So… I was driving home from a business trip today and, needing to pee, stopped at an indoor flea market. Wandered around, and came across this little beauty. 1973 Bell-Matic, on the original integrated bracelet! Started up with a few shakes and the alarm worked, as did the quickset date change. Decided it was worth risking 50 bucks on.
Got it home, looked at the movement (which GLEAMED), sized the bracelet (and this thing will need a GOOD cleaning, you wouldn’t believe the grot that came out of the bracelet links). Not terrible numbers on the timegrapher, (within 30+/day and OK amplitude, but pretty large beat error, so it’ll need a service I think).
I hate to think what this watch did to someone to make them take a hacksaw to the caseback though. Seriously, I have no idea what this idiot was thinking. Chunks out of the metal. I’m trying to decide if I should attempt to buff out what I can or just leave it. Its not visible when wearing.
That poor watch... What were they thinking??
Despite the caseback hacking, I’m pretty happy with the purchase. It exudes 1970's coolness!