For me it'd have to be a restoration (if that's even possible). It's too far gone to get away with as wabi
No expert but totally agree.For me it'd have to be a restoration (if that's even possible). It's too far gone to get away with as wabi
I'm in the colonies, so I'm waiting for a quote from Kirk Rich in LA. But I may check davidbill out. Thanks!You could try
They seem to do some amazing work, but I doubt it'd be cheap!
Thanks. I have contemplated that too... Don't know why I'm so indecisive. It's just such a great little watch with a big part of history I sort of feel like I'm desecrating it if I restore it... Pretty Silly I guess...:undecided:I'd vote for polishing the markers to remove surface rust and sealing the dial to arrest future deteriation, but leaving everything else as is.
The lume isn't in too bad shape, and the surface of the dial looks amazing.
Cool dial - congrats.
I think that pretty much sums it up perfectly. I have no problem with a little character on vintage items. I also collect muscle cars and this new "ratrod" thing going on primarily on the west coast is a total joke in my opinion. To me "ratrods" are nothing more than rusty ugly junk that runs.As with many other things (classic motorcyles & cars for example) there is an increasing movement to preserve (up to a certain point) rather than restore. I would suggest that this dial has exceeded that point.
Well I hope you take this in the friendly manor it is meant in but is it no coincidence that you live in Southern California which is the home of the "ratrod" movement and the in thing is only restoring the mechanics of automobiles and such? Up here in New England if your driving something old worn out and beat up it just means you can't afford to have it restored yet. I'm not knocking it. All that matters is if you like it but it is strange how different vintage things are viewed on the West Coast as opposed to the East Coast.I just plain disagree about this dial being too 'far gone' / rusty old junk.
If the applied Seiko logo was degraded and/or the dial text was worn/missing/illegible, then I'd be on the same page.
But.. despite all the aging/wear on the dial, the logo and text are clear as day, which is pretty amazing.
As the watch is, I think it looks great, and it would bum me out to see it painted over.