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    Vintage 300t restoration, yay or nay?

    I found a cheap vintage 300T for sale but I'm not sure if I should buy it. It had very serious water damage and basically it needs a new movement, also several parts are missing like the hands, bezel and crown. How difficult is it to find replacement parts for a first generation Syncron Sub 300T? Should I get it and search for the parts to get it restored or would this take to long to do?

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    Re: Vintage 300t restoration, yay or nay?

    Nay, too much damage
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    Re: Vintage 300t restoration, yay or nay?

    It's very damaged but man I'd love to see everything restored except the dial.
    Leave the dial, it would be pretty cool.
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    Re: Vintage 300t restoration, yay or nay?

    In my opinion this isn't a good candidate for a restoration. too much missing or damaged. Vintage Doxa sub parts are not readily available and tackling a project like this could take very very long to complete.
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    Re: Vintage 300t restoration, yay or nay?

    By the looks of that movement, seems it was submerged for a very long time then put away wet. So unless you're looking to add to your parts collection, save your money. Despite a lifetime love of Doxas, lack of replacement parts is exactly why I sold all of my vintage Doxas some time ago.
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    I'm still thinking to get it, it's just over $300. Seeing this I wish I got the nos dail that was sold last month.

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    Re: Vintage 300t restoration, yay or nay?

    It's the bezel that is the biggest issue, they are near impossible to find.

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    Re: Vintage 300t restoration, yay or nay?

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    It's the bezel that is the biggest issue, they are near impossible to find.

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    Yeah, bezels are up there with the Holy Grail via searching! This one looks good for parts. I'm restoring a metric bezeled pre-Synchron Professional that I found at a Watch & Clock market in Del Mar this past October. Mine is just missing the second hand and crown. All else needed some major elbow grease action. It was mess, but I thought to take on the challenge. I know feeling when you see these old parts.

    Good thing is movements aren't tough to source, the Doxa calibre 118 is really an ETA 2472. You can always find watches for fairly cheap to gut.
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    Re: Vintage 300t restoration, yay or nay?

    So, basically you'd be buying a good case and some rust.
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    I decided not to buy it and keep an eye open for one in better condition.
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