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Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

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Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

Post31 May 2013, 19:15

Thought I lost these pictures but recently found my before and after pics.
With patience and a smart approach you can achieve anything and save hundreds of $.

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this is an Omega 1510 MQ Stardust that I restored for my friend.....the value increased by at least 600$.
a wrecked case was improperly refinished creating even more damage and the bracelet was stretched almost beyond repair.
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this case was another wreck for 5$ bought for the movement.
the lugs were damaged at one time, then drilled and a steel rod fitted.
everything was cleaned, soldered, reshaped and then chromed.
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and this is the restoration I'm most proud of a 1300 Omega EQ that was wrecked by an Aussie welder with weld sparks covering most of the watch.
completely overhauled including new glass and dial repainting.
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Re: Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

Post31 May 2013, 23:59

Top work! there's something very satisfying about restoring things.
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Re: Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

Post01 Jun 2013, 07:46

Wow, magical.

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Re: Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

Post01 Jun 2013, 09:05

Thanks Gents, it's really plenty of fun and satisfaction from saving junk by giving it a second life.
The restoration section is still missing on my website but will try to update in the near future.
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Post01 Jun 2013, 09:27

like what you did with the roamer..nice work.

thats at least 1 mm less material with the omega electroquartz..but still a nice job.

Great stuff.. thanks for sharing :dwf:
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Re: Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

Post01 Jun 2013, 09:38

Thanks, the MQ ended up with less than 0,5mm material removed, it's a matter of approach and abrasives used.
A good restoration is always a compromise between how much material to remove and how good the end result will be.
Omega service centers do exactly the same as some watches are beyond a good result or you need to leave some imperfections.
Some high-end restorers do have the equipment to fill in big dents or engravings with laser welding so that a case looks like a new piece.
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Re: Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

Post15 Mar 2014, 14:12

Hi there,

I have recently got a Mido Swissonic, and absolutely love it. It could do with some restoration though and is more heavily scratched and pitted than your example here. You've done a fantastic job on yours, I'd like to do something similar, could I ask what you did and what you used? I'm new to this stuff,so any tips would be really appreciated.

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Re: Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

Post15 Mar 2014, 14:38

hi there Crockodillopig and welcome to the forum!
you need to follow these steps:
- remove red plastic screen by pushing it from the inside
- remove buttons with a dedicated tool
- remove goldplate with abrasives or remove chromeplate with help from a chromeplating shop
- polish or apply a brushed finish with abrasive paper/belt
- apply chromeplating
- assemble
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Re: Mido LED Swissonic restoration and others

Post15 Mar 2014, 14:48

Hi,

Thanks for the speedy reply and for the tips! I'll let you know how I get on...

Cheers

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