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General Zodiac Discussion / Different Color Lume on Vintage Seawolf Dial and Hands
« Last post by meeko835 on December 19, 2017, 10:33:22 AM »
I am just getting into Zodiac Seawolfs and am having some trouble determining if some of the dials I am seeing have been relumed. Can anybody shed some light on this subject? Is it common to see vintage Seawolfs with different color lume on the hands than the dial and have it be original? Thanks to anyone who wants to help!
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Watch Stories / Re: After nine long months, I finally got my babies!
« Last post by Willsonjamee1 on December 18, 2017, 05:19:30 AM »
It's a pretty vintage watch.
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Vintage Zodiacs For Sale - Pre 1999 / Re: FS: Zodiac Red Dot Diver
« Last post by Willsonjamee1 on December 18, 2017, 05:18:06 AM »
It's a pretty clock, I have one.
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Vintage Zodiacs For Sale - Pre 1999 / SOLD; Triple Date Auto
« Last post by jmh86325 on December 17, 2017, 07:17:07 PM »
Sold, thank you Tom and thanks also to Butch for giving us a place to hang out.....
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Vintage Zodiacs For Sale - Pre 1999 / Re: FS: Triple Date Auto
« Last post by showpig on December 16, 2017, 09:02:15 PM »
Will do, Jose.
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Vintage Zodiacs For Sale - Pre 1999 / Re: FS: Triple Date Auto
« Last post by jmh86325 on December 16, 2017, 08:03:26 PM »
 thank you...send me your PP contact info to my email address and i can invoice you
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Vintage Zodiacs For Sale - Pre 1999 / Re: FS: Triple Date Auto
« Last post by showpig on December 16, 2017, 04:48:44 PM »
I'll Take It.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Lesson learned
« Last post by Ultra-Vintage on December 15, 2017, 10:09:40 AM »
I have heard all kinds of stories of people cleaning dials with anything from water to steel wool to lighter fluid......

My biggest piece of advice to anyone is do not touch a vintage dial with anything.  A light cleaning is what can safely be done (at best), and some dials cannot even take that.  Each dial is a special case, because how the dial has aged and its possible fragility is a combination of its original manufacture (the type of background finish/plating, the laquer used, whether the lacquer was too thin/too thick), and the environment it has been in over its life (damage, moisture, chemical exposure from hacks etc).

Dials make watches, period.  Of the watches that collectors care about, most of the value within them is held in the dial.
 The case or movement having issues can often be corrected to some extent.  The dial, not so much, and it is only original once.  So any attempt to do anything crazy to try and clean a dial is essentially gambling with a majority of the value of the watch.  Potential cleaners beware.......

 :SB:
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Lesson learned
« Last post by Butch on December 14, 2017, 10:24:05 AM »
Thanks for the answer. Most will not even touch a dial, just blow it off with a bulb befor reassembling.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Lesson learned
« Last post by YuriyV on December 14, 2017, 10:10:29 AM »
Tritium luminescent compound on markers is extremely sensitive to water. It dissolves almost immediately. Especially in warm water. The same for paint and varnish. They are not water resistant.
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