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Thanks a lor, Jeff!
The laser welding is one of Luca and Giancarlo Martini's speciality: a simple technique to explain, difficult to achieve.
Whan a case got rust or it's too consumed, it's possible to add metal with laser.
It's important to find the same type and colour of metal (gold, steel, ecc...) and make the welding with care because it can change (steel in blue).
When there's some rust, before welding it's possible use a special product that eliminates corrosion.
In this way you can obtain a perfect restore also in case 10% damaged!!!
Look at these pictures of my Autavia:
Have you ever seen a better restoring in the difficoult Autavia case???
Look at the bevels, sharp edges... never seen this perfection before!
The other ways of restoring needs to eliminate metal and case can be smaller in the end of the job.
In this way it's difficoult recognize a NOS case from Martini case...
: Fantastic restoration . . . every molecule of the watch looks
: just the way it should!!
: One question, please: Can you explain what is happening with the
: rust, the new material and the laser? Are you actually
: "drilling and filling", as a dentist might proceed?
: Can you please tell us what is happening in the two photos that I
: show below?
: Huge thanks and all good wishes that you will enjoy this watch,
: "in the best of health", as they say.