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'69 straight writing Speedmaster...writing serifs?

  1. wwhntr

    wwhntr May 15, 2017

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    Ok Speedmaster experts, take a close look at the writing on case back and tell me what you think about it. Are there serifs onl letters? Is this correct?

    Also, note "T" in FIRST, left top tail missing?

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  2. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed May 15, 2017

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    Compared to mine, your caseback etching is somewhat worn. Perhaps you piece of "T" got lost from years of wrist rub. IMG_6586.JPG
     
  3. wwhntr

    wwhntr May 15, 2017

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    Do letters on pictured case back writing have "serifs" or is my eyesight fooling me? Please enlarge picture and examine closely.
     
  4. repoman

    repoman May 15, 2017

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    Just a guess, but any appearance of serifs is possibly just due to imprecise engraving and eyes playing tricks... as you move your eye further away from the caseback, there is clearly no serif, everything looks straight and clean-- its only when you get really close (high resolution images or magnification) that you start to see imprecise edges throughout the lettering and some of that looks like serifs.
     
  5. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell May 16, 2017

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    I'm away from my watch and can't get a photo, but a blowup of gemini4's watch shows that these are definitely serifs. There are many examples in the photo below, but the short crossbar on the F is ironclad.

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  6. noiseboyuk

    noiseboyuk May 17, 2017

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    All the pictures above definitely have serif when zoomed in.
    The top tail missing from the 'T' in the original picture looks like bad engraving.
    I'm not sure whether this indicates 'after market' work - the rest looks too good.