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    New lume on old Speedie

    Just got this back from James Hyman. Highly recommended. Has transformed my tired and dirty 1980s Speedie into something rather lovely. Back on the wrist again.


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    Not for me, I'm afraid.

    It's your watch, though, so if you're happy, what do you care what I think?

    I guess the lume works better now, though.

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    Before I saw the pic I just thought Noooooo I was expecting bright white lume on an aging watch, looks good to me.

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    Actually thatís a great post I might get hold of him to match the patina on my new hands to an existing dial on my -71

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    Do you have any pictures of the watch before the work?

    Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark lowman View Post
    Actually thatís a great post I might get hold of him to match the patina on my new hands to an existing dial on my -71
    Speedmaster hands don't normally match the dial

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.chef View Post
    Speedmaster hands don't normally match the dial
    Thatís actually true isnít ,
    what happened though is I bought the Speedie with a replacement thin stick second hand and a warped minute hand. Omega replaced the set . So I was thinking of darkening up the patina on the second hand to give it a slightly older look

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    I think that looks very good, I know the aged lume issue divides opinion but I think its a good compromise between functionality and an age appropriate look.

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    Like it or not but not every vintage watch is in perfectly preserved condition. I find it a very good result and the best compromise in case you have to deal with damaged or replaced hands.


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    looks great - decent job judging by the picture

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    Relumes

    Relume will always divide opinion, it's been covered forever and a day.....not everyone can afford totally original watches that have beautiful patina, not everyone likes watches that look worn and tired.....as long as the person wearing it likes it then surely it comes down to personal taste......there are enough vintage speedies to go round to cater for all tastes.......hardly like they were limited to a few thousand and never produced again 🤔

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    Looks good work James!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamboat10 View Post
    Relume will always divide opinion, it's been covered forever and a day.....not everyone can afford totally original watches that have beautiful patina, not everyone likes watches that look worn and tired.....as long as the person wearing it likes it then surely it comes down to personal taste......there are enough vintage speedies to go round to cater for all tastes.......hardly like they were limited to a few thousand and never produced again 樂

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    Well said.


    It depends on the watch and owner. Iíve re-lumed old watches that the owner wanted to work as they originally were intended and to be honest itís superb seeing a 70ís Watch glowing again. Iíve got old watches in my own collection Iíve re-lumed and Iíve also got watches Iíd never re-lume where the dial is so tired & itís original lume fits the look.


    That Watch is in great condition and why not have functional lume!

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    This was before. Just dirty. Tired. Not getting any wrist time. Now? Havenít taken it off since it came back.


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    And right now.


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    It is personal choice I know and not for all.I wear my watches a lot. This one just looked tired and washed out. Now it has been given a new lease of life. Highly recommended.
    Last edited by NORFOLK; 14th February 2018 at 19:01.

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    Looks like an excellent job to me.
    Andy

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    Another excellent relume job by James. It looks great, good colour choice & match for a sympathetic restoration

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    I like it. Very top job by James. An inspiration to me.

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    Looks a nice watch


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    I'm liking that, looks excellent.

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    Mutts nutz!

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    Looks great! Now if only I had a Speedmaster to restore...

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    I've always found it interesting how trit ages differently on different brands. Rolex trit seems to age quite nicely whereas Omega often look dirty. I prefer what you've done

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    I don't generally like faux lume but you're absolutely right, it's brightened up a dull dial by pretending to be even older. Nice work!

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    Not sure I would have taken a risk getting a relume done on your watch.

    But you got a really good outcome, the lume looks really clean like it was originally meant to be on the watch.

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    The Lume on my 70ís Speedy is not what I would say dirty but itís strange how Omega lume varies so much, mine is like a greeníish hue, I like the colour of your re-lume but not sure I would attempt that with my step dial.


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    Quote Originally Posted by murkeywaters View Post
    The Lume on my 70ís Speedy is not what I would say dirty but itís strange how Omega lume varies so much, mine is like a greeníish hue, I like the colour of your re-lume but not sure I would attempt that with my step dial.


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    My -71 Step is greenish as well. Wonder if it were different batches of Tritium was the reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark lowman View Post
    My -71 Step is greenish as well. Wonder if it were different batches of Tritium was the reason
    Whatís the date of yours? Mine is April 1974 and a -71 T, really like vintage lume colours but guess green is the colour for our batch!

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    Looks much better. Rather dark for a 70s model, that is more like the shade you might expect on a 60s one but way nicer than what was there before.
    Last edited by Padders; 15th February 2018 at 12:16.

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    Really like that, would love to have one that looked like that in my collection.

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    I agree with the comments regarding the lume looking dirty. Here is a photo of my Ď69 for reference and I think the lume matches perfectly with the faded grey bezel

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