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    Project watch from a while ago.

    I've always been fond of the Rado Starliners, which are big clean vintage pieces dating from the late fifties until the late sixties. I picked up a junker one day It was sold as non-working and from the photos I thought it was a redial. Starliners generally came on quite unusual bracelets and this one did. I paid about what the bracelet was worth and that is actually what I wanted. This is what arrived. It is one of the 38mm sizes.







    The crystal is a disaster. The first surprise is an unpleasant one- a lot of what looks like dirt and grime is actually corrosion and scratches. The bracelet is dreadful.


    The next surprise is nice:



    The dial is in really nice shape. and not a redial.


    Every surface of the watch was cleaned, sanded and polished, all by hand to keep the sharp edges. I like to put it back together, photograph it and see how it's coming. This is after the first clean and sand:



    The edges are nice and sharp, but there are still swirls. There is also another nice surprise. When I put this back together:



    The very clean 30J AS 1879 started working. It could use a service but it definitely runs and keeps reasonable time.

    A second buffing and I did a little polish on the hands and a few touch ups to the case.







    Once again:

    Then:


    Now:


    The factory bracelet turned out a treat. Even the corrosion around the clasp is gone.


    Last edited by Henry Krinkle; Jan 16, 2015 at 09:59 PM.

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    Wow- what a transformation -great job.
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    Wow Henry, it looks fantastic!

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    Impressive results, Henry

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    Fantastic. Night and day difference. Very nice work.
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    Methinks Sir is being a little modest
    That's a cracking job

    I'm particularly impressed with the 'STARLINER' appliqué - How did you get it to look so good ? Was it just a case of cleaning it ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crownpuller View Post
    Methinks Sir is being a little modest
    That's a cracking job

    I'm particularly impressed with the 'STARLINER' appliqué - How did you get it to look so good ? Was it just a case of cleaning it ?
    Yes, it simply required a careful clean with a Q-tip. The gunge buffed off no problem.

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