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Does anybody have experience with watchdials.com? Looking to have a vintage Lecoultre dial with small second hand refinished.
 

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Ask if they have the exact artwork. Don't do it there if not. There are companies who will be able to re-do it as original factory finish. If you're going to re-do the dial, you have to know that this will be likely to reduce the value to a collector (although not necessarily to the public), but it will really strip out value if not done perfectly. Ask. Ask others. Never settle for less than perfection. See previous threads on this forum for advice and opinion on rival companies.
 

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Just looking at the samples of redials offered on their website indicates that their attention to detail is not that great. The first watch is a 23 jewel Bulova. The 23 is thicker on the redial and the font used doesn't look correct. The redial says chronometer where it originally did not. The cross hairs on the sub dial do not match the original. The second watch is an Accurist. The comparison indicates that the redial uses a simple sans serif font where the remnants on the original appear to be more flamboyant. You can also see that the indices markers have been polished and rounded. The sharp ridge lines are gone on the redial. The third sample, the Stetson also uses the wrong font. They did a nice job with the dots of luminescent paint though. The fourth sample presented is an Omega Seamaster. You can't compare the before and after for font accuracy. The markers have been polished and rounded. The luminescent pant dots look swell.

Presentation of samples is one time that a company has complete control of their products message. They chose these specific watch faces to be representative of their craftsmanship. Each dial is not complicated. No multi-colored chronograph dials are shown. That omission is noteworthy.
 

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Wow, impressive noticing :) Thanks... I will post an image of my vintage Lecoultre once my watchmaker finishes c&l.... for further advice on dial.... :)
 

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Just looking at the samples of redials offered on their website indicates that their attention to detail is not that great. The first watch is a 23 jewel Bulova. The 23 is thicker on the redial and the font used doesn't look correct. The redial says chronometer where it originally did not. The cross hairs on the sub dial do not match the original. The second watch is an Accurist. The comparison indicates that the redial uses a simple sans serif font where the remnants on the original appear to be more flamboyant. You can also see that the indices markers have been polished and rounded. The sharp ridge lines are gone on the redial. The third sample, the Stetson also uses the wrong font. They did a nice job with the dots of luminescent paint though. The fourth sample presented is an Omega Seamaster. You can't compare the before and after for font accuracy. The markers have been polished and rounded. The luminescent pant dots look swell.

Presentation of samples is one time that a company has complete control of their products message. They chose these specific watch faces to be representative of their craftsmanship. Each dial is not complicated. No multi-colored chronograph dials are shown. That omission is noteworthy.
Totally agree on the Bulova, and Stetson, the Omega, it could be a different dial, as the original is so distressed.
Well pointed out
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