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I'm what I'd term an "opportunistic buyer" that does a lot of research up front on certain references / models, but doesn't actually plan to buy one any time soon. Then one pops up and BAM, my wallet is way lighter and I'm kinda sitting there marveling at my own impulsiveness. But hey, when you see one worth springing for, you have to go for it. Took delivery yesterday of an absolutely pristine 105.012-66CB with original purchase papers. The watch was purchased by a lieutenant in the medical corps of the US Navy and was owned by nobody else over the course of it's life. As it was explained to me, it actually just sat in a drawer for the last 40 years or so! Normally I'm not a huge fan of engravings, as they tend to detract from the purity of the watch, but I plan to leave this one alone due to its tasteful execution and its tie to the military. Enjoy a few pics, and happy hunting all!

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What a beauty! Love the patina. Knowing its history and that its had only 1 owner is just icing on the cake.
 

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That is beautiful!! Congratulations on the find.

Rene
 

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Thanks guys, it's a stunner for sure. The biggest decision is whether to wear it constantly or make it the least worn in my rotation in order to preserve it's immaculate shape!

The watch was found at an estate sale and the suede strap actually came on a Submariner that I purchased last year, so no clue where it's from. Sorry about that.
 

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Beautiful. If you find a 105.012-62 from my birth year send me a PM !! :)

I might be be able to borrow the $$$$ to get it.
 

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Beautiful
 

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Fantastic find. Enjoy!
 

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Thanks, guys. I was washing dishes last night with it on (carefully!) and my hands were under some cabinets that have lights underneath. I went into the bedroom afterwards and as I went to turn on the lights, I realized that the lume was glowing on the watch! Insane. I've owned three other watches from the mid-60's and none of them still had the ability to glow.
 

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Thanks, guys. I was washing dishes last night with it on (carefully!) and my hands were under some cabinets that have lights underneath. I went into the bedroom afterwards and as I went to turn on the lights, I realized that the lume was glowing on the watch! Insane. I've owned three other watches from the mid-60's and none of them still had the ability to glow.
My 1976 will glow for about an hour after being hit with bright light, as the phospho-luminescent material still reacts to light while the Tritium is worn down.
 

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Yeah, you did good!
 

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So beautiful!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I. Munda
 

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Bet that watch could tell some stories!
Very nice indeed, congratulations. :-!
 

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Nicely done, congrats!
 
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