Most of my readers will have bought watches on eBay in the past, and will have had good and bad experiences. The bad ones tend to be very bad indeed, as there are quite a few sellers out there that do not describe what they sell properly.
This watch was bought by my client Stephen from eBay seller tempus.fugit.2012
On closer inspection, youcan already see four problems. Firstly, the date window on the dial is wrong. It’s not the right shape, and you can see the teeth of the date wheel on the left. Secondly, the second hand is red – that doesn’t look original to me. Thirdly, the batons on the markers are just painted on, instead of being little rubber inlays. And, last but not least, somebody fitted a normal crystal instead of a tension ring crystal, so it will pop out easily. And I haven’t opened up the watch yet!
The dial back. At least a couple of restorations, and the last one with the wrong markers and the wrong date window. Even though the dial feet are still there, there are no dial screws, and the dial was glued on. The mind boggles.
Somebody hit the auto winder bridge with a punch or something similar, and quite hard by the way it looks. You have to move the gears a bit to let the bridge slide into position. Alternatively, use a hammer.
This is my favourite bit. Looks like the pendant tube was missing, and, instead of buying one that fits, or modifying one, somebody hammered a pendant tube into the case. Now it fits.
I’ve had enough, and I don’t want to take the movement apart, but I’m sure there would be more surprises if I did.
This is one of the shoddiest watches off eBay I’ve seen, and I’ve seen quite a few. If tempus.fugit.2012 has any sort of conscience, he should fully refund and stop selling crap like this.