It took me a while, but I finally managed to find a 3rd generation Synchron Sharkhunter with both US Divers and Synchron logos on the dial. The added bonuses, it came with its original bracelet and endlinks! The bracelet's tension springs are still nice and tight! It has an orange minute hand!
For the most part, this Sub was fairly clean, needing some slightly below average tidying up.
This particular specimen was a bit interesting compared to the other vintage Subs I have acquired. I couldn't say no when I saw the orange minute hand! For the most part, the case was never polished, except for the crazy high mirror finish on the sides. Dings, well, there were not too many. The largest ding, and it's no big deal at all, is on an odd place, below one of the lugs. Which also brings me to the mirror finish on the bottom of the lugs. All of the vintage models I've seen have always shown traces of a satin finish below.
The dial is clean. It does show signs of pitting. I was able to clean off some of the bigger patina in the edges of the dial with a kneaded rubber eraser. The crystal had a perfectly circular scratch on it with a couple of chips. I took what leftover cerium oxide I had and polished the blemishes out. I'd say it was at 84% when I got it. Now I'd rate the crystal at 95%. The scratches are pretty much gone. The chips look like little air bubbles. The lume is still impressive on dial, hands and bezel.
The bezel was interesting. First, the big red-orange paint dot on the no-deco ring of the bezel is not painted. The best way to describe it - it looks like an orange glass marble pip. It's domed, and catches the light nicely. Factory? The other thing that struck me was the machined satin finish on the no-deco ring of the bezel too. I thought that this part of the bezel was high polished? These marks were clearly factory. Maybe both things were a result of a factory service? The bezel is sharp with the stamping. All I did was satin finish this by hand to ensure the numbers would stay crisp.
Basically, all I did was take the watch apart. Clean the case. Polish the crystal. Re-satin finish the case and bracelet, and touch up the bezel.
The ETA 2783 (Synchron 58) movement looks clean. The stamping in the case back states that the last servicing was done in 1981? So, yeah, it's not telling good time. The date wheel is also trashed. A new one is on its way. The screw-down crown works like a charm. I should be taking it in for servicing within the next couple of weeks to my local guy.
Why have I always wanted a 3rd generation Synchron Sub? They are beasts! Yup, I lost the right side up fight via uploading again....but for comparison, here are two of my Sharkhunters, my 1200T and the 3rd generation Synchron side by side. Synchron wins! Also, I had to have one with this logo combo.
The last time I took one of these pics, I think I had 5 Subs, and that was a couple years back. Life's been good.