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Hi Chaps.
I have just had my Fathers Rotary watch returned after being restored by Steve Mangham. He also seviced a Accurist for me.

Here are the before and after pictures
The before is of the watch which my mother tells me spent most of the '60s in a drawer in the kitchen.
The watch did see service in Korea with my father durning his National Service. I think it returned to the UK with him but the strap had rotted away and all the plating had worn away.

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So the watch was sent away to Steve at the end of November last year. Today was the awaited return :D
Now i know that the restoration probably cost more than the purchase price, but what the hell!!
My father was killed in a car crash in 1966. The watch passed to me in about 2000. I finally got off my butt and sent it away. So here it is now. :D :D :thumbup: :thumbup:

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That looks positively magnificent. Well worth the investment I would say. You cannot put a value on an heirloom.

Did you have a movement overhaul as well?

I would love to see a real closeup of the dial
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A lovely family heirloom, thanks for posting. :D
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Kip wrote:That looks positively magnificent. Well worth the investment I would say. You cannot put a value on an heirloom.

Did you have a movement overhaul as well?

I would love to see a real closeup of the dial
Yes the movement was rebuilt aswell. It required a new main spring. I will see about a close up of the dial over the weekend.

Real pleased with it. 8)
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Looks fantastic Helix. Treasure it. :)
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Wow, it's almost magical! And what a nice piece in regards to a memory to your father.
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That's simply beautiful, congratulations!

I'm going to collect my vintage collection from restoration next week and I'm getting very excited.
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Stunning! :clap: :clap: :clap:
A great way to honour his memory. Wear it with pride.
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That looks fantastic.

I am in awe of people who can work wonders like that on a watch. Quite unbelievable.

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A cracking watch Gary, the chap did a fantastic job. :clap: that dial is really nice.
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Looks great. You have a precious watch there, given its history. Priceless! I would have loved to seen the movement.
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I'm impressed with the result, that's an incredible transformation!
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A beautiful watch, and a fine story to go with it, Helix. What a marvelous way to remember your dad :D
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Hard to believe its the same watch on the after pics, job well done and a shame Rotary dont make watches like this anymore!
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Real craftsmanship and skill.... Love the dial too.
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