This rarely seen vintage Silver Extra 1000M diver is truly special and presents much better in person than in the pictures. It has an orange accented matte gray "T SWISS MADE T" signed dial that is in pristine condition, free of visibly noticeable scratching, tool marks, chipping or defects. The original lume on the dial and hands, which remains fully intact and emits a faint, short-lived glow after being exposed to bright light, has aged to a perfectly matching warm buttermilk hue. The all stainless steel bezel, which ratchets smoothly bidirectionally, is in lovely condition with the large orange lume dot complementing the dial and hands beautifully.
The massive, heavy duty all stainless steel case is in excellent condition, showing light wear, no visibly significant dents or dings and no signs of oxidation. The outer edge of the case back is stamped "TESTED 3000 FEET" with "WATERRESISTANT INCABLOC ANTIMAGNETIC STAINLESS STEEL SWISS MADE AUTOMATIC" stamped along the inner edge and "692801" stamped in the center. The inside of the case back is stamped "MODELE" followed by MLB.
While the integrity of the crystal appears to be intact it should be replaced as it shows crazing. In person and on the wrist the crazing looks much more subdued than in the pictures and in my humble opinion is not much of a distraction. The quickset date function works flawlessly by manually rolling over a new date and then moving the hour hand repeatedly between the 21 and 24 hour marks until the desired date has been reached. After unscrewing the screwdown crown and giving it 39 winds the movement had a solid power reserve of approximately 37 hours. The crown winds buttery smooth.
Although the movement runs strong and keeps accurate time, given its unknown service history (there appears to be one watchmaker service marking on the inside of the case back but it cannot be deciphered), a full overhaul is recommended. This watch measures approximately 43 mm excluding the crown, approximately 45 mm including the crown and approximately 20 mm between the lugs. Case thickness, measured from the bottom of the case back to the top of the bezel, is approximately 11 mm. Including the crystal thickness measures approximately 14 mm.This watch comes on a lightly used black two keeper thick rubber strap with brushed buckle that is very comfortable. Although the movement runs strong and keeps accurate time, given its unknown service history a full overhaul is recommended. As such there are no warranties, express or implied, attached with the sale of this watch.
Vintage means old and while my personal belief is that old-school means better quality and workmanship, things can and do go wrong from time to time. Any servicing costs going forward are your responsibility. And please study the 12 high magnification pictures carefully as they are part of the description and serve as an accurate representation of the condition of this watch. The item "Vintage Silver Extra 3000 Feet Diver withPristine Dial, Patina, Massive All SS Case" is in sale since Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "savethetreestoday" and is located in Issaquah, Washington.
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