A few months ago I attended an auction house in Eastbourne to check out a speedie 125 and observe how much a 60's speedie would sell for. Well the 125 was pretty well beaten up and went for £900 plus commission (not to me) while the early speedmaster went for £16000 plus commission. I had also noted a 198.0001 seamaster f300. It wasn't working but the pictures of the movement looked ok and I'd become more interested in these over the past months so I put in a bid and got it for £155 including commission. Not bad I thought, send it for a basic service and a new battery and all will be well. Paul at electric watches was too busy to take on new work but I was lucky to be put into contact with Keith Tilley (thanks padders for that) and gave him the watch for, what I thought, a simple fix. Unfortunately as well as the service and the battery the list of parts that needed replacing included: movement plate, date ring, index wheel and intermediate wheel. So this cost quite a lot more than I had intended investing in it. However, since I got it back from Keith it's kept superb time and I think looks very handsome on it's new strap. The moral of this story, for me at least, is don't buy tuning fork watches at auction which aren't already running correctly except for spares. Any further purchases will be via the forum.