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    Reluming a dial

    Looking to the collective wisdom for some advice. I'm considering picking up an 80's Heuer dive watch as a daily beater. I like the looks but would prefer to have working lume. What are my options? Can tritium be reapplied. Could I have the existing lume replaced with SL. Is it possible to find a service dial or have one made. And if any of the above is possible could you recommend some one to do the work. Finally, what sort of price would I be looking at. The watch probably won't be worth more than £500.

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    If it’s a ‘cheaper’ watch I would get one of the well known relume experts to paint the dial with luminova

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    Would it be worth bothering, rather than just enjoying the watch for what it is?

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    All options are possible. Everything from brand new, highly functional lume, to old-looking stuff that barely glows for a moment then goes dark, and all points in between. James #thealchemistrelumer on Insta is your man. He has done a few for me, and friends. I have yet to hear of an unsatisfied customer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    Looking to the collective wisdom for some advice. I'm considering picking up an 80's Heuer dive watch as a daily beater. I like the looks but would prefer to have working lume. What are my options? Can tritium be reapplied. Could I have the existing lume replaced with SL. Is it possible to find a service dial or have one made. And if any of the above is possible could you recommend some one to do the work. Finally, what sort of price would I be looking at. The watch probably won't be worth more than £500.
    Speak to James Hyman. He can do literally anything with lume.

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    Agree with others, can't think of anyone better than James, the guy is a magician. But also as others have stated if it's a beater then why bother. Certainly a rare or cherished watch, but a beater, not sure it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Agree with others, can't think of anyone better than James, the guy is a magician. But also as others have stated if it's a beater then why bother. Certainly a rare or cherished watch, but a beater, not sure it's worth it.
    Have you had something relumed by him Ken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hood View Post
    Have you had something relumed by him Ken?
    Yes. I sent a 1961 Seiko Alpinist to Olli of this parish for restoration and the dial and hands were forwarded on to James. There is a thread on it on here, James did a good job and wasn't expensive, I think a little over £100 for Dial plots and hand infills.

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...storation-Tale
    Last edited by Wallasey Runner; 7th May 2021 at 22:57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Yes. I sent a 1961 Seiko Alpinist to Olli of this parish for restoration and the dial and hands were forwarded on to James. There is a thread on it on here, James did a good job and wasn't expensive, I think a little over £100 for Dial plots and hand infills.

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...storation-Tale

    Good to know.
    I'd heard he is good but no experience of him.
    Unfortunately with the vintage Rolex even the very best relume massively devalues the piece.

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    As an alternative option, I used to love the old 80’s Tags and recently bought a new CWC SBS diver with ‘light vintage’ lume as a daily wearer. With the Monnin style case it is as close to a ‘new’ version of an old Tag you can buy IMHO and there’s a fair few options of auto, steel and PVD cased etc. They seem to pop up on the sales forum a fair bit too. Oh, and the lume on mine is very good indeed, even though it is slightly cream coloured you wouldn’t know once night falls!


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDad View Post
    As an alternative option, I used to love the old 80’s Tags and recently bought a new CWC SBS diver with ‘light vintage’ lume as a daily wearer. With the Monnin style case it is as close to a ‘new’ version of an old Tag you can buy IMHO and there’s a fair few options of auto, steel and PVD cased etc. They seem to pop up on the sales forum a fair bit too. Oh, and the lume on mine is very good indeed, even though it is slightly cream coloured you wouldn’t know once night falls!


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    Funny you should say that. I picked up a CWC SBS 3 or 4 weeks back, the one with the PVD case. Up to that point I thought I didn't like PVD and that a 41mm diver was too big for me. I was wrong. I really like the CWC and find it very attractive, wearable and sensible. Maybe I should be happy with that but there is just something about the 80's TH's I like. We'll see.



    To everyone else who replied, thank for the advice and suggestions. Even if I don't decide to do anything with it now, it is useful information to have.

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