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Watch dial mod

Post by svaglic » January 18th 2023, 9:31am

Who here can change a watch dial? I have something I would like done and don’t trust myself. If someone here can change out a dial for me, please pm me? I will send you my idea in a pm and you can send me a price.
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Post by gerdson » January 18th 2023, 1:24pm

I would only touch my own watches. Reason being that things can go wrong. Hands can get damaged, dial get scratched. On really valuable vintage watches with difficult sparepart situation I know that even professional watchmakers dread the situation of pulling the hands. Swapping the dial and setting the hands back on is less critical. Try to find a good watchmaker, it won't take long and should not cost too much.
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Post by Nuvolari » January 18th 2023, 8:24pm

I share the same issues! I have a couple of dial protectors to prevent scratching the dial and you can put a thin film of plastic wrap (“Saran Wrap”) over the hands to prevent scratching - but re-installing hands, for me, is always such a damn gamble - about a 60% success rate based on the 5 hand/dial ‘enhancements’ I’ve meddled in…. Not enough pressure and they don’t seat right, can be unleveled & bind on each other and jack up the movement; More than enough pressure and you bust through the damn cannon pinion, at least I believe what rendered the movement useless.

You just need to find a mediocre jeweler…. For anyone with any actual watchmaker experience, it’s like a 10 minute job, easy peasy.

I think Gerdber and I have pretty much cornered the diminishing returns Watch labor market…

Though it is FUN to tinker if you don’t care about a complete disaster. Which you always say going into it expecting success - and then it’s so damn annoying to have to follow-through on the “not caring” in a total-loss setting. After all, it worked a minute ago before you decide to “improve” it… 😡
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Re: Watch dial mod

Post by svaglic » January 19th 2023, 8:31am

I will destroy it if I try. Racer pointed out the issues I’d have with a dial for one movement and a case and other movement lining up right. For now, it’s a pipe dream. If it can be done, I’ll have to pay someone who is good at mixing stuff and making it look good.
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Post by codguy » January 19th 2023, 8:57am

Am sure the Watchmakers of the Stars can handle your feat. They are highly respected by both Lord Smellody & Lord Conjurer.
All depends if the watchmakers have the time or desire.

FYI-they don't work on chronographs and don't know what you are working on.
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Re: Watch dial mod

Post by smellody » January 19th 2023, 9:15am

codguy wrote:
January 19th 2023, 8:57am
Am sure the Watchmakers of the Stars can handle your feat. They are highly respected by both Lord Smellody & Lord Conjurer.
All depends if the watchmakers have the time or desire.

FYI-they don't work on chronographs and don't know what you are working on.
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Re: Watch dial mod

Post by svaglic » January 19th 2023, 9:49am

It’s a cheapie idea, but the look (in my mind) would be cool.

My idea is combining a dial for a NH35
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To this case using these hands and movement (a pt5000 which is clone of an eta and sw200).
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I haven’t bought them yet, just looking at if it’s possible.
I would need to get a 3 date wheel, at the least, for the PT movement.
I like the case, bezel and hands, not the dial though so I thought a Ginza mod silver dial would look good, but it probably won’t line up without more mods being done.
Probably too much money to throw away.
It’s just a look I can’t get out of my head.
I have nice watches, but can’t stop playing around with cheapies.
I seriously doubt a reputable watch guy, like Smells guy, would agree to work on this.
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