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My new PVD Monaco - the story... *LINK*

Apologies for the long post...

I know some of you either know already or may have guessed that I was the lucky, winning bidder of the PVD Monaco on eBay a few weeks back.
As soon as I saw the auction I was determined I had to have it.
As Rich will testify this was exactly what I was looking for.
NOS is pointless to me.
I've 2 x 3 year old boys at home obsessed with 'Daddy's watches'.
I'm also a car nut and spend a lot of time under the bonnet (or hood!?).
So, it doesn't take long for my watches to bear the scars of my homelife.

Like many of of you, I also got limited replies to questions from the vendor so it could've proved to be an expensive gamble.
I decided that if I was going to stand a chance I needed all the help I could get so it was also my 1st experience of sniping.
Well actually my second as I had a trial run a few days before to check it worked and we won a pack of dustbin liners- result :-)

I was at work when the auction ended and had my finger poised to intervene in the dying seconds expecting the snipe to fail.
Anyway just as it was ending my boss approached with a bunch of questions that needed answering so I missed the end- nightmare!!!
What a result when i checked what had happened - I couldn't believe my eyes :-)
I was the new owner of a PVD Monaco!!!
It was close though and my maximum (a combination of my lucky numbers) wasn't that far away.

Turns out the vendor was a great guy and extremely honest offering to refund part of the postage as it was actually slightly cheaper in the end.

Anyway, here's how the watch arrived.
The glass was polished so hard that all edges were rounded and it was worn so thin I nearly put my thumb through it, seriously :-)

You can see the extent of the dirt and grime which was actually mainly superficial and thankfully not so difficult to remove.

Back together with a new glass it looked pretty good but although working, the dial wasn't attached to the movement so only worked upside down :-)
It also required a good service.
All of this was beyond my scope so Nic Green (aka HeuerBoy) offered his services.
He also suggested repainting the chrono hands as they were in a pretty sorry state.

So, here we are 3 weeks later and what a beauty :-)

Fantastic job!!! I'm so pleased with the results. No major restoration, just sensitively brought back to life.
Thanks Nic for your help.

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