WATCH DIALS UP CLOSE
By: Mike Disher
The following are scans of several watch dials taken with a Mavica FD-73, through an LW Scientific 15x – 45x stereo microscope. I am studying the quality of the stencil work, focusing on crispness and evenness of borders, evenness of material application and the presence/absence of holes, bubbles or other imperfections in the print. All scans were taken at 30x magnification. The relative size of the images may have changed as the images were reduced in size by an average of 15% to reduce file size and increase download speed.
Scan #1 below is the anchor logo on a late 1950s to early 1960s vintage Ulysse Nardin Chronometro, a relatively inexpensive watch purchased for approximately $85. The dial on this watch is freckled and in need of refinishing.
Observations: The print is crisp and very evenly applied, with few defects.
Scan # 2 below is the “H” in “Hamilton” on a modern reproduction of the Flight II. This watch retails for approximately $450. The dial is in excellent condition.
Observations: This print is crisp with generally even edges and no visible defects.
Scan #s 3, 4 and 5 below are the crown, some lettering and a number from a new Glycine Airman. This watch retails for approximately $844.
Observations: The printing has fairly even edges and the material is evenly applied. A few very small bubbles are visible.
Scans 6 and 7 below are lettering and numbers from a Fortis Sport Diver Automatic Day-Date. This watch retails for approximately $695. The dial is in excellent condition.
Observations: The edges are somewhat uneven and the material contains numerous bubbles and holes. The tritium on the large numbers does not match the number outline that is in white, beneath the tritium, though the tritium is evenly applied.
Scans 8 and 9 below are of a Ulysse Nardin San Marco Big Date, which lists for $2950. The dial is in excellent condition.
Observations: The edges are very straight and even. There are no bubbles, holes or other flaws.
Scans 11 and 12 below are of a Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 1846, which lists for $3300. The dial is in excellent condition.
Observations: The printing is extremely crisp, with nearly perfect edges and no visible flaws.