Dial Cleaning ?

Joined: August 9th, 2014, 5:47 pm

April 13th, 2018, 2:58 pm #1

Dear All ,

I saw in several posts that some dials were cleaned ,

I always thought that making this was affecting the dial
like relumed dials for example .

Apparently I am wrong , I would like to know what is
allowed to do on a dial ?

Thanks in advance for your helps

Alain L.

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seve1945
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April 15th, 2018, 2:39 pm #2

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Xeramic
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April 15th, 2018, 7:47 pm #3

Dear All ,

I saw in several posts that some dials were cleaned ,

I always thought that making this was affecting the dial
like relumed dials for example .

Apparently I am wrong , I would like to know what is
allowed to do on a dial ?

Thanks in advance for your helps

Alain L.
http://www.network54.com/Forum/207593/t ... %3B25+dial...

Perhaps some sections of the thread might help.

Wouldn't touch a precious dial - or ANY if you're not a person with fine-motor skills, it's a delicate job. Some watchmakers are able to help, but don't trust in good intention only, any destruction is final... also think about losing the patina. Rather sell a bad candidate and look for a better one.

You can clean newer glossy dials with very smooth and clean microfibre (or the tips I've mentioned in the thread) - just breath on the dial and wipe fingerprints or dust quickly away. Never use cotton swabs, the cotton is too rough and scratches the lacquer. Matte dials: don't touch, except for dabbing (not rubbing) dust with Rodico away.

Greetings,
Xeramic
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Joined: August 9th, 2014, 5:47 pm

April 17th, 2018, 3:28 pm #4

Dear All ,

I saw in several posts that some dials were cleaned ,

I always thought that making this was affecting the dial
like relumed dials for example .

Apparently I am wrong , I would like to know what is
allowed to do on a dial ?

Thanks in advance for your helps

Alain L.
Thanks a lot Guys ;) (nt)
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Joined: January 5th, 2018, 6:44 am

April 26th, 2018, 5:37 am #5

Thank you. Great info
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April 27th, 2018, 3:11 am #6

Xeramic wrote:
Dear All ,

I saw in several posts that some dials were cleaned ,

I always thought that making this was affecting the dial
like relumed dials for example .

Apparently I am wrong , I would like to know what is
allowed to do on a dial ?

Thanks in advance for your helps

Alain L.
http://www.network54.com/Forum/207593/t ... %3B25+dial...

Perhaps some sections of the thread might help.

Wouldn't touch a precious dial - or ANY if you're not a person with fine-motor skills, it's a delicate job. Some watchmakers are able to help, but don't trust in good intention only, any destruction is final... also think about losing the patina. Rather sell a bad candidate and look for a better one.

You can clean newer glossy dials with very smooth and clean microfibre (or the tips I've mentioned in the thread) - just breath on the dial and wipe fingerprints or dust quickly away. Never use cotton swabs, the cotton is too rough and scratches the lacquer. Matte dials: don't touch, except for dabbing (not rubbing) dust with Rodico away.

Greetings,
Xeramic
That thread gave me severe anxiety just reading it!


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April 28th, 2018, 12:50 am #7

As suggested above, rodico's the only thing I use on dials....and only if you have experience handling dials....and, even then, EXTREME care must be taken!
In general, if a dial's got loose dust/debris on it, a few squeezes from an air bulb or light dabbing with rodico'll take care of it. If not, I'd either leave the dial alone or, if it's a precious dial, consider having Kirk Rich Dial (KRD) take a look at it. KRD's one of the few venerable dial restorers that maintain some of the old, original Rolex dial stampers. My late grandfather was a master watchmaker, who worked for Rolex in the '50s (before going indy), and, when I was a kid I worked part-time in his shop and recall seeing both KRD's work and billing. They were, as far as I recall, the only company my grandfather would use for dial repair/refinishing (I vaguely recall there being another reliable firm in NYC, but we didn't use them and I can't verify the name). Sometimes, they could perform miracles, sometimes they recommended a complete refacing. I believe they're still located in California. If the dial's rare, it might be worth speaking to them about it. If you do, be VERY detailed in what you want/expect and don't presume anything.
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