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I hate to let this watch go, but the opportunity presented itself to buy another piece I've had my eye on, and I have to fund the purchase as I am not independently wealthy! :(
For your consideration is a 1960's Waltham Bathyscaphe style diver - otherwise known as a "Baby Blancpain". These Waltham divers were introduced in the late 1950's and were made through the 1960's. They were made by Blancpain for Waltham, and you can see the DNA in the styling, fit and finish. These are rare birds, and don't come-up often.
The size of 34mm and the watch is powered by a AS 1686 manual movement. As seen by the watchmakers mark, the movement was serviced in March 2013. It is currently running well and keeps excellent time.
The bakelite bezel is the "star of the show" and is in excellent shape, no cracks and all hash-marks and numerals are in tact. The dial is lovely, with the right amount of patina you would expect in a 50 year old piece. Lume on the dial and hands is original. Crystal is in very nice shape, no chips, scratches or crazing. The case shows normal signs of use for a vintage watch, one very slight ding on the left lug as shown. The case back has some tool marks, but all etching is clear, intact and legible.
I've tried to capture all of above in my pictures. Overall the condition of this watch is one of the nicest out there.
I am asking $1850 with choice of Tropic Black, Tropic Brown or Alligator grain strap - all shown in pictures. I also have a Beads of Rice with 19mm ends and will sell with the watch for $2000. Either purchase option plus shipping. Shipping via FedEx or UPS with full coverage via ParcelPro insurance. Payment via PayPal or Bank-wire.
Prefer a sale in the CONUS, but will consider international sale based on the reputation of the buyer.
Please message me with questions or interest. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Chronotrader & Jeff for the space! Jeff