The watch arrived last week, there was good news and bad,good news first: what I had thought to be rust is in fact just a sticky deposit, probably just accumulated sweat, dust and general dirt – ugh – but relatively easy to remove. A clean with an old toothbrush and a disinfectant wipe removed most of it. The glass although dirty is less scratched than it looks in the photos and again cleaning has made a huge difference. Best news of all, the watch is working and keeps perfect time. Now for the less good news, although the auction house valuers assure me that it is a genuine Georg Jensen/Vivianna watch there are no makers marks at all on either the watch casing or the bangle. This is very unusual as Georg Jensen pieces normally have the Georg Jensen oval stamp at the very least. Even tiny earrings have it. I have the auction house letter of authenticity, when the watch is being worn the marks aren’t visible anyway and most importantly I love the style and design, they are what matters rather than a stamped mark. The other concern is that the rear case is clipped onto the casing
The dial is very dirty/stained, it should be a silver mirrored finish but is almost copper coloured. I took it to a Jeweller yesterday who is going to send the dial off to a dial restorer to get his opinion about cleaning it. This involves taking the watch apart to remove the dial so my watch will be away for at least a couple of weeks. Once the dial restorer assesses it I will get a quote for restoration and move on from there.
So how do I feel about the watch? Despite some slight concerns about its provenance I love it, when all the cleaning is done I’ll have a beautifully designed watch that looks elegant and keeps good time.