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    Default Waltham diver watch on ebay

    Any thoughts about this as to the possibility and cost of doing it up?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-W...IAAOSwCcZaCJce
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    May I suggest people reply via private message if they want to help out?
    Could avoid spoiling the auction for everybody if someone who knows the answer was planning to bid...

    Just a thought, happy to discuss if this is a bad idea,
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    I have a plated one and a steel one, both projects and both still works in progress. The only word of caution would be that parts that seem the same often aren't on these Walthams, an example being the bezel which seems to have changed its internal design through the life of the model. As these don't cost a fortune in good condition I reckon it would be better to either a) wait for a good one, or b) buy this one hopefully cheap, get the movement serviced and the second hand straightened, and wear it as it is.

    I might be able to say something more specific about h+m hands and bezel by PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hookedseven View Post
    The only word...
    it's that one missing word in the listing scenario that we talked about just recently again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    it's that one missing word in the listing scenario that we talked about just recently again!
    Erm... nope... you've lost me Dave

    But I guess you mean the "B" word ?

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    Looks like a piece of junk. I've had a couple of these, this one I wouldn't give 100 for.

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    Hey, one man's junk is another man's... erm... no you're right it's junk

    But I'd give him a hundred quid for it, already six quid in profit with almost a week left !

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    Quote Originally Posted by hookedseven View Post
    Hey, one man's junk is another man's... erm...
    hey that could be an 18 carat crown plus the case back is marked AM.. erm..

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    I believe I'd leave that one alone. You can get an all stainless steel automatic in better condition if you're patient. Waltham was sold to the Swiss in the 1960s and the quality after that was all over the place. The watch in this auction is one of their cheaper ones. But at least it's got a movement that's easy to find parts for....

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    These manual wind divers were all over for awhile. Sheffield, Waltham, many brand X examples, many pin levers, many 1Jewels. They would seem to be tough to keep waterproof winding them daily. Some didn't have the good double O ring crowns. Waltham also was using PUW automatic German movements about this time, this one has an AS movement. I'm sorry, but I wouldn't even take a second look at those watches at any price.

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    Good advice methinks. Thanks Gents.
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    Well it just sold for pretty much 1K which I have to admit surprised me given the condition (especially the case). I suppose it's still a lot cheaper than a real full-fat Blancpain signed one.

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