This Seiko 6119-8430 has been lying in the drawer since i picked it up as part of a bulk lot on eBay in early 2009. The gold plating was completely wrecked so I stripped it back to the brass underneath with the idea to replate, probably with black chrome, In the end the cost of replating was more than I was willing to spend, so into the drawer it went, and there it stayed for the next nine years!
Original eBay Photo
With the current trend for bronze and brass watches, and the great patina they develop, I remembered this case and decided to see what it could become...
The case, stripped of gold plating and polished
Playing with the look, here are quick and dirties of some of the dial options I'm considering
The Original - probably the least likely, I fancy changing the look.
The Retro - Doesn't show up well in the photo but this is a dark reddish brown - might contrast well with the case once the patina sets in.
The Diver - an original dial from an SKX031 - in the vein of bronze panerais???
The Doxa - similar idea to the Diver
The Wreck - a knackered LM dial in hints of green, rust and broken - could look awesome, but the tall markers will mean little hands...
Nextstep is to add patina to the case - thinking a vinegar fume steam bath - which will help influence dial choice.
After force-ageing the case in a sauna of vinegar, the dial choice became a bit clearer. The diver dials both had the tab that helps align them with the chapter ring, and whilst I could have filed this off they're both in very good nick and i didn't want to wreck them. The dress dials both looked OK, but didn't really work with the newly aged case, so 'The Wreck' style was the winner. However, the LM dial had a missing dial foot and the other was not a fit for the 6119 movement I was planning to use, so back to the parts bin for something similar...