For one reason or another this has taken about two years to get back from my local watchmaker - including sourcing not one, but two chrono second hands! I'd almost forgotten how great it looks in person.
I got this out of the box this morning at it was already set at Friday the 15th. I guess the chance of that would be 1 in 7 AND 1 in 31, suggesting a probability of 1 in 217 that this alignment would be in place.
So last month I'm looking at this mint Black SQ clasp someone had up on the bay for $10, thinking I should buy that I'll probably need it someday...gurr. Yesterday's mail call a 6923-6009 near mint, but needs a clasp. Can't complain much as I've quite the tear of uncommons this month.
This March 1969 6139-6000 SpeedTimer was rebuilt and relumed by our very own Adrian at Vintage Time Australia. I sold off its brother from Feb. 1969 as it just couldn't compare which is really saying something.
This one features its original, super rare early chrome rimmed domed crystal. Adrian had his crystal restorer guy polish it like new. It is my favorite feature of this early example. See first close-up the chrome rim is easily observed.
The hands are all original. The matte style hour and minute are well known to be the early version, as is the 2-piece seconds hand. What amazes me is that both the red sweeper and sub dial minutes counter hand have a wonderful iridescent quality when viewed from certain angles. It is simply an aged patina thing, and absolutely amazing to look at in the metal. I try to capture this in the second close-up, kind of hard to photograph.
Tomorrow for International Pogue Day I will finish strong.