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A months wage when you are in the forces isn't such a big deal.   All your food and accommodation is paid for you can save pretty well I imagine. 


Also its a case of just getting lucky... The right model and good timing to end up with that dial. 



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11 hours ago, r-macus said:

Must have been stored in some damp basement, for an unworn watch there seems to be a bit of grime/corrosion, on bezel and bracelet especially.

The polishes used back in the day were quick to lose their emulsification... the solvent in the polish in the warmer, drier environment would separate and leave a polish residue that would tarnish due to oxidation. This is fairly common with "discovered" stored unworns. But its not actually very common per se because many collectors who have vintage unworns baby them every now and then .... 

The watch polishes used back then are almost identical to some of the restoration consumables i used to use in the early 90s ( before the rules changed on why was allowed in various spirit based products ).

Also the "grime" can migrate away from the original polish points of contact due to cohesion increasing as the solvent evaporate.


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For me this is :bullshitter:the watch is Described by an Expert as New Old Stock..it is anything but NOS

You only have to look at the Wear on the Back of the watch to see that this has had considerable use.. the clasp on the bracelet is clearly well used and shows signs of heavy wear..

Its a very nice piece very much in demand with current trends and highly sought after by the well heeled collectors who are happy to spend $400K+ on these Daytona's.

The provenance if Genuine is interesting and adds much value to the piece 

The Americans do love a story with anything attached to the Military and feel the story has been greatly exaggerated to promote interest 

That Said its a very nice piece.

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