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  • Blue NCC 101 Restoration

    Somebody somewhere in the WWW was putting up this poor NCC101 for sale for 160,00€.
    The case and bracelet was i awful condition but the the perfect dial/markers/hands caught my eyes so i took a clooser look at the sellers pics.
    Another important point for buying it was that the seller lived about 2km away.
    So i bought it.
    2 days later i held it in my hands and i was... shocked! It looked even worse: the case was covered with deep scratches, dings, dust and old DNA. The crystal had deep scratches and the fishtail with the totally worn link holder bars... o dear.. just take a look, guys:

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    So, EOTīs...what would you think?

    A totally waste of investment or a great challenge?
    Last edited by pimpclinic.v.s.o.p.; 03-10-2019, 11:09 AM.
    Pimpclinic.v.s.o.p.

  • #2
    Challenge. I know you can do it too.
    Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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    • #3
      I’d wear it the way it is. Maybe a little ako paste and crystal polishing, but I like the vintage worn look.

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      • #4
        Right, Henry!
        Definitely a challenge.
        The restore work took about 30 hours within 4 days.
        I had to go deep into the case material with rope sand paper with grain from P300 until P1000. Then i used AKO paste and Acrylic Paste for the finish.
        The same happened to to the crystal and the fishtail.
        The link holding bars have been replaced.
        Inside the 101 is running a untouched ETA 2789 which reseived a full service.
        Check the uncommented pics:

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        I will leave the pics uncommented, but i am sure you know the game...
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        • #5
          There always it a point to stop the process because you canīt get it done any better. Some of the deepest dings or scratches must stay on the watch parts surfaces, but itīs all good. Itīs not the goal to bring it back to NOS condition (and not possible).
          After 30 hours of work i mounted all the parts together. A great moment to find out if the work was worth it.
          And i think it was worth it!
          Enjoy the pics:

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          • #6
            Great work Marcus, the Pimp strikes again!
            http://s145.photobucket.com/user/sco...deshow/Watches

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            • #7
              It looks great, congratulations.

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              • #8
                That's a fantastic result, Marcus!
                An admirable re-birth for a deserving subject.

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                • #9
                  Well done Marcus, a very rewarding result.

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                  • #10
                    Super work as Always Marcus. Vor den Vorhang!.

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                    • #11
                      Top work Marcus
                      See my collection slideshow at
                      http://s629.photobucket.com/user/sca...20March%202012

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                      • #12
                        Nice work Pimping that NCC
                        https://www.instagram.com/the_rado_collector/

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                        • #13
                          Now I'm shocked, I saw this NCC as well. I liked the blue colors on the dial and the only thing that held me back was its condition. Great work Marcus!

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                          • #14
                            Thank you very much, guys.
                            It's always a pleasure for me to get my hands on these project watches.
                            The first watch i fully serviced was a Titoni Space Star 009 in the year 2006. A watch maker downtown called 250€ for the work so it forced me to get it done by myself. The rest is history..
                            Pimpclinic.v.s.o.p.

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