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Hurricane Sandy

This watch was in a safe, filled with salt water, for quite some time as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
I've worked on a handful of watches that have been in salt water. The interesting thing is that they are often not as bad as they look. The nickel plated, brass and gold parts do not themselves rust. They can be damaged of course, but they don't rust.

More photos of this project here.
These are some images of the final result. Only a handful of parts, were too far gone to bring back. Also note that this is an open-face movmenet, with a proper open-face dial, installed in a hunter case. Hence the sub-seconds dial and 12:00 mark are unusually placed for a hunter.

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