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Another Vintage Citizen Diver restoration

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November 12, 2012 10:43PM
I've had this watch sitiing in my parts box for a few years now. I always figured it would be a parts watch to be used to resurrect another diver. But as the years went by, and I learned to do different processes regarding restoration, I would use this watch to practice on. I've been approached by a few people this past year to do some work on their watches, and I've managed to collect a few parts from them and for them, as well as find new sources for parts for my own watches. I've managed to find enough parts to complete this watch that I thought would never be used again. Especially since I used it to practice on. All it needs now is a service as it gains about a minute an hour. It has a cracked bezel near the 40min marker. I've got another used parts diver on the way. Hopefully I can use the bezel on that one to replace this broken one. If not, I'm planning on finding someone with a lazer welder to see if they'd be interested in seeing if they could weld the bezel, and I would do the finish work. Heres the dial and hand set before restoration. You can see it is very dirty. The markers lost a lot of chrome plating, and it had significant pitting. The hands also were in the same condition.

This is after I cleaned the dial, markers, and hand set.

Here, I started removing the old lume (4 and 5 markers) to prepare for new lume.

This is a picture taken after I re-applied Silver paint to the borders of the hour markers.

This is after I finished applying silver to the markers, and hands, and reluming both dial and hands. The crystal seen in the picture is the original crystal. You can see gouges and dings in the crystal. You can also see a big gouge of metal broke off the crown. But it was only on the surface, so it still functions properly.

A guy on Ebay has produced a limited number of new crystals and bezel inserts for certain models of Vintage Citizen divers, so I bought both for this watch. I have another whole vintage Citizen Diver I just bought from the person I was doing work on his watch, but he decided there were too many uncertainties in restoring the watch, so I offered to purchase and do a partial trade with him. He kindly accepted, and was happy that I was going to continue on with the restoration. Anyway, here is the almost finished product.

Here's the Lume shot.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/12/2012 10:53PM by Jose5.


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Jose5906November 12, 2012 10:43PM

Very cool I'm about to do the same thing with my Seiko will update (n/t)

solex88November 13, 2012 06:54PM


Jose589November 14, 2012 03:24AM

Quite an accomplishment! You've done well sir!

Timemiser91November 13, 2012 02:30PM

Re: Quite an accomplishment! You've done well sir! URL

Jose599November 13, 2012 04:30PM

Thank you Jose. (n/t)

Timemiser95November 13, 2012 06:41PM

Looks great, Jose.Thumbs up! All the best with your bezel repair. (n/t)

Mark C.81November 13, 2012 01:26PM

Thaks Mark, Yes

Jose596November 13, 2012 04:49PM

Geat job with that Citizens, very nice vintage diver.Thumbs up! (n/t)

Paul J Costa94November 13, 2012 11:25AM

Thank you Paul! (n/t)

Jose591November 13, 2012 04:46PM

Painstaking Eek! Excellent outcome Smile Thumbs up! (n/t)

Riddim Driven86November 13, 2012 09:25AM

Hey Thx Adam. I appreciate the input. (n/t)

Jose581November 13, 2012 04:46PM

Supercool and serious work there and of course a very nice vintage!!!Cheers!Thumbs up! (n/t)

IF88November 13, 2012 06:25AM

Thank you Ioannis. Yes. My #1 is Vintage, #2 Customs (n/t)

Jose5103November 13, 2012 04:45PM

Great progress photos! Nice work, Jose Thumbs up! (n/t)

Ethan_Mack91November 13, 2012 06:08AM

Thanks Ethan. We gotta keep these Vintages going. (n/t)

Jose592November 13, 2012 04:43PM

Re: Another Vintage Citizen Diver restoration

chitown112November 13, 2012 06:01AM

Thanks Phil. I appreciate it. (n/t)

Jose584November 13, 2012 04:42PM

That's an amazing transformation Jose, very well done Thumbs Up (n/t)

Reto95November 13, 2012 05:52AM

Thank you Reto! (n/t)

Jose5103November 13, 2012 04:41PM

Well done. Thumbs up!Thumbs up! Congrats! Cheers! (n/t)

JFK353172November 13, 2012 04:19AM

Thank you Joe (n/t)

Jose584November 13, 2012 04:41PM

That's quite a before/after transformation. Thumbs Up (n/t)

Dave M108November 13, 2012 04:15AM

Thanks Dave

Jose5101November 13, 2012 04:40PM

Very cool transformation! Thumbs Up (n/t)

Nuvolari89November 13, 2012 03:58AM

Thank you Michael (n/t)

Jose577November 13, 2012 04:37PM

Super work! Congrats on a job well done.Clapping! (n/t)

itschris89November 13, 2012 03:31AM

Thank you Chris (n/t)

Jose597November 13, 2012 04:37PM

Thumbs up!Well done, Jose- wish I had that kind of patience... (n/t)

RR218117November 13, 2012 03:15AM

Thank you Marcel!

Jose591November 13, 2012 04:36PM

Nice job, looks great. Thumbs up! (n/t)

Robmks103November 13, 2012 01:45AM

Thanks Rob! (n/t)

Jose571November 13, 2012 04:34PM

looks fantastic (n/t)

ncmoto84November 13, 2012 01:16AM

Thank you Ken (n/t)

Jose584November 13, 2012 04:33PM

Nice job! Thumbs up! (n/t)

StefG81November 13, 2012 12:57AM

Hey, Thanks Stef (n/t)

Jose594November 13, 2012 04:33PM

Wow, good work! Thumbs up! Clapping! (n/t)

James T. KirkĀ©79November 13, 2012 12:54AM

Thank you Jim (n/t)

Jose593November 13, 2012 04:32PM

Great job! Congrats! (n/t)

Anonymous User96November 13, 2012 12:23AM

Thanks Archibald (n/t)

Jose573November 13, 2012 04:30PM

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