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Managed to escape to the workshop for a couple of hours yesterday...took this tired old 6119-7180 from October ‘69 with me:



A new crystal and a light case refinish and it’s ready for us next half century...




Fifty years young! (Need to give the bracelet a more thorough clean though!)
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Hard to believe the crystal got that hammered. That was a working man's watch.
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It came out looking great. I've been working on a few. Those late 60's 6119's are great watches. Did these 2 last week.

6119-8160 April and August 1968



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Got this 6119-7160 on the bench at the moment.

 

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My dad's Pogue... He wore the watch to work as a machinist and the crystal took a beating. I was amazed to see the watch after a new crystal. :)
wow wow wow. very nice. that is a special watch - used as it was intended in the day ...
 

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Love the 8160 Jerry. I have these that have been waiting just no time to do em yet. But I am not complaining. Hopefully I'll do the 7625 next Sunday or something.



Also this 6619 has been waiting too long. It is in bits but all there ready.


Thanks Guy, I've got that same 7625 to do as well. The markers on the dial ring are gone. The quarter markers were easy enough to redo, but the minute hashes I can't get right.

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My dad's Pogue... He wore the watch to work as a machinist and the crystal took a beating. I was amazed to see the watch after a new crystal. :)
Very nice, and the sentimental value is priceless.

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Well done. Man that is a beautiful dial under that scratched up crystal!

Managed to escape to the workshop for a couple of hours yesterday...took this tired old 6119-7180 from October ‘69 with me:



A new crystal and a light case refinish and it’s ready for us next half century...




Fifty years young! (Need to give the bracelet a more thorough clean though!)
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Awesome work.

The crystal change/polish is obviously notable, but I'm interested in what you did to get the case in order? It appears that you did a very careful/respectful polish of the case? If so, can you discuss your process?
 

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It came out looking great. I've been working on a few. Those late 60's 6119's are great watches. Did these 2 last week.

6119-8160 April and August 1968



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Got this 6119-7160 on the bench at the moment.

One of my favourite cases Zeke, I have it in the 7625, 7005 and 6119 variants and a few different dial colours...
Here’s one of them:
 

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Awesome work.

The crystal change/polish is obviously notable, but I'm interested in what you did to get the case in order? It appears that you did a very careful/respectful polish of the case? If so, can you discuss your process?
There is a very fine line when restoring a case, you want to give it back some of its original glory, but not remove all of its history or any crisp lines that remain - you don’t want it to end up like one of those overpolished blobs that fill eBay!

I use a few tools to gently remove the worst ravages of time, I generally start with excel sanding sticks with a few of the fine belts


Then move to homemade sanding sticks with wet and dry ranging from 1800 to 12000. At present these are wet & dry glued to icy pole (popsicle?) sticks, but I’m in the process of crafting some brass ones for future jobs.

I finish with a felt drum attached to a bench vice mounted dremel, some autosol and a very light touch.

Most importantly of all, I take it slow and use bucket loads of patience...

Hope that’s of use,
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One of my favourite cases Zeke, I have it in the 7625, 7005 and 6119 variants and a few different dial colours...

Here’s one of them:

Looks sweet! I still have the 7625 to finish. I haven't seen a 7005 yet other than a 'poor mans' MAS.

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There is a very fine line when restoring a case, you want to give it back some of its original glory, but not remove all of its history or any crisp lines that remain - you don’t want it to end up like one of those overpolished blobs that fill eBay!

I use a few tools to gently remove the worst ravages of time, I generally start with excel sanding sticks with a few of the fine belts


Then move to homemade sanding sticks with wet and dry ranging from 1800 to 12000. At present these are wet & dry glued to icy pole (popsicle?) sticks, but I’m in the process of crafting some brass ones for future jobs.

I finish with a felt drum attached to a bench vice mounted dremel, some autosol and a very light touch.

Most importantly of all, I take it slow and use bucket loads of patience...

Hope that’s of use,
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I'll have to get a set of those. I use popsicle sticks wrapped with whatever grit sandpaper I need. Keeping it flat on the surface plane saves those sharp edges. Felt paper works great with a large grit polishing paste, it holds the paste well when wet, leather for finer grit. I learned early on to avoid using my fingers to polish, too much inconsistency and rounds the edges.

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