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A stunning 165024-64 SM 300, the one that almost got away...

  1. JanV

    JanV Jan 29, 2019

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    Happy days,

    Got this beautiful 165024 -64 HF, a serial 23.000.xxx (late 1965) with one of the most beautiful and rare type B bezel and dial i’ve ever seen.

    This one almost slipped my hands due to a work trip and not being able to bid on it in an auction. I grieved and thought this one was lost forever, but luck and destiny must have played an role this time.

    I visited my watchmaker and told him that I was heart broken of a watch I missed. Some time went talking about other watches and he pulled out a watch he recently had acquired.

    And what do my eyes see!? The same watch!!
    Sometimes the stars do align...

    So today I picked it up, fully serviced and ready for another 55 years, now on my wrist
    with a 1506-16 bracelet stamped 4/66.

    How high would we have gone against each other if I would have been bidding on this one also? :)
     
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    Edited Jan 29, 2019
  2. eugeneandresson

    eugeneandresson Jan 29, 2019

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    ::love::::love::::love::
     
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  3. speedamatuer

    speedamatuer Jan 29, 2019

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    Absolutely stunning.
     
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  4. KingCrouchy

    KingCrouchy Jan 29, 2019

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    Gorgeous Piece!! Enjoy it and wear it in good health!:thumbsup:
     
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  5. kov

    kov Jan 29, 2019

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    An absolute beauty ! Congrats, that's a keeper :thumbsup:
     
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  6. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Jan 29, 2019

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    That is a nice one!
     
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  7. Slevin kelevra

    Slevin kelevra Jan 29, 2019

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    very cool, what a stunner!
     
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  8. trash_gordon

    trash_gordon Jan 29, 2019

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    Wow. That's a nice example. Congrats.
     
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  9. Au79

    Au79 Aluminium Jan 29, 2019

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    What a wonderful story. Watch is beautiful.
     
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  10. Rolycoaster

    Rolycoaster Jan 29, 2019

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    That is a real beauty, well done. Out of interest, (if you don't mind, and feel free to ignore if you do) you must have a good idea what it cost your watchmaker in total from the auction. Did he service the watch or just check it over? What % was he happy with as a profit and did you pay less than you'd have been willing to pay from the auction?
     
  11. JimJupiter

    JimJupiter Jan 29, 2019

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    Congrats, one of the best examples I have ever seen! That look of dial and bezel is just *wow*

    Nico
     
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  12. bikehomero

    bikehomero Jan 29, 2019

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    Thank you for sharing. Great looking one!
     
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  13. NickC

    NickC Jan 29, 2019

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    Wow! An absolute beauty!
     
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  14. hanky6

    hanky6 Jan 29, 2019

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    I have been looking for pretty much exactly that watch for the last two years, congratulations.
    And dibs of course.
     
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  15. Dero13

    Dero13 4 watches. All set to the wrong time. Jan 29, 2019

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    Since no ones said it yet. Dibs!! Awesome
     
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  16. gminnj

    gminnj Jan 29, 2019

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    Really fantastic example. Have seen so many poor ones over the last year or so, that I almost convinced myself this was an itch I didn’t need to scratch.

    Then, to see one like yours...

    Congrats & fun story of acquisition.
     
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  17. JanV

    JanV Jan 29, 2019

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    In this specific occasion I just shut my eyes and paid him what he wanted for it. I calculated that if I would have been also bidding on this (opposite him), it would have eventually ended up the same price as I paid him, after all cost would have been calculated including service. Now my watchmaker just got a better profit and both where happy with the deal. :)
     
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  18. Au79

    Au79 Aluminium Jan 29, 2019

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    You are a wise man. With all truly worthwhile purchases, you will soon forget the monetary amount and just fall more deeply in love with your watch. Well done!
     
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  19. Rolycoaster

    Rolycoaster Jan 29, 2019

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    Thanks, I'm not surprised you were happy to 'pay what it cost' as it must have seemed like the most incredible serendipity and not easy to find one as good as this.

    Always good to keep some cash out of the auction's hands too.

    MOT
    Rolycoaster
     
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  20. Dgercp

    Dgercp Jan 29, 2019

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    Great story and glorious piece.
    The B bezel just amazing!
     
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