Bought this recently while I was browsing the store on east side of the bay. The pictures were terrible and information scant. I couldn't identify the model. Clearly this seller had not dealt with watches much. But on a hunch I made an offer and it was accepted.
It arrived with a ghastly cheap Chinese band. And there was a deep scratch on the crystal (see picture. I couldn't get to the spring bars, they were hidden by this lightweight golden atrocity. So I twisted the band at each end. It quickly broke off. A small screwdriver applied to the remains of the band at the lugs eventually liberated the poor watch.
Next I set to work on the crystal, which is plastic, with 1500 grit wet and dry sandpaper. The crystal quickly fogged up. Next I spread a liberal amount of Meguiars #17 Mirror Glaze Plastic Cleaner on the crystal. it seems to work by gently melting the plastic. Although I may be imagining this. I left this sticky paste on the crystal for about 10 minutes then wiped it off and buffed it with a soft cloth. Bingo, no scratch. Not a trace.
I went over the case and back with a small amount of 3M Aluminum or - Aluminium - Restorer and Polish. 3M says " Removes oxidation and restores a bright, lustrous finish to bare or painted aluminum". But I swear it's magic on gold and stainless steel. As you rub it in with a clean cloth the cloth turns black. A chemical reaction perhaps. Then polish it with another clean cloth until no more blackness appears on the cloth. The result is stunning. It makes heavily tarnished watches look almost new. Not sure, but I think it's a very mild abrasive. You can take out fine scratches on gold-filled cases with it.
Next I had to find a suitable band for this poor abused watch. By coincidence I had just received an NOS Stuller Lizard Skin band from Vintage Watch Bands. I held it up against the watch and inhaled deeply. It was a match made in heaven. Look at the pictures and see if you agree.
So dear readers what is this watch. Can't find it on My Bul. Because of the oval shape of the case I thought it might be a Banker variant, but I don't think so. Case is 1963, the 11AFC movement is 1962. What is it? Can somebody tell me?