The things we buy...
...but I've NEVER had one this bad, yet still running (mostly - apart from the date).
I have been after this model for a while, the MST477 (ETA) is very uncommon, maybe even rare. There are similar looking ones with MST478 (also ETA) but hidden lugs, which I don't like as much, but must also acquire at some point.
Anyway, enjoy the butchery.
Didn't look too terrible, maybe.
Stem fell out instantly (We'll come back to this later). Note you can see the dial edge. Missing seconds hand.
Crystal. Instead of the armored conventional plexi - home made, fitted into the bezel, almost no dome, hence missing seconds hand. This is a pocketwatch style crystal, homemade as the edges are bumpy. No doubt the dial is so bad due to this crystal which would have had no water resistance at all.
Bezel has been wrecked with these three massive dents around the edge, so much so that the metal on the lower part has fractured. Of course the bezel doesn't fit.
Second dent. Worse split.
And another. Considering what else I found on this watch - I doubt these were accidental, but rather ham fisted.
Armored ring, cut. I think it was acting as a support for the bodged crystal.
Glue to hold the dial in place.
Movement is not so bad.
The MST 477 I wanted.
But... there is more bad news on the way. Post it after I collect my daughter.