An Interesting Diamond Flake Restoration

Back in April a great guy called Panos visited the blog with a question about a gold plated Diamond Flake which he was thinking of buying. Although in running order it had a problem –  the 0700 movement had a broken set lever. Panos had searched long and hard for a replacement with no luck, but it so happened that I had a spare lever.  Although it was a little corroded it was in one piece and I was happy to help, so sent Panos the part in the hope that his watchmaker (from whom he’d bought the watch) could use it and restore the movement to full working order. Panos has now kindly got back to me to show me the outcome, which I thought I would share here 🙂

The restoration is all the more interesting because the wear and damage to the original gold plated case was severe, so it has been re-plated. I don’t know if many people go down this route, and my only experience of it (and seeing some examples on the internet) left me thinking the new finish was just too bright and shiny! However, on Panos’ watch I think it looks pretty darn good, and the dial is excellent so it looks to be a nicely unified piece. See for yourself by visiting the watchmaker’s blog, where there are also some very nice pics of the movement in various states of disassembly:

Thanks to Panos for agreeing to me posting about his watch. It’s great to see a Diamond Flake up and running again in all its glory 🙂

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5 Responses to An Interesting Diamond Flake Restoration

  1. Eduardo Farha says:

    As someone said on this: SUPER!

  2. Mikko says:

    Stephen, this not the first time you have made donation for such projects. I truly admire you act and now one more of these beautiful (less appreciated) watches have been restored for future generations. Beautiful job by the watchmaker and re-plating service.

  3. John says:

    Hi there, firstly let me say what an outstanding site you have created. Your articles are so impressive!!
    Can you assist in solving a mystery for me…? My recently acquired Citizen is proving difficult to put a decade to its production. From your table, I can tell it is in a seventh year in August, and I am guessing the 70s. However, my 8200a is 17 jewels, not 21. Any ideas? Pictures of the watch are in my post on the following link. Please feel free to reply there. I would be forever in your debt! Kind regards, John
    Forum link with pictures of the watch…
    http::// topic.php?f=29&t=9030

    • sweephand says:

      Hi John – thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. The 8200 with date only (i.e. the 8210 version) was made with 17 jewels as well as 21. I’m afraid the link is not working, could you please check it and try again 🙂 Thanks,

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