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GMT restored to its former Glory

Started by Butch, March 25, 2013, 08:55:40 AM


I just got this

Hello Butch,

Some time ago I posted a picture on your website of my 1968 vintage GMT which had been botched by a jeweler that did a repair on it about 40 years ago.  At the time you suggested that I purchase a running GMT for parts and have my watch restored using the parts watch.  You also recommended that I have BWG do the work on it because you had favorable results from them.  I followed your recommendation and I want you to know that I could not be happier with the results!  I asked BWG to retain as much of the "character" of my original GMT because that watch served me well through 2 tours in Vietnam and I wanted it as a keepsake.  The first picture here is of my original watch after the botched repair and the second picture is after the restore.  The parts watch that I bought was listed as having a gold plated bezel ring but when I sent it out to BWG he informed me that the bezel ring was actually gold, not just plated.  I asked BWG to hold the left over parts because I was contemplating buying another parts watch from which we could build another GMT using the gold bezel.  Did you notice here how I allowed myself to slide right into making another Zodiac?  You are right Butch; it's not for the meek! At my request, BWG built a beautiful GMT with gold bezel ring, an original signed bracelet which he polished to make look new again and he did a custom design on the dial face which depicts the ribbon from the Republic of Vietnam service medal with the inscription "RVN Class of 1968 & '70" to commemorate my two tours in country.  BWG provided me two beautifully restored GMT's which I am extremely proud of and will always treasure. Thanks also to you Butch for steering me in the right direction and for the good advice you provided.

Best Regards,

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Quite the stunner you have there. The ribbon really lends itself to the gold bezel. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Congratulations and thanks for your service.

Edit: I was viewing this on my phone and just realized the op was a copy of a letter written to Butch. Oh well, hope he reads this.


I received your post cobber and thanks for your comments.  It is quite a different looking watch with the ribbon and inscription. 



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Quote from: qudsia on January 04, 2015, 08:58:27 AM
nice and good post
:welc   to the site and thanks for your comment. These two watches are in my weekly rotation and I wear each one at least two days a week. The GMT with the black leather strap has since been upgraded with a beautiful original stainless steel JB Champion Zodiac bracelet that I was lucky enough to purchase from VZ member DMH.    8) 

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