From this angle on the missing black paint filling actually tells about the hour hand's tortures, the hand is straight and most importantly to me, has a homogenous surface finish. I was thinking very hard what to do, but then I decided I could not live with the straightened hand but visible marks from the bent in the chromium surface. That is why I decided to get rid of the chrome layer. I am actually quite happy with the result. A brand new hour hand and aligned hands would be of course better, but still, this was a very intensive but also great watch "making" experience.
I am now looking forward to buy a polishing machine and then try to restore some of the flea market finds. The hands are in many cases the worst part of those older watches.

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