There are three aspects of this work shown on this page:
- Hand re-lume on a 1950s Omega cal 351. I’m happy to do this myself as it comes up quite often.
- Dial dot re-lume on a 1960s Omega Constellation. Again, this is within the services I offer.
- Full dial and hand re-lume on a 1960s Omega Banana. When the work is extensive as in this case, I use James Hyman who specialises in this lume application.
1. Hand re-luming on a 1950s Omega cal 351.
I received this Omega bumper, with very poor hand lume. It also has an issue with the centre wheel which I deal with here. These are lovely watches and the interaction of the bumper wind on the wrist is addictive.
It has a very nice dial with virtually all original lume intact. There has been an attempt to re-lume the hands with some sort of additive to give some ageing but, the lume just looks dirty.
I use my own method of staining the modern luminova material and aim to reduce the luminosity as well as matching the existing colour of the lume on the dial. After a little polish of the hands and adding of the new luminous material, they now look like this.
And, with the watch finished, the matching of the hands to the dial lume is much improved and the overall impression is far nicer.
2. Dial dot re-luming on a 1960s Omega Constellation.
I don’t do a great deal of re-luming on the dial itself but if one or two dots have been lost over time, it is possible to replace them. This Constellation was missing lume dots at 9 O’Clock and (most clearly) at 7 O’Clock.
The trick here is to try and match the colour and size of the existing dots as best as possible and below is the finished result which improves the look of the overall dial a little and in hand appears to be very close to the original.
3. Full dial and hand re-luming on a 1960s Omega SM200 Banana.
When the work required is more extensive than the above, I use a specialist in this field and work with James Hyman who is also UK based. Here is an example dial where the lume is dirty/stained and has spread from the markers.
James offers various finishes and in this case suggested a light sand colour with very little glow which would be appropriate for a watch of this era. He also painted the second hand and re-lumed all the hands to match the dial. Having noted the spreading of the existing lume, we chose to completely cover that and so the edges of the lumed markers are not always perfectly straight but this gives a patina that I think is age appropriate.
Here is the cased watch and the overall effect is stunning. I’m very happy with the work James has performed for me and can put you in touch with him (he may also be found with a web search) or work directly with him if the watch is in for a service with me. His costs are very reasonable, turnaround is fast and he clearly looks after your parts in his workshop.