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Wenger Military 79082 2178

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Wenger Military 79082
« on: September 21, 2014, 06:05:10 AM »
I picked up this working Wenger watch but with a badly scratched crystal ( mineral ).  I figured I would have a go at trying to restore it.  I like how its coming along so far but mineral is a PITA to work on.  I need one part for the band where it connects to the lugs and it'll be ready to wear.


 
« Last Edit: September 21, 2014, 06:08:47 AM by Aloha007 »

Esse Quam Videri
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 20,610 I may get older but I refuse to grow up.
Re: Wenger Military 79082
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2014, 01:54:35 PM »
Forget the metal band. >:D

That watch would look sweet on a black NATO band. :dd:

Let us know how the restoration progresses. :tu:
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Re: Wenger Military 79082
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 05:19:22 PM »
I may get a nato band but other than Rubber and Metal I've not used Nato ( canvass, nylon??).  Mineral is a PITA to clear up and as you can see it has cleared up very well considering. 

I used Optical grade Cerium Oxide (99%) pure and a felt wheel on my dremil clone.  I needed to be able to slow down the RPMs to not heat the crystal.  Slow and easy checking for heat as I went was my approach.  I did remove the bezel and that was another PITA.  The spring the lies under and rides withiin a groove was bent.  I appeared that the bezel as possibly removed or damaged at some point.  I also noticed that there was some denting on the ring the bezel rides on as well. 

I bent the bezel slightly when removing and it was easily reshaped and went back on decently.  It's not as smooth rotating as new but it wasn't moving when I got it. 

I'll give the case a polish and call it good other than the band.  All in all not a bad watch and a great opportunity to test my approach to mineral crystal polishing.

I'll post up more pics when I'm closer to being done.  Thanks for having a look.  .     

Esse Quam Videri
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Re: Wenger Military 79082
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2020, 04:35:47 PM »
 :facepalm:  I put the watch away and never thought about it again.  When I moved ( twice ) since this thread the watch was sitting collecting dust.  Just the other day I picked it up ( dead battery ) and thought to have one more go at it.  This is about as far as I can take it.  The mineral glass really cleared up quite nice considering how foggy it was and the scratches.  The bezel is still damaged but I wont need to turn it so  :dunno:

I had this cheap strap which I love the color so I decided to put it on and give this watch a much needed breath of life.  I'll wear it as is and see how I like it.  Under a loop or magnification you can see how badly scratched the mineral is.  I'm sure with more work I could take it a little further but I can see the hands so alls good. 

I forget how much I paid?  I'm sure it was super cheap as I was picking up watches for $15 max at the time.   

Esse Quam Videri
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Re: Wenger Military 79082
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2020, 04:56:24 PM »
Here it is with another Swiss Army watch I found for cheap.  I actually like this one more as it is easier to read. 

Yes I know the date is wrong  :oops:

Esse Quam Videri
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 20,610 I may get older but I refuse to grow up.
Re: Wenger Military 79082
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2020, 11:40:13 PM »
Yup, I always preferred a black faced watch too, comes with the preference for the dark side :vader:

:D

Btw, does that green strap glow in the dark? :ahhh


« Last Edit: October 02, 2020, 12:32:14 AM by enki_ck »

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Re: Wenger Military 79082
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2020, 12:28:51 AM »
That would be AWESOME if it did but no sadly. 

Dark side still have cookies? 

Esse Quam Videri
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 20,610 I may get older but I refuse to grow up.
Re: Wenger Military 79082
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2020, 12:44:52 AM »
The best ones in the galaxy :2tu:

 

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