A while back I bought, from Ebay an original Speedmaster.
The seller was the Salvation Army in Miami, and they showed only external photos.
While there was no reference shown, it could be deduced that if original, the watch had to be a 105.012, a 63 or 64, most likely a 64 as the T marks are present on the dial, in the closer spaced configuration.
Probably as a result of this obvious "barn find" condition, it was fiercely contested and ended up costing around $7000. So I took the decision to preserve it as much as possible as found - otherwise I would simply turn it into yet another "restored" 105.012 just like all the others.
Here is the back as bought - filthy:
The failed opening marks perhaps indicate why this watch is untouched, perhaps no one could get in. Certainly when we got it open, after great difficulty, all screws looked untouched.
From the front the crystal shows considerable wear, but it can be seen the dial and hands appear untouched and in good condition. The bezel is in terrific shape - just dirty.
(Original Sales Photo)
So I sent it to STS with the instructions to clean the entire watch, and service the movement. I instructed them not to change anything. Normally the service procedure would be to replace the crystal, the pushers, and crown. In the event, the rear gasket was changed and that was all.
Here it is returned. Looks almost the same, which was the idea, just clean.
Still showing all the scratches on the crystal. I considered polishing it, but I have decided not to.
I think I shall leave it as is. It is after all the most original watch I own.
The Salvation Speedmaster | Speedmaster101