This is my first serious vintage purchase, my first mechanical chronograph, my first bullhead style watch, my first panda dial, my first order from a mysterious far-eastern seller, and my first solid nickel watch.
I confess to having discovered this watch and immediately started the hunt for one. I also knew immediately that while I did care about getting an all original piece, I also did not want one of the many hideously bright orange/yellow/purple/pink redials with neon colored hands.
I was able to find a lovely panda dial version with (IMHO) tasteful red chrono hands. The hour and minute hands seem to be original, as do the markers (only half of which seem to have any lume at all). The case has been polished and the crown replaced with a steel one. I believe the bezel was also re-painted (though a spot seems to have flaked already, a notorious issue with the Bullhead).
As you would expect with a vintage piece, it is far from perfect. While the chrono resets perfectly, the day/date takes hours to change. Date flips over at approximately 5 oclock and the day sometime around 730ish. There are some scratches on the case and pushers. The bezel is flaked. The aftermarket bracelet is absolute rubbish (though it does use some crazy system of small brass spring bars to hold links in rather than pins or screws).
While I'm certainly uncertain about the Bullhead staying a part of my small collection forever, I love the balance of vintage charm with slight restoration. I also love the size as most modern watches are far too large for me to enjoy. The price is also very attractive for a mechanical chronograph.
Let's just say that I like it enough to have ordered a better bracelet as well as a black and red leather rally strap.