- From: "jdh" <nobody@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 00:38:07 -0500
Hi all. I've recently had a problem that I am hoping that someone here can
help me with.
I have an Elgin pocketwatch, c.1905-06 according to the info I've found. I
got it off Ebay and bought it because it was the first watch I saw that
really jumped out at me. I loved everything about it, but mostly how
distinctive it was (to my inexperienced eye anyway). But it had been stored
with no crystal and the dial was quite dirty and I wanted to get it cleaned.
So I emailed an online shop to see about it. I told them I didn't want to
mess up the dial more than it already was by working on it myself so I
wanted a pro to work on it. The Man said that after the dial refinish 'an
expert could tell it had been worked on' which I took to mean that I
probably wouldn't be able to tell.
Long story short ("Too late!") the dial that came back was not the dial I
sent out. It was totally different, and I was crushed by it. I couldn't
even look at it or think about it for a month because I just got sick every
time I though about it. It was so different I thought that the dial had
been replaced rather than refinished. But The Man says that it is the same
dial, which means that the watch face I loved so much is gone forever.
But I am hoping that someone here might know of a shop that can reproduce my
original dial from some detailed photos or know of where to look where I
might find another dial like the original. I'd even take a dirty, soot
covered face like my original dial. Maybe someone that can recognize the
face and know what it is I am looking for exactly? I'll take any hints or
help at all to get my dial back.
http://snipurl.com/dials - overall view, new and original (119kb)
http://snipurl.com/secs1 - second hand dial, new and original (99kb)
http://snipurl.com/secs2 - second hand dial detail, new and original (227kb)
http://snipurl.com/bm91 - detail photos of the original, with index page