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    Hi Guys,

    A customer recently sent in his JLC Mk.11 which had been left to him by his late uncle.

    The watch was issued to his uncle while he was on RAF service in Singapore during the 1950's.

    The Singapore climate had taken its toll as you can see from the 'before' pics.

    A complete strip and clean plus the lume renewed and it is running very nicely --

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    Last edited by dave; 07-06-2016 at 14:56. Reason: title.

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    Just lovely. Well done .

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    Very nice indeed

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    Congratulations on the excellent restoration. What did you do to get rid of the nasty rust without damaging the dial, etc.?
    Bill in Sacramento

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    Wow!!...What a transformation.
    Great to see.
    Kind regards,
    Nick.

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    Hi Bill,
    The majority of what you see is lume debris and loose particles of rust from the hands. The dial paint was actually in good condition.
    With a good clean up and re-lume of the dial and hands it scrubbed up nicely.
    Andy

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    Awesome restore of my favorite watch reference. Just the perfect amount of sympathy that doesn't destroy the original look of the watch bit makes it totally functional.

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    Default B/97

    Interesting that the case back has a B/97 marking, which was thought to be a decommissioning mark. Any anecdotal evidence about that, by any chance?
    Lovely clean up job.
    Regards,
    Martin (isologue)

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    that's absolutely great stuff there Andy - thanks for sharing.

    and the serial number is only 4 away from mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by isologue View Post
    Interesting that the case back has a B/97 marking, which was thought to be a decommissioning mark. Any anecdotal evidence about that, by any chance?...
    Martin, don't know who said it originally but this is what is written:

    Some have speculated that it signifies that it is a decommission mark of some kind with the watches being released to the public in 1997?
    in my opinion another myth or fable that has been floating around for much too long.

    most of the JLC Mark 11s were sold off as surplus in the '60s.

    I myself have one with the B/97 marking that was bought way before 1997.

    the watch in the OP will also go to debunk this myth.

    still it would be nice to know what the B/97 marking does actually mean.

    it appears on about 25% of the recorded RAF watches.

    we will probably never know unless Ken manages to dig something up for us.

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    Nicely done

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    Incredible transformation, Andy. Very well done, as usual.

    Myron

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    I just checked the JLC Mark 11 tracking page (http://www.markeleven.com) and this watch isn't in the table yet. Please ask the owner to add this now beautifully restored timepiece to the tracking page by contacting Zaf or Paul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    in my opinion another myth or fable that has been floating around for much too long.

    most of the JLC Mark 11s were sold off as surplus in the '60s.

    I myself have one with the B/97 marking that was bought way before 1997.

    the watch in the OP will also go to debunk this myth.

    still it would be nice to know what the B/97 marking does actually mean.

    it appears on about 25% of the recorded RAF watches.

    we will probably never know unless Ken manages to dig something up for us.
    Thanks for the extra info, Dave. Interesting. At times, I idly think about starting a general thread along the lines of 'what do we think we know but actually don't'? It might get messy though.

    Regards,

    Martin (isologue)

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    Hi Guys,
    Thank you for all the kind comments.
    Not sure what the B/97 stands for but given the history of this watch the decommissioning theory seems not to stack up.
    I will let the owner know about the data-base and see if he would like to include the watch on there.
    Andy

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    Wow, thats a great restoration! Where can I find your restoration services?

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    Hi there - you can contact me by email at aleftley@aol.com
    Thanks,
    Andy

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    Could you restore my wife to how she looked when she was 19?
    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under 4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for 5. Recently their price seems to have risen to 8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    Sure - send some detailed pics of what you are hoping to achieve and I will provide an estimate for the work required which would of course include an extensive test and trials session in my workshop on completion
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revo View Post
    Could you restore my wife to how she looked when she was 19?
    I shall keep you in my prayers, should Mrs. Revo ever find that post!

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