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Seeking advice on my Chronomatic Siffert

Guys, I am really enjoying this forum. I wish I had more to offer than I do, but I am sure you don't mind my relative silence. I do read all the posts.

So, I posted in Jeff's thread a few minutes ago that my watch is going to Oregon to spend some time in Craig's expert hands. He has an original crown so I will be 1 important step closer to original.

The two other non-original items I want to address are the polished case and the crystal. He has a good substitute crystal from Frei (which is probably what the watch already has in it) but the contours will be different. Question #1 - is it possible to find an original crystal in very good condition or should I just go with the Frei? I am not certain that replacing the crystal will be a benefit - the face appears a little yellowed to me but my guess is the crystal.

The case has been polished. If you hold the watch in the light just right, you can still see some striations where the original brush marks were. Question #2 - is there an in-between level of brushing that would look like it had aged along with the rest of the watch? I don't think a factory fresh brushing will match the patina of the lume, hands, dial.

Question #3 - in photos, most Sifferts seem to have a brilliant blue chrono second hand. Mine seems dull/dirty (I think you can see from the picture here) and doesn't really scream "I am blue", should I have the hands cleaned or leave them as is?

The watch is keeping excellent time - I have only worn it once a week so it is only running for a couple days then it gets 5-6 days still.

Question #4 - what question(s) should I be asking that I have not?

Thanks for all the great information, advice and photos (you know who you are)!


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