The latest visitors to the Gasworks Spa...

So, whilst I summon the courage to post a refurb that didn't go quite so well... sorry @Aurelian ... here are a few bits I've been working on recently.

This one, a 6106 Actus SS from November 1969, came to me looking fairly tidy but running like a three legged dog... over cobbles... wearing clogs...

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All it really needed was a good service but where's the fun in that??

So I decided to refinish the case and apply some new, colourful lume.

Although the case had clearly been polished, it wasn't done particularly well. I also thought it would be nice to contrast the shiny bezel with a brushed case. I put it on a black, nu-buck leather strap which I think is rather marvelous. 😁 What do you think?

Lume is from Bergeon (which means it's no better than any other lume but costs 3 times as much) and although it appears blue it actually glows green...🤔

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This one is a 7006-7090 from October 1972. (I did an almost identical watch a little while back. That one had 21 jewels and ended up with @Guvnor64).

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This one has 19 jewels and was also in desperate need of a service

The case, although not awful, required a fair bit of work to look decent too. The less said about the bracelet, the better.

I left the case in high polished state (rather than brushed as with the SS above). Sometimes I brush, sometimes I don't... I'm just so fickle. 🤣

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That dial... 🥰...

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This next one, a 7009 from September 1985 (a relative pup) came to me looking a bit tired. The dial had flaked on the edge and the crystal was just... wrong. The case wasn't brilliant either.

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This was a relatively straightforward refurb but re-touching the edge of the dial with the tiniest paintbrush in history under 40x magnification was fun.

I'm really pleased with how this one turned out and I'm happy to report that it's found a new home in Dorset. Aww.

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...and finally...

This one, a 6119 UFO-ish case from January 1975 landed in my garden from space 👽 looking slightly worn and tired. The bracelet looked like it had tangled with an asteroid..

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The case was just... tired...

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Again, this was a fairly standard refurb and service. I did think about saving the bracelet and clasp but, to be honest, it was crap to start with and it's journey through the Milky Way had just compounded that crap-ness.

The dial on this one has a nice brushed effect and, after a decent polish and a horrendously expensive new crystal, I think it turned out OK...

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The movement is nice and clean now...

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...and it's running quite nicely...

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Anyway... that's enough nonsense from me for a while...

Next post... how it didn't go so well... and also an update on the Bellmatic saga... it's looking good now but still not working as well as I'd like...

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Laters lovely people ❤

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Great job as always Gareth. Always a pleasure to read your updates.

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Awesome work as usual!! You taking and interns or apprentices where can I apply ??! We can do zoom 😁🍻

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How bad could it be? Your standards are higher than mine.

Beautiful

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Aurelian

How bad could it be? Your standards are higher than mine.

Be afraid... be very afraid

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GasWorks

Be afraid... be very afraid

This is what I am expecting:

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Aurelian

This is what I am expecting:

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Yes... that's pretty much it in a nutshell. Same, well meaning intent, same omfg outcome.

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Master class work as usual, Gareth. Always a pleasure seeing your results. 👍

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Astounding work once again from the Master!

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Great work @GasWorks

That blue dial 👌🏻💙