The majority of the vintage watch collectors like their watches as original as possible. I’m one of those people. But sometimes I like to make an exception. For example, when there’s almost no original lume left or when someone else already tried to relume the hands and failed (miserably). Read about one of those exceptions here.
In those cases, I do like to relume the watch hands. That’s a personal preference, though. Of course, I always discuss the possibilities with the owner if the watch isn’t mine.
This article is for those who agree with me that sometimes reluming is a necessary evil.
Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favourite part is to pull them to bits.