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Another "I Love a Scratched Crystal" Thread - CB Style

  1. Selbo

    Selbo Apr 22, 2015

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    I came across this listing which fortunately included a few out of focus pictures to scare away the "so pretty and shiny" crowd. With those facets, there was no mistaking the case reference. The price was below market value and included a 1039/516 bracelet so I figured it was worth the risk to buy quick and hope that the dial would pop after a decent spit shine. It already looked promising. Here is the before:

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    I got the watch and quickly gave up on polishing the hesalite - too far gone for my skill level. Instead, I replaced it with a new one from Ofrei. Here is the after:

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    Looks shiny and pretty to me! The dial appears to have spots but you can see that the minute hand blew up at some point. This is all lume particles that should brush right off. Don't want this stuff floating into the movement so my new find is away for a service. Hopefully, the lume on the minute hand can be matched. Either way, I'm happy. I always wanted a CB. Amazing what you can uncover if you're able to see through crappy pictures and a scratched crystal.
     
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  2. lwong

    lwong Apr 22, 2015

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    What a great find, congratulations! I wish I had your luck!
     
  3. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Apr 22, 2015

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    Very nice find!

    Get that minute hand repacked as I understand they can deform if left empty.
     
  4. gophishin

    gophishin Apr 22, 2015

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    wow, great gamble, enjoy!
     
  5. JohnSteed

    JohnSteed Apr 22, 2015

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    Nice grab!!
     
  6. ChicagoFrog

    ChicagoFrog wincer, not a bidder Apr 22, 2015

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    Awesome, great work! Truth be told, I actively look for pictures exactly like you described. Tells me that the seller usually isn't very refined and it'll scare away more risk averse purchasers. As long as you know what's there, that's the only important thing. Well done.
     
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  7. Spacefruit

    Spacefruit Prolific Speedmaster Hoarder Apr 22, 2015

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    Yes.
    Nice Find
     
  8. Mothra

    Mothra Apr 22, 2015

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    what search terms can you use on ebay? I've tried 'crappy photos' and 'scratched crystal' and even 'cant be arsed about selling' and all I came up with was a recent listing here....
     
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  9. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Apr 22, 2015

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    Try "uncle's watch"
     
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  10. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Apr 22, 2015

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    All I got were these amazing "Pateks"
     
  11. scruffy

    scruffy Apr 22, 2015

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    nice looking watch :thumbsup:
     
  12. noelekal

    noelekal Apr 22, 2015

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    A gamble, nicely rewarded. Looks good!

    This is a tidbit of information that I've not heard before.
     
  13. alfanator

    alfanator Apr 22, 2015

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    Nice narrow t dial to boot.
     
  14. justwatching

    justwatching Apr 22, 2015

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    Good find! Did u find it in ebay or somewhere else?
     
  15. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Apr 22, 2015

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    As an aside, it really really annoys me when people use abbreviations as if everyone else knows what you mean... and it's a way to say "screw you" to those who don't.

    What the heck is a "CB"?

    Tom
     
  16. justwatching

    justwatching Apr 23, 2015

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    CB is for central boites. Its the name of the company that made these speedmaster cases for these models that give them a distinctive look becuase of the faceted lugs.
     
  17. Bienne2998

    Bienne2998 Apr 23, 2015

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    I understand your point, VetPsychWars (wow - what a name). That's exactly how I felt, when I started to follow this forum. But after a certain time I startet to like it because it is part of the whole self-educating process that happens here. A good ressource to fill the blank gaps is Spacefruits site (www.speedmaster101.com) where you find information on the CB case (assessment guide - 105.012-66) or the search site from this forum.
     
  18. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Apr 23, 2015

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    Take it you wont be buying a DSOM , GSOTM or even a PO with a HV on OF then.;)
     
  19. ock2915

    ock2915 Apr 23, 2015

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    ¡¡¡¡ What a change ¡¡¡¡ , fantastic find , congratulations:thumbsup:
     
  20. sulaco

    sulaco Apr 24, 2015

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    awesome watch :thumbsup: