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  1. DTMwatch

    DTMwatch Nov 15, 2015

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    This Speedmaster 145.022-69 is a birth-year watch that I recently was fortunate to acquire. I love the looks of Speedmaster Professional s, but I am not sure about the "patina" on the bezel. It doesn't look as bad in the flesh but the dial has flaking as depicted in the photos below. I am considering getting a new bezel for it, but I thought I would get some opinions first. Thank you. IMG_20151114_103524397.jpg IMG_20151114_103933416.jpg IMG_20151114_103539813.jpg IMG_20151114_104008454.jpg
     
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  2. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell Nov 15, 2015

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    I've seen worse, and a decent replacement will run you well over $500.
     
  3. chadpowe11

    chadpowe11 Nov 15, 2015

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    It looks great! I wouldn't change it. You bought a 69 not a 2014.

    Cheers
     
  4. Davidt

    Davidt Nov 15, 2015

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    If you want a very good DoN bezel you can double that at the moment.

    It's a vintage watch with normal wear. The three options are;

    1. Keep it as is.
    2. Cough up for another vintage bezel in better condition.
    3. Put on a modern bezel.

    Or 4. Keep this as your daily watch, and buy another in good all round condition which already has a good bezel!

    I know which id choose.....
     
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  5. Traveler

    Traveler Nov 15, 2015

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    +1 - looks good as it is
     
  6. hugo

    hugo Nov 16, 2015

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    it looks acceptable condition for vintage, anyway your strap is really nice
     
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  7. Psych

    Psych Nov 16, 2015

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    On the rare occasions that I have owned a newish car, it has always been such a relief to receive a first ding (once I've got over the initial grief). You can wear this everyday with a light and happy heart. That is a delicious croc strap.
     
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  8. DTMwatch

    DTMwatch Nov 16, 2015

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    Thanks for all of the comments.

    The strap looks great in my opinion and is really comfortable, too.
     
  9. Cal_321

    Cal_321 Nov 17, 2015

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    keep it! Looks good!
     
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  10. ChrisBRoy

    ChrisBRoy Nov 17, 2015

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    Thy are right! keep it like it is!!
     
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  11. Majork

    Majork Nov 17, 2015

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    Looks conform to the rest of the watch.
    The investment would be much higher than the actual improvement is worth IMO
     
  12. tomo

    tomo Nov 18, 2015

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    Beautiful every day speedy.
     
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  13. Giff2577

    Giff2577 Quick with the tools! Nov 18, 2015

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    It looks fantastic the way it is! If you end up selling it let me know as my '69 has WAY more flaking than that.
     
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  14. blunosr

    blunosr Nov 18, 2015

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    I was in a similar boat with my 69. Decided to switch the original bezel out for a NOS non dot over 90 from the same time period. I love how clean it looks with the new bezel and I love how much character it has with the old. A few dollars for some simple tools and I can change them out almost as easily as a strap.



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  15. Giff2577

    Giff2577 Quick with the tools! Nov 18, 2015

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  16. al128

    al128 unsolicited co-moderation giverer Nov 18, 2015

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    pls tell us more about the strap... what material is it?
    thx al
     
  17. DTMwatch

    DTMwatch Nov 18, 2015

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    It's an alligator strap I had made in the "vintage" style. It is really nice and comfortable. I can't recall whether this forum allows naming sources so I won't. Thanks for asking.
     
  18. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Nov 18, 2015

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    It does. It's encouraged. People want to know.
     
  19. DTMwatch

    DTMwatch Nov 18, 2015

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    This is the second strap I have order from Peterwatchacc, who is on TZ. Both were beautiful straps and fair priced for the quality.
     
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