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Here's a little Stolkase 9k gold cased A Schild 554 from 1939 that I renovated a few weeks ago. It belongs to a (different) forum members wife and was her fathers watch originally. She told me she gets it out of the drawer and looks at it occasionally as it's the only material possession she has of her fathers. She never imagined it could ever run again.

Here it is when I received it.





A non runner, no crystal, seconds hand missing and the dial very worn.

I told her I'd do my best. Here's the movement before stripping.



It just needed a full service and the balance cock straightening as it bent upwards. Luckily I got it straight without any issues.





The movement back together and ticking away nicely, waiting for a replacement seconds hand in blued steel to arrive from the USA.



A crystal was sourced and the case polished. I asked her if she wanted the dial refinishing and she said she would, so it was sent off with the instructions to get it as near as possible to the original design.

I renovated the strap and made some new brass clips as the originals had rotted. Once the dial came back it was time to assemble it and get it sent back.







When she unpacked it she told me she was so overcome with emotion that she burst into tears! She now wears it for high days and holidays. :)
 

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Superb work and a lovely little watch :) Nice cause as Tony said already. Did you get the company in North London to do the dial restore? by the way I can normally get hands. I make clock hands and blue them but watches are a bit fiddly :) Excellent work.
 

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I use a company in Chelmsford to do any dial refinishing for me, I've heard of Soni in Wembley but I've never had occasion to use him yet. I have a huge selection of blued seconds hands now in 4 different pinion sizes, I bought a shed load from an American chap who has mountains of veteran parts!
 

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I use a company in Chelmsford to do any dial refinishing for me, I've heard of Soni in Wembley but I've never had occasion to use him yet. I have a huge selection of blued seconds hands now in 4 different pinion sizes, I bought a shed load from an American chap who has mountains of veteran parts!
Give me a shout if you decided to use anyone else as I have a friend in the watch game over this neck of the woods who has had a few bad experience with one of the restorers but I can't remember who he said.

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I must say duncan, I could not believe the transformation and can understand the owners emotion. It brought a tear to my eye too. The watch is nice in its own right.
 

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Marvelous! What's the process for refinishing the dial? I guess it's been stripped back to the metal and then painted? Is the layout / design then created on a computer and machine printed? Don't tell me it's all done by hand...?
 

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Lovely story and amazing transformation. On a side note I've often longed for a blued second hand for one of my stainless steel 7005-2000s. Anyone know if this is easily achieved?
 

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Lovely story and amazing transformation. On a side note I've often longed for a blued second hand for one of my stainless steel 7005-2000s. Anyone know if this is easily achieved?
The way to blue steel is to highly polish it then heat it so it changes colour then when it's at the colour (or near to) that you want you stuff it into water and voila. I make and blue all my clock hands on site. Never done watch hands but I'd guess instead of 30 minutes at gas mk7 your talking more like a couple of minutes. There are also chemicals to blue steel but those suck in my humble. You can't beat heat treated hands for absolute beauty.
 

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Wow,what a beautifull transformation :bravo_2:
 

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