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Advice Needed Dial Repair or Cleaning

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I have just bought an old Seiko which was made in October 1965 and it has a pretty filthy dial.

It is a 6205-8940 DIASHOCK SELFDATER, 24 JEWELS, it's had a tough life as you can tell by the photo, but, it is working well, keeping very good time.

I would like to clean up the dial, but, I understand it will never look great.

Someone (watch butcher) has obviously had a go at cleaning previously and been rather rough with it.

Am I right in thinking that the writing is inked and then varnished, or, is it some sort of vinyl decal?

Some advice would really be appreciated.

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Looks like you may have to source a replacement. The only other suggestion if you want to repair yourself it will need a complete overhaul. You can use Adobe illustrator to do the printed words and print on transfer paper, the parts on the dial (markers numbers) should come off the dial will need stripping and resilvering. There are articles if you google it and a youtube video.

i started one got illustrator done, but need re-silvering stuff.

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42 minutes ago, stdape said:

Looks like you may have to source a replacement. The only other suggestion if you want to repair yourself it will need a complete overhaul. You can use Adobe illustrator to do the printed words and print on transfer paper, the parts on the dial (markers numbers) should come off the dial will need stripping and resilvering. There are articles if you google it and a youtube video.

i started one got illustrator done, but need re-silvering stuff.

Thanks for that, I did think it needed fairly major repair. My thoughts are that there is no water damage, I think it may be oil from a service.

There is no damage/rust on the movement, just the dial.

Maybe I should just view the dial damage as battle scars of a watch that has had a tough life.

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You could do that. If the movement works good, no need to service. But a good service will keep it going for ages. If you think self repair is too much for the dial, keep an eye out for a replacement on e-bay. Maybe someone might read this article and have one. As for sending dial off to repaired professionaly, really will not be worth the cost. 

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