Monday, August 20, 2007

Everest Watchworks Re-Lume Review


After Mr. Parks worked his magic



After the re-lume. A Vostok with usable lume. A rare bird indeed!



The watch when I got it. Notice how the lume on the minute hand has crumbled away completely.


Not long ago, I received a ninteen-eighties vintage Vostok Komandirskie as a gift. The watch itself was in almost new-old-stock condition except for the lume. It had completely fallen off the minute hand and was powdering on the face as well. As many collectors of Russian watches already know, Vostok's stock lume is, quite possibly, the worst in the industry. It is, at best, weak and will barely remain visible for an hour after exposure to light, if it works at all. The condition of the lume on this example, however, presented me with a perfect opportunity to do a little upgrading to this common Vostok problem.

Like the old Omega Seamaster I reviewed earlier, I decided to send this Vostok off for a re-lume to Kent Parks at Everest Watchworks. Kent is a true craftsman who does high quality work for very reasonable prices. In the instant case, he was not only able to repaint the lume on the hands and face but also had an off white lume color available that looked consistent with the age of the watch. The new superluminova paint Kent applied glows brightly after exposure to light in a manner that a stock Vostok could never manage and remains visible for hours in the dark. Mission accomplished!

If you have an old watch that you would like to rejuvenate (this assumes that all is well mechanically) I think you will be very happy with the job that Everest Watchworks can do. In the instant case, I think that I paid $75 for this job. (Which is probably as much as a nos Vostok from this period runs these days admittedly. Obviously the relative cost of this sort of work needs to be factored against the value of the watch unless the piece is an heirloom or has some other sentimental value.) I am very happy with the results and now proudly own one of, perhaps, half a dozen Vostoks with quality lume worldwide :)

6 Comments:

Anonymous Trek The World said...

Great watch! I was wondering where you got that watch band for it. I recently came into one of these watches; it was given to me by a Colonel who purchased it off a Russian soldier the day the Berlin Wall came down. She claimed he took it right off his wrist and sold it to her for a few dollars. I have the thin, 18mm band on it now, but I would like to get one more substantial.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Got it from Randy Nilsen's Ebay store

http://stores.ebay.com/Nilsens-Straps-Bands-and-Watches_Black-Bund-Style-3-STYLES_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZ1QQfsubZ11QQftidZ2QQtZkm

ED

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Viagra Online without prescription said...

I have never used Everest, but Universal did a couple of dials for me, which took a couple of months & the work was beautiful. They did, however, return all of my calls. You might try phoning instead of emailing. If they have had your parts for more than 2 months or do not return your calls for 48 hours (2 business days), I would begin to worry.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good to know. Thanks

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got some luminous powder and binder from www.watchlume.com - They have premixed syringes too.

The owner seems like a nice guy and was very helpful. =)

1:37 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I'd be interested in hearing how the job turned out. I have a few watches that could use some help

2:14 PM  

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