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  1. Bought this in a poor state but running. Fully stripped crystal out, then washed and polished before reassembly , and treated to a new strap.
  2. Finished this one many months ago. Today I had it out for a check over and found the nail setting not working, Easy repair, so gave it a polish and took its picture.
  3. I had a couple of early Avias in my collection, then I spotted a couple on eBay looking very sorry for themselves and my bids won. I stripped them both during the week and started the restoration of cases and bracelets. I had to send for a new crystal for this one, I was unable to polish the damage out, It came today and the watch was reassembled on the coffee table while watching telly.
  4. The only good thing about wet days is you can tinker. I dug this one out of retirement, and treated it to a good polish new glass, and a lube. surprising how they recover with a little effort.
  5. This was definitely a living organism, I have seen it in zoom lenses.
  6. Always something new. Since the day I bought it this watch has always looked a little grey round the perimeter of the crystal. Last night I was looking at it under a 25 times magnification Loupe what I found was ivy like patterns radiating in from the perimeter and looking like stems and leaves, this was around 360 degrees and looked symmetrical. Today I have removed the movement, and pressed out the crystal, after washing with a mild bleach solution I replaced the crystal with a new gasket.. All the hazing has now gone and it looks like new. Any one else come across this. The images are both from before I cleaned it.
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