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    Default Tales from the bench - Omega 1039 bracelet refinish

    A little bracelet refinishing exercise I thought I'd share.

    A forum member over on TZ-UK got in touch and asked if I would have a look at his Omega 1039 bracelet for him (early Speedmaster bracelet with expandable links). Ostensibly it was in pretty good condition but at some point in its past someone had brushed the whole bracelet, whereas is should have polished outer links. There were a few deeper scratches on the centre links as well but nothing too bad.

    Here's a few before pics. You'll see that the clasp is finished correctly and the polisher outer section should be continued in the bracelet.






    Because of its age and value (they fetch silly money these days) great care was taken not to remove too much metal. Ordinarily I would polish the whole bracelet, mask off the outer links and then grain the centre. However because of it's age and the fact it has already been refinished at some point, I decided to be more prudent. So I mask off the centre links first, polish the outer links then masked them off and grained the centre links. That way the centre links aren't receiving a double whammy of polishing and the bare minimum of metal is removed.

    Some after pics.






    There's still a few light scratches evident in the centre links but I didn't want to go too mad with the graining wheel. Sometimes, especially with vintage stuff, it's a bit of a judgement call between getting something perfect but keeping it's integrity, hopefully I got it right.

    A massive thanks to Peter for having faith in me with such an expensive bracelet and for being a total gent throughout, despite a little RMSD wobble at the start.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Fantastic, as usual, Gary.
    I have one of these stashed away that goes with my 145.012-67 Speedy. I wish it looked that good!! (It is pretty good, but that's a damn nice job).
    Wish I had a Gary on hand here - all sorts of jobs that I could get done!
    Dave J

    "I may at times be wrong, but I am never in doubt"...anonymous surgeon.

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    Great job there Gary! I think you struck the balance perfectly.

    Cheers,

    Nick

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    it looks great Gary but its a pretty light and rubbish bracelet no..?
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