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I'll try here first, since the IWC guys seem more about contemporary stuff...

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Does anyone have a similar IWC with the original finish on the case? I think the flat surrounding area against the crystal is polished? Are the lugs circular brush or vertical? Are the sides polished or brushed?

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Hi there,

many manufacturers used the fried egg sunny side up design beginning in the late 60s, and I guess I've never seen anything but polished area around the crystal and the rest vertically brushed. IWC was no ecxeption; here some examples:





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I have seen the circular brush on the Movado below, which is either original or masterfully refinished.

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Hard to see, but the bezel is polished and the lugs have a circular brush finish. Note: I no longer own this watch.
 

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Great looking IWC watch you have, I know some omegas did certain brushed designs but think this cant be down right without the right machine. Also try doing a google search on 60s IWC and pick images at the side of the search this will help in finding out what others were like.
 

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Great looking IWC watch you have, I know some omegas did certain brushed designs but think this cant be down right without the right machine. Also try doing a google search on 60s IWC and pick images at the side of the search this will help in finding out what others were like.
The factory brushed finish is nearly impossible to reproduce. I just try to get close, using the abrasive blocks found at a beauty supply store. They are about an inch square and four inches long, obviously designed for fingernail finishing. They come in different coarseness, and they're easy to handle due to the size. I don't get much grain, but it does make it satin-finish as opposed to polished.

I'm never sure which google images reflect the original finish. I just went with vertical.

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Admittedly hard to see in this old gen iPhone pic.
 

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Nice work! Do you have an online source for the abrasive blocks?
 

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Nice work! Do you have an online source for the abrasive blocks?
I do not. I looked them up to find out they are called nail sanding blocks. They are for manicures? Someone on the forum recommended them. If you don't have a local beauty supply store, I guess just search nail sanding blocks on the Internet. They're cheap, like way under a dollar each. I got coarse, medium and fine, but even the coarse one doesn't show any grain.
 
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