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My grandfather passed away earlier this year, and my grandmother gave me his 1950's LeCoultre that has been sitting in his dresser since the 70's. It is the only time I have even known him to spoil himself... but he could never get it to keep accurate time, and my grandmother was constantly taking it in to get fixed. I had never seen him wear the watch, but immediately decided I would restore it. After some debate, I decided to also get the dial refinished. I know that can lower resale value, but I can't see myself ever selling it, and would hope to pass it down. I also opted to not send to JLC-- besides the fact, I'm not sure they would restore an American Market watch-- I didn't want to fork over the amount they'd charge.

It's much smaller than my other pieces, and I'm not one for gold... But it's a fine looking watch. My watch maker also noticed an aftermarket spring that got added at some point, and was able to replace with an original! I just got it back today, so interested on what kind of time it will keep.

Needless to say, very happy with the finished product.

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It's currently running at about +12 seconds/day. Not great, but I can live with that for a gold dress watch.
 

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Looks great. Who refinished the dial?
I had the watch serviced and restored at Blackman's Jewelry in Newport Beach. They sent the dial out of house to me refinished. I can't remember the name, but was in Rancho Cucamonga.
 

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congrats on a great timepiece
 
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