This Speedmaster MKII came in after sitting in a dresser drawer for a number of years. It had been in a motorcycle accident which left it in pieces.
Here are a few before pictures. As you can see, there were deep scratches and dings. Also, the case finish had been altered as someone along the way had simply polished the entire case removing much of the in-line grain on the top and sides. The opening for the crystal (crystal seat) was out of round due to the accident.
The original case finish had a sunburst finish on top and straight line graining on the sides with a high polished area between the two. The sunburst finish where the finish radiates from the center out is one of the more difficult ones to reproduce. The work is done by hand and it can be very time-consuming. But the effort to return the watch to its original appearance is worth it. It takes a great deal of experience to apply the new finish while keeping the shape edges. In this case, it is the transition points between the sunburst, high polish, and straight-line graining finishes. All while maintaining the integrity of the case.
Here are after pictures showing the results of our efforts on the case.
Completed watch with bracelet installed.
Surprisingly the movement was in pretty good condition. A testament to the quality of these watches. All it needed was a proper service, a new mainspring and regulation. There were adjustments needed to the chronograph functions because of the jolt it took. Something we do with every chronograph we service.