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    Mmmmm - he did mention that it would probably need a full service !!!!!!

    Well at least the lug number matches !

    Andy





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    ooh ...dat's naaasty

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    Reminds of the time when Enzo from GMWF restored a tutima chrono dug up from a crash site. It was amazing what he accomplished. Good luck Andy at least movement parts are available.

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    Reminds me of the time lambstew was confronted with this :

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    Good luck Andy and hopefully as Paul says that you can source the parts..👍🏻

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    At least the best looking part is the bridge with the serial number!

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    Well, the case might clean up. Maybe.

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    Very cool, Andy. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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    I wouldn't get my hopes up for that dial being useable, but the case should be ok after a bath in acid.

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    As "Foil Guy" said, this is going to rival Enzo's restoration of the crash site "Tutima." What a challenge! Joe A.

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    Good luck Andy, let me know if you run out of pegwood!

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    Awesome!

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    I like the little serifs to the W.W.W markings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GilesFrampton View Post
    I like the little serifs to the W.W.W markings!
    Serifs eh ... Never realised those little sticky out bits even had a name ....

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    I can only imagine the emotion after a struggle to get that open and to be confronted with that

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    Good luck, and I look forward to continuing to watch this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GilesFrampton View Post
    I like the little serifs to the W.W.W markings!
    Quote Originally Posted by ceanag View Post
    Serifs eh ... Never realised those little sticky out bits even had a name ....
    Aha, I knew I'd seen that font somewhere:



    It's so humbling just to think about the skills required to tackle a project of this magnitude. Godspeed! I'm looking forward to future updates with great anticipation.

    - Matt

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    Matt, here's a little closer match, I think the watch was more likely issued to the staff here, maybe it fell from Wally's wrist into the water when the hot dogs were cooking up...........


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    Well -

    Thank you to you all for your encouraging comments but the owner has now decided he does not want to proceed with the restoration and prefers to sell it.

    The really good news is that John Senior has now bought it to restore and he tells me he has all the required parts.

    I was disappointed in a way as I was looking forward to the challenge but I have enough work here to keep me going for the rest of the year and I know John will make a superb job of it as with all of his work.

    Andy

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    glad it's gone to a good home.

    hopefully John will put some pics up when the resto is complete.

    figure the finder would have been more than happy with the scrap settlement.

    were there any late service marks inside the case back I wonder?

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    Default LONGINES WWW ( resurrected )

    It was a struggle to get the movement out of the case, I ended up breaking the glass & forcing it out with the Robur
    glass press.
    Using a military movement that I had spare I salvaged the original main bridge to fit to it. The bridge was so badly discolored pitted & had lost its gilt finish after cleaning that I decided to make the rest of the bridges from the donor movement match it. I pickled them & then re gold plated them all so that they all more or less match for pitting & overall colour.
    I then fitted a new old stock dial, hands, glass, stem & crown.
    The case was pretty bad too with all 4 case bar ends loose, a gouge & dent on the bezel plus bruising to the sides so I got them laser welded.
    I refinished the case after getting it back from the welder this morning & here we have the results.

    BEFORE.

    case before lazer welding & refinishing.




    AFTER.









    FITTED WITH NICE VINTAGE NEW OLD STOCK PIGSKIN STRAP



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    Well now, that's damn fine John.

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