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David Hills Wrote:I think what has been done is perfect. A great looking new dial making the watch wearable and beautiful, whilst retaining the old dial for provence sake.
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tmw57 Wrote:What makes this all the more interesting (to me anyway) is that this old dial appears to be a redial. Please note the redialers notch at 3:00.
isthomson Wrote in reply to:tmw57 Wrote:What makes this all the more interesting (to me anyway) is that this old dial appears to be a redial. Please note the redialers notch at 3:00.Todd, as Michael says, the presence of a “notch” does not automatically mean a re-dial, just as the absence of a notch does not mean that a dial has not been refinished. Whilst a deep v-shaped notch is one sign that a dial has probably been redone, there are original dials (particularly pre-1960s) which carry a small notch from manufacture, but generally much shallower and more neatly executed than those made during re-dialling. This is not specific to IWC; one needs to look to the dial makers rather than the watch manufacturer. The Z.J stamp on your dial was the trademark of Z.J Fluckiger & Cie, one of a number of independent Swiss dial manufactures, based in St-Imier. I understand that the company was subsequently acquired by Patek Philippe. I don’t have any specific knowledge of ZJ dials from the late 50s, but, as well as IWC, I collect vintage Rolex and have owned several 1950s pieces with (in my opinion) original Stern dials which had a similar tiny notch to the dial plate.In my opinion, the dial is original.Best,Ian.
8541 Wrote:Todd, so here's the thing. You took a otherwise not really wearable watch, got it to those WIZZARDS OF SCHAFFHUASEN who in turn did their magic, and restored that Inge into a really handsome and beautiful timepiece!For sure, no disputing (given Schaffhausen replaced the dial) that your watch is 100% IWC authentic throughout.I like Michael don't necessarily believe that the original dial because of the notch, is a redial. Probably, only intensive comparison with other pie pan dials from "same era" Inge's will shed more light. So there's your particular variant of übervirus... Clearly you will need to scour the globe in search of that watch (maybe in stainless steel to complement your current beauty) - and then, only then you MIGHT rest your quest. I for one love the results of the Spa - and would want to see you retain the original dial side by side in the box.Great post - great watch - nice dials!