i rarely buy anything anymore. i have my eternas and those i long for, i can't afford. or won't afford, that is. anyway, occasionally i miss having a black dialed watch, so it was in this mindset i set out to browse ebay's offerings of mid-range producers. one of those companys is wyler. they produced affordable watches fitted with their incaflex balance employing ETA or AS ebauches. they're solid, if uninspiring, and good examples can be had for not a lot of money. i was looking for a stainless model as i don't wear a lot of gold, but happened upon this little fellow (sellers pic):
dial looked to be ok under a horrid crystal. it was gold, and so i wasn't really interested until i saw an image of the back:
wyler used a lot of one piece case designs. these, as most of you know, require a split stem and the movement loads through the front. this particular case looked a little worn with an occasional ding here and there. but that one ding on the lug looked far more interesting than the rest. there was no movement shot, which isn't rare for these as most people don't know how to open them. lucky for me. i took a chance at $25 and won it being the only bid. here's what i just received:
dial is actually perfect having aged to the famous chocolate color. forgive my horrible camera.
hopefully, these terrible pics show what a pleasing color this is. but that's not the best part. those of you with sharp eyes no doubt noticed that the ding in the lug wasn't a ding at all, but a hallmark.
yep, solid 14k gold watch for $25. not a big watch at 32mm across excluding crown, but i can wear it. and will. running well as of now. just need to clean up that crystal.