On holiday, I found a beautiful vintage Ordiam with, I think, a blue enamel dial. The enamel has a few spots of damage around the 1 indices and the date window. Does anyone know if this is repairable, and how I might go about it? Thanks Crunchers
Upon reflection, I think this is probably a painted dial, not enamel. I suppose it would be possible to find someone to touch it up with a similar colour on those tiny blemishes around the date window and first indices, but I would need to get a watchmaker to dismantle the watch first and then send off the dial on its own to someone to restore, then send that back to the watchmaker to put back together again. Quite complicated but doable I suppose.
Possibly @Aurelian might have more knowledge about what might be required for a restoration of this magnitude…?
The patina is just perfect!
Thanks. I would welcome ideas from @Aurelian . I’m not sure ‘restoration of this magnitude’ is quite what I had in mind, though. I love the patina on this dial but wonder if the tiny specks which have flecked off could be approximated and little blobs of similar paint applied in just those places.
Thanks, I agree, it is what first drew me to the watch. Then I noticed how brilliant the seconds hand was, and the complicated case shape, and the bracelet. I love this thing!
I agree, patina looks awesome and I wouldn’t completely change it. Not sure how one goes about restoring only partial damage though.
You are testing the outer bounds of my knowledge. Out here I have only opinions and educated guesses.
I believe that the dial has been painted with an enamel paint. I don't know if it was original or painted during a restoration of some sort. I have seen a few like this recently, where there is a lightness around the applied indices. I believe that indicates that there is an uneven surface tension around the indices, which were applied first. That makes me think that it is a restoration/redial. Ordinarily, the dial would be uniform when the indices were applied. Every similar watch that I have seen like this is from roughly the same era. That blue may have been very popular for a short time in the early 1970's. (I have seen a Bucherer and a Helbros with this same blue, applied the same way.)
I think that all it really needs is a steady hand with some enamel paint. You just can't glop it on. Ideally, the hands and dial would be removed so that there would be no danger of marking the date wheel.
Thanks for the tips @Aurelian . I'll start researching enamel paint to try to find a near match, then II'll look for a watchmaker who might be able to perform the task! If anyone knows anyone... 😊
I'd leave it if it was mine, the damage is small and adds to its vintage slightly battered look. Where did you pick this up? In my head you were walking around a French fleamarket and it was sitting on a straw covered weather beaten table amongst mismatched cutlery and chipped dinner plates.
I wish. It was a fancy boutique in St Malo - I paid too much, but I just couldn't not get it, it was love at first sight. I almost certainly will leave it, but want to explore my options.
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