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  1. Speedmasterfan88

    Speedmasterfan88 Oct 20, 2015

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  2. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Oct 20, 2015

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    Ah yes we have had a few comments regarding this seller. Here's how I see it.

    No serial number given. Deliberately xxxx's out even the first 4 digits.
    Poor photos. Perhaps they have been touched up.
    Hands appear to be replacements
    Assembling a watch is child's play compared to manufacturing bezels.
    Buy (or don't buy) the seller.
     
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  3. E-diddy

    E-diddy Oct 20, 2015

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    Pretty annoying not to have picture zoom
     
  4. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Oct 20, 2015

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    Second look reveals serial number bridge a different copper shade compared to rest of movement.
    One of two movement anchor screws is gauged. Does not match other screw.
    These movement characteristics indicate a watch assembly.
     
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  5. Davidt

    Davidt Oct 20, 2015

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    There are several things wrong with the listing. Most notably, the poor quality pictures, the sellers attitude on here previously and the fact that the first 2+ digits of the serial can't be seen.

    However, that aside, I think the watch itself could be great. All the parts are correct for a 105.003-65, down to the pushers and crown. They also show very similar levels of wear, which is minimal. No parts stick out as been excessively under or overly damaged when compared to others. The hue of the hour markers matches other lightly worn examples of this reference and the case appears unpolished (although the pictures make it hard to verify).

    Although the sellers attitude here previously left a lot to be desired, it was generally accepted that he got into the game some years ago and it's very possible that this is genuine. BUT, the 'buy the seller' mantra would be ringing in my ears.
     
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  6. Speedmasterfan88

    Speedmasterfan88 Oct 20, 2015

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    Thanks for the fast replys! I will keep an eye on this. Further question: whats with the numbers on the bezel being somehow printed onto the outer steel ring? Is this common with this model? As I have never seen this before. Sorry if this is a somehow newbyish question but I'm just starting to dive into the vast world of vintage Speedmasters.

    Cheers.
     
    Edited Oct 20, 2015
  7. blubarb

    blubarb Oct 21, 2015

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    Just about everything you will need to know on Speedies can be found here: http://speedmaster101.com/ I suggest you read and study it before you outlay a single cent on a Speedy.
     
  8. dennisthemenace

    dennisthemenace Hey, he asked for it! Oct 21, 2015

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    I see what you mean about the bezel printing.
    Even without that I would give this seller a wide berth. Personally I don't find him trustworthy.
     
  9. mozambique

    mozambique Oct 21, 2015

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    Movement serial number starts with 25 which puts it in 1967 145.012 territory, not 105.003.................Hhhmmm.........an artifact of historic servicing at Omega, where I understand they were not always careful at keeping the movement with the watch it belonged to , or a shoe-in..................
     
  10. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Oct 21, 2015

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    105.003s have some weird serial ranges, I've definitely seen '65s in the 25.44M block many times
     
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  11. mozambique

    mozambique Oct 21, 2015

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    ah.........good to know
     
  12. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Oct 21, 2015

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    Yup. The 105.003-65 was produced until 1967 and sent to distributors as late as 1969. Many serial numbers in the lower half of the 25 range
     
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