How to remedy a bad redial?

I've seen a few very tasty vintage VC watches offered online but am always dissuaded by redial jobs.  Even though the movement may be desirable and in good shape, a redial just turns me off.  Is this a reasonable attitude with vintage pieces or do others here accept and collect them anyway?

While a factory restoration may be the best solution, can they remedy a dial that has already been worked over?  Are there competent independent craftsmen on this side of the Atlantic?

If the watch is one I really want I don't mind getting it with a poor
01/03/2008 - 11:24

redial since I can have the dial redone.

I have a very good relationship with my vintage watch dealer and he is in contact with 2 excellent dial restorers in Paris and Hong Kong. If you do not have a vintage dealer who has contacts the safest would be to have a factory redial as VC claims to have prints of almost all its dials.

I think RGM does redials as well

With a better re-dial
01/03/2008 - 17:13

I dont think any re-dial job can be so bad that it ruins the dial itself. There are very good dial restorers out there, RGM being the best in the US. I've had good and bad re-dial experiences, and it will teach you to appreciate an original dial, even one that is spotty.

Yes, there are good watchmakers in the "new country", but they are few and getting fewer.

Thanks, RGM is a great tip.
01/05/2008 - 19:23