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Old 02-12-2018, 02:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 7548 that has mould/ mildew / black discolouration on the hands and also a spot on the 6 O'clock marker.

What are the options to clean them up?

I have ordered some AM hands but would prefer to keep it genuine as every other part is still genuine including the broken strap (AFAIK).
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A photo would help
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Here you go.
If its mould/mildew, then would some bleach them up ( removed from dial first of course)?

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The hands look OK. The lume would need replacing. You can remove blackening to hands to an extent, but it often leaves a rusty looking area if the plating has been sufficiently eroded.

With those I'd suggest they need reluming properly after careful removal of the original stuff. Bleach I doubt will work but not tried it. Likelihood will be that the lume is destroyed further as a result.
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The hands can definitely be saved but it's a very fiddly job... Is it really worth it ?
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Sorry, I should have asked if the lume can be saved.

Is it worth it? Well yeah, if it can keep original parts in the watch.

I have done relumes before. I guess with this I could just go lite on the lume to keep the hands white. Or just put in the AM hands.
I'll probably try the bleach. unless someone can suggest a better way to save the lume.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Would keep the original instead of putting some AM hands on . At least buy new seiko hands. The hands for the padi works.
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