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What prompted the overstamp? I have seen plausible explanations but nothing factual so far.
The Waltham serial number records indicate this is from a run of 21j Vanguards. This was about the time they were adding a jeweled mainwheels to their higher-grade models, so very likely this one was upgraded before it left the factory -- hence the drilled out "21" replaced with a plug marked "23"only counting 21. Where are the other two jewels?
DTBeautiful watch MM. I really like the look of Romans on an open face dial. Nice heavy looking 14k case. Is that a Roy case? I’ve been looking for an open face clean case for a while now with little success.
Did you have any trouble removing the stem on either of your watches when you recased? I just posted a question in the “repair“ section regarding this. I’m having a difficult time getting one of my 88‘s out of the case.
Sorry MM for the confusion — not implying your case was a re-case. It’s a beautiful watch!DT
I am not sure exactly why you think it is a re-case? I have not touched it. From what I can see it looks good. This is the way I bought it at the Nationals last week. The other marks on the case rim are not screw marks when you look at it closely.
Either way, my focus was on the movement. For what I sold my previous movement w/o a case I ended up with a complete gold watch for a few hundred dollars more. I am 100% happy that my friend gave me a great deal on it. Re-case or not.
... and yes I do not even try to put 88 movements in cases any more!
DTSSorry MM for the confusion — not implying your case was a re-case. It’s a beautiful watch!
My re-case comment was based on a current issue I’m having with a case and seeing if you’ve had previous experience swapping cases since you were speaking of bare movements.
Fantastic 905. I'd need to check some other examples but the "3 Adjusted" by the balance wheel might be "Adjusted" with a very fancy "A" but no "3".