The 809s that this 1450 came with were also shaved down, but I appreciated how much easier that made removing them and I also take it as a sign that the watch was serviced at least once in its lifetime. What's the difference between the 809s and the 808s that Ofrei carries?Originally Posted by michwir
Apologies in advance for the lousy picture quality. I got lucky gambling on the Bay. Seller in Turkey with about 4 previous sales. None of the photos showed the sweep hand reset whereas all his other watches for sale on his non-Bay website were zeroed out. I was prepared for problems on receipt but it was listed with 14 days to return for money back and it was covered under PayPal/Bay protection. When it arrived, I recorded the opening in case some other watch came out of the box...or a brick. So far, all functions work perfectly and the bracelet is a mint 1450/809s but I already took it off and put on an 1171/633s...I'm guessing that's something obscene to the purists, but I think I'm just going to flip the bracelet. IMO, it's practically indistinguishible from the 1171 unless you turn it over. I'm taking it to my watch guy to open it up and check the movement and make sure the caseback is 376.0082 and not 176.0012 (etc). Does everything else on this one look Kosher to you guys?
I already had a NOS English day wheel and just ordered a NOS date wheel (Part 1580) because I never really liked the aged yellowing thing. The only thing that bothers me more than 2 yellowed wheels is one yellow and one white. Anybody suggest leaving the original yellowish date wheel and swapping in the yellowed English day wheel from my Mark 4.5 before I sell it instead of just installing matching NOS (white) day & date wheels? I understand the appeal of matching both wheels to the hour markers and I'm open to that since there are no more Grail dials, let alone any that aren't aged. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice. One of these days I'll get a better camera than my wife's phone.