Thank you for your time and thoughts all. Yes, I think, if its all about the hands, I can just replace them and its all good, IF they aren't real. I'm thinking of getting Bob Ridley to take a look at it for final piece of mind. FYI its a Gilt tropical 1016 from 1967. So I think some light cream tritium hands would do the trick. I've seen some for a few hundred dollars around so not the end of the world.