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Repaint the bezel or not

  • Repaint it

    Votes: 9 30.0%
  • Remove remaining paint and leave it 'stealth'

    Votes: 8 26.7%
  • Leave it as it is for now

    Votes: 13 43.3%

  • Total voters
    30
  • Poll closed .
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Loveley DW-6100 arrived today, so i thought i'd give it a good clean up as i do all second hand watches.

My usual method is a short soak in oxy action to take off most of the dirt, followed by a once over with an old electric toothbrush (the kind with the oscillating head)

Dismantled the 6100, along with a nice yellow DW-9500US that also arrived today and put the parts into a little tub. In goes a bit of oxy-action powder and some hot water.

Now my golden rule is to not leave the watches in too hot a water temp for too long, otherwise there's a risk of paint coming away from the bezel lettering.....................forgot all about it today and left them both in for about 1/2hr!!!!!!

Fished out the bits............9500 suffered no ill effects. However the lettering on the 6100 bezel was lifting as i pulled it out of the water!! :oops:

Rather than have a bezel with only half the words painted in, i decided to attack it with the toothbrush ;-) and got nearly all the paint out before the battery died.

I was going to repaint the bezel (raid the wifes nail varnish supplies) but am now thinking that it doesn't look at all bad, sans paint. I might just wait for the toothbrush to charge up and take out the remnants of the paint. For some reason the paint where it says '[email protected] didn't budge, but i kind of like it there on its own :-!

What do you guys think?????

After i removed paint (Don't have a before)


Excellent lume!!!!! b-)


With a couple of other recent arrivals
 

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I like the stealth look. I'd leave it that way for now and then if you get tired of it, paint away.

Nice looking watch.
 

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True, it's there already, no harm in leaving it like that :-d

Downloaded the manual.............am really loving the functionality of this watch, more than just the simple watch/thermo combo that i thought it was :-!

Rusty
 

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i think it looks quite nice and agree with the 'leave as is and change later if feeling tired' view.

and i think that this should also be one of the options on the poll.
why not have a 'leave as is' available ? that's how i would vote...
 

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I took the liberty of adding an option to the poll so I could vote. :)

Power crazy, these Moderators...
 

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I think it looks great!
What is that word, darn it... one word to describe the wear on a fine pen or jewlery that makes it look nice... something like pateen....

-Gawain
 

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Patina? i think it means a layer of corrosion on copper based metals, but is also used in the context of any kind of age related marks that add character. Seem to see it used a lot in Seiko forums, people mention the patina on their dials and lume.

The more i look at this watch, the more i'm loving it. Was never going to remove the paint from the word 'THERMOMETER' just thinking of tidying up the other words with a bit of paint left in them.

Rusty
 

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I voted before the 3rd option was there. I think it looks fine how it is. |> I'm not that fussed either way about stealth, but I think it looks at least as good as it would with the paint.
 

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I am in a silly mood today.... ;-)
 

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I could change your vote.
Please do, I like it how it is.

Change his vote to however it was I voted... eh?
Now now Gawain, it's not like he's offering a bribe. The watch he sent me was clearly marked as a retail sample. ;-)
 

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Watch is staying as it is :). I like this watch more and more, very impressed for a 1992 watch, even the light, though poor by todays standards, is sufficient in a retro kind of way :-!

Rusty
 
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