Minerva Chronograph - Angelus 215
The dial on this World War II era Minerva chronograph was in even worse shape
than the Enicar shown previously. While the refinished dial is a dramatic
improvement, it lacks the crispness and some of the details of the original.
This is why I only recommend dial refinishing when the original dial is badly
damaged or worn. No refinished dial ever looks quite as good as the original
and I have yet to find a dial refinisher who can perfectly replicate the subtle
details of a vintage factory original dial. That said, in the case of this
old Minerva, dial refinishing was needed and the end result was reasonable. The
Angelus Caliber 215 movement had seen many years of use and was quite well worn, although
it responded well to proper cleaning, lubrication and a new alloy mainspring. Unlike
the Enicar, it took me several days of testing and adjusting to bring the chronograph
functions back into good working order.