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  1. I contacted the first re-dialer and he replied to me very quickly. Unfortunately my original dial was the template for the new. I couldn't find any Eterna dials, but for a rough guide as to price, this is an Omega "Dirty dozen" dial currently for sale on Ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-Omega-NOS-Military-Dirty-Dozen-Watch-dial-found-with-other-dials-/272487294487?hash=item3f71822617:g:RMkAAOSwA3dYUy08 Always"watching": thank you for the wonderful photo of the 12 different versions of the "Dirty dozen". The IWC appears to be in as-new condition; a re-dial perhaps? Cheers, David
  2. The trouble is, bearing in mind the money I have already spent, a decent quality original dial - which would probably not be in anywhere near the condition of my original dial – would be very expensive; given that, to collectors, the 'face' of the watch is everything. Cheers, David
  3. Good point andyclient, but it would no more be my original dial than either of the redials. Good from a collector's point of view, but not from mine. David
  4. artistmike, thank you for your interest in my sorry little tale, "unfortunate" hardly covers it! In December 2012 I sent my Eterna, which I have owned for more than forty years, to a watch repairer who advertised that, among other watch makes, he serviced Eternas. He also stated that he could restore the dial as new. Well, there was very little wrong with the dial - if anything - but I thought that a clean-up and perhaps a touch-up here and there wouldn’t go amiss. I think the man I sent it to must have had health problems, as, over seven months later, in July ’13, I received the watch back; this is what it looked like! https://postimg.org/image/u2c8teek7/ As you can imagine I was pretty devastated, but blamed myself for my ignorance. I did not realise that “restore as new” meant repaint a completely new dial – in this case a very different dial. I put the watch at the back of a drawer and tried to forget about it. In about September last year, I rediscovered the watch and decided to do some internet research. I found a company who looked as if they did quality work. I sent an email and they requested that I send the dial and hands. I did so and also sent a photo of the watch as it should be. They informed me that, unfortunately, they did not have a template, but could have one made up. Rightly or wrongly I opted to pay for the template to be made. I had gone this far and in any case the watch with its botched redial was of no interest to me. So, to cut a long story short, I paid £420.00 for the complete job: template, dial and hands. I have to say, as far as the second redialer’s work is concerned, I cannot fault it. But of course as you have said, the watch is devalued as a result. I do not necessarily blame the original redialer for the totally different dial he sent me – but why he didn’t point out that there was absolutely no need for a redial – is beyond me. I think, of all the mistakes I have made over the years, this is one of the most regrettable. I am intrigued by your suggestion that the original dial could still be in existence. I will have to contact the original redialer. David
  5. Thanks for the replies, and the welcome. You are correct gimli, it is a redial. I was hoping more people would comment on it and give opinions on the quality of the work. It is a bit of an unfortunate story; it cost me a (relative) fortune, probably more than it is now worth – as I understand that many people don’t like redials. David
  6. Hello to all. Not a watch collector, hence not really any need for an introductory post. However, like most people, I have acquired watches along the way - as it were; none I imagine of much interest to members: One is a Longines Charleston left to me by my Father; another a Garrard 9ct dress watch left to me by my Grandfather. He worked 30 years as a toolmaker to be eligible for it! So, tremendous sentimental value, but I suspect that’s all. I have another watch, an Eterna WWW, also with great sentimental value, that is the subject of this post. I would appreciate members’ comments about, and opinions of it. https://postimg.org/image/lf6zjuumx/ Cheers, David *Hopefully the photo will upload!