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Hello guys,

I was kind of lucky last Sunday. Following the advice of a good and experienced member of this wonderful forum I went safari on antique shops and a flea market.

For 45 euros I bought without second thought an Atlantic Varldsmastarur. It works fine but the dial has significant wear. Does it worth restoring it? Any good restorer that you have used and can be recommended for his work and logical prices?

Many thanks for your help.

Antonis



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The dial doesn't look so bad as to really need repair. OK, so it is spotty and if you prefer pristine, you'd have it done. At the same time, it would not be worth it economically. It would cost money while at the same time reducing the value (already not excessive) for resale and if you wait long enough, you will find another one of that type in better condition anyway.

The movement is by Adolf Schild, by the way:

bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: AS 1188

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Thank you all for the replies. After all I would agree Hartmut, it is not so bad it is just that the spots look like moulding, perhaps they are a result of this? I saw the other day a totally restored one sold for 330, which I find excessive. I might look around for a dial in a better condition. If you come across anything and you still recall our discussion please feel free to post or send a message.

Many thanks again for your views!

Antonjs


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There might be a problem with sourcing a whole new dial for one of these... They are not rare, they were very popular (especially in the Eastern Bloc and in Sweden- Valrdsmastarur is the Swedish market version)- but I would be surprised if the stashes of dials haven't dried up yet. The manufacturer quite certainly does not provide spare dials... If you're really set on redialing, you might want to look for a restorer based in Poland, Czech Republic or Hungary- Atlantic was very popular there, and every now and then I see redialed Atlantics from there surface on eBay. And these redials are terrifyingly accurate.
You can also keep an eye on Atlantic dials surfacing on eBay, but I don't know what are the chances of finding the right dial. Because remember, that these dials were installed on a few different movements, mainly by ETA or A. Schild- but I don't think there is a way of knowing, for what movement was a particular dial intended. A dial for a 17-jewel ETA and a 17-jewel AS would not be anyhow different in terms of the markings, so...
 

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I think I would just have to see it in person. It's a nice watch. It's a bit on the rough side for me, but it doesn't seem too bad. Maybe all it needs is just a nice distressed black strap.
 
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If you rally like it, yes, but the cost will be far more than you paid for it. You already made a big mistake by winding it.
Thanks. I am ready to pay the same amount even more if this can make this stains go away. By the way, in what sense I did a mistake by winding it?


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There might be a problem with sourcing a whole new dial for one of these... They are not rare, they were very popular (especially in the Eastern Bloc and in Sweden- Valrdsmastarur is the Swedish market version)- but I would be surprised if the stashes of dials haven't dried up yet. The manufacturer quite certainly does not provide spare dials... If you're really set on redialing, you might want to look for a restorer based in Poland, Czech Republic or Hungary- Atlantic was very popular there, and every now and then I see redialed Atlantics from there surface on eBay. And these redials are terrifyingly accurate.
You can also keep an eye on Atlantic dials surfacing on eBay, but I don't know what are the chances of finding the right dial. Because remember, that these dials were installed on a few different movements, mainly by ETA or A. Schild- but I don't think there is a way of knowing, for what movement was a particular dial intended. A dial for a 17-jewel ETA and a 17-jewel AS would not be anyhow different in terms of the markings, so...
Thank you Mike. Indeed they are not rare, but they are not very common in western Europe. Most of them I managed to find them in Polish websites. There might be a way to associate movements with dial variations. Their website has a technical section which provides amazing details:

http://www.atlantic-watches.ch/technical-history.html?file=tl_files/content/downloads/the-history-of-a-famous-brand.pdf


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