I bought a West End Watch Co Day-Date from whitelotus24in on eBay, who is located in India. Given some of the comments about redialled old rusting watches coming from that part of the world I had some trepidation over what might actually arrive. However, I ordered it because I liked the look of the watch (Day-Date at 6) and pictures of the movement seemed good. The dial was clearly worked on, but looked to be a good restoration / new one. I wasn’t necessarily after true original parts, I wanted a watch that I liked the look of. Oddly, while the dial was new looking, the hands seemed older, this mis-match was concerning, but not enough to put me off bidding. Other people seemed to like this watch too, as the bidding went higher than average for that seller.
The watch arrived 3 weeks after winning the auction, inside the time window clearly specified by the seller.
Small packet, tightly wrapped:
Not the most pleasant description of my new purchase:
Inside the outer wrapping my address appears again, nice touch:
Strong plastic box, Styrofoam balls, well protected:
Finally, first glimpse:
There it is:
The watch is spotlessly clean, no mark on the SS or face and the strap is better than expected (I might actually use this one).
It has quickset for day and date, but it does not hack. I back-hacked it (why do I feel like I am trying to be a heart surgeon when doing that?) to within 1 second of the atomic clock (seemingly my heart surgery skills aren’t good enough to get it spot on first time ).
I didn’t wind it, just wore it. 24 hours later it is -16 seconds. So not bad, but not fantastic, I’ll see if this is stable and perhaps try and regulate it.
I really like the watch. My only hesitation is the hands, I don’t know why someone would put a new dial on and then use old/original hands that clearly do not match, especially when new / NOS hands are available. I might change those sometime. However, I knew that before buying it so it was not a surprise and despite that I am very pleased with my purchase.