubberized wheel, but sandpaper will do, very fine grit, something over 800, maybe 1200. Take it all down to the same finish, then, re-paint the numbers by over painting the markings. I just dab in the paint with the end of a plastic micro swab, the recessed markings act like a well, holding the paint. As it dries, it shrinks, and any excess can be wiped off with a piece of cloth, dipped into acetone, and wrapped around the end of a chopstick. Keeps the cloth from getting into the recessed area, and only removes the excess paint. Chopsticks are available from Bergeon, for 29.95 a set, or, from your kitchen drawer.....
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Yes the repainting is the easy part, as holonalu points out. I don't even bother with the acetone because I get to the rubbing off after no more than a minute. I use Testors model paint enamel.


To me, the plating situation is just patina. It is what it is. The watch has history and real life has set in. Replating is a ton of money when done right.
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Yes the repainting is the easy part, as holonalu points out. I don't even bother with the acetone because I get to the rubbing off after no more than a minute. I use Testors model paint enamel.


To me, the plating situation is just patina. It is what it is. The watch has history and real life has set in. Replating is a ton of money when done right.
You make a good point. I'll have to give that some thought. The underlying metal appears to be brass, so I don't think I want to remove the rest of the plating because I don't think a brass colored case would be to my liking. So, the question is to "restore" the case, or let it tell its story.

I appreciate your point of view.
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You make a good point. I'll have to give that some thought. The underlying metal appears to be brass, so I don't think I want to remove the rest of the plating because I don't think a brass colored case would be to my liking. So, the question is to "restore" the case, or let it tell its story.

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