I bought another 7005-8160 the other day. It was an impulse buy based on the handset and the fact I already own a silver dialled version (which was the first automatic watch I serviced / restored).
I took a look at it last night (in between working on what has been the most painstaking restoration I've undertaken) and was disappointed to see what I'd not noticed in the listing pictures (I did say it was an impulse buy!!), it had some missing paint from the dial around 4pm.
This took away my initial excitement but as the movement was clean and the handset OK (some tarnishing but still quite passable) I decided to strip it down and pack it away for another day.
But having removed the hands, I couldn't resist cleaning the dial up a bit, assessing how good (or bad) it could be. But, the lightest of dabbing with rodico lifted a large flake of dial paint and at that point it was game over for any thoughts of keeping this one as-is (or was).
I nearly gave up at this point, but I noticed that under the paint the dial surface was a lovely silver and had a starburst effect.
I then had one of those "hmmmm, hey why not?, lets do it" moments and before you know it the dial was in my small glass jar along with some paint thinners in the ultrasonic cleaner.
And after a few minutes all the dial paint, along with the lume in the dial batons was removed and I had a lovely, clean silver dial.
It reminded me of the airplanes of the 1950's when they were polished aluminium. Hmmmmm - I kinda like this look.
So then I relumed the dial and hand set
and put it back together with a new crystal (with a gold tension ring) and here it is
I quite like it and given that if I'd not done this it would just have sat in my parts drawers almost certainly never being a complete watch again its not a bad result.