I spotted this slightly unpromising ad on eBay this week but decided to take the plunge after a few glasses of Shiraz :
Roamer watch | eBay
The sellers erroneous description and plain awful pics didn`t inspire great hope but nothing ventured,nothing gained.
When it arrived on Friday it sported years of grime build up and crystal that looked beyond redemption.
When I gave the crown a few gentle turns the watch sprung into life -without the new battery that the seller had thought necessary :0)
I don`t do mechanical work on my watches due to lack of skill,knowledge,tools and innate lack of manual dexterity.
My tool kit therefor comprises :Brasso,toothpaste,WD40, cotton buds,fine grade sanding papers,softwood cocktail sticks an an old toothbrush and various soft polishing cloths.
The years of built up grime hand sealed the push out SS inner case to the chrome plated bezel so a light application of WD40 and a short wait yielded results.
A little applied pressure released the inner case,I removed the crystal and split stem crown to reveal an almost flawless mid 1960`s sunburst effect dial with a tiny little sub second hand.
Over the next 25minutes I just got working with my cheapo "toolkit" and ended up with a really pleasing dress Anfibio.
I forgot to take a photo of the in house MST 424 movement before re-assembly.
The years of dirt had successfully helped keep both water and dust out and after more than a days continuous running it seems to be accurate to within 15 secs .
I will no doubt get it serviced in due course but am pleased to be the owner of a great new budget buy.
It`s often said that knowledge is power regarding eBay so it`s always a nice feeling when we collectors have the balance favour us for a change :0)
When I started collecting about 18 months ago I did get stung by a Franken`(thankfully a cheap one!) but as my knowledge has grown (a lot faster than my budget !) I can at least gradually add pieces to my own albeit modest collection.