Wow, thanks for the info! I knew it was "different" and skimmed the material before buying it and assumed it was "enhanced".Your "enhanced" dial is actually a day/night dial. The enhanced dials have gold or silver markers. Check out the sticky for more info. A day/night bezel would complete that project nicely, but the standard bezel still looks good. A nice find.
The Day/Night Bezels can be purchased but are very rare and any used ones are generally quite worn. I have seen 3 NOS bezels on ebay the past 3 years and they can get expensive. I wouldn't concern myself with really trying to find one but if you do stumble across one, then make a decision. The watch looks just fine the way it is.Wow, thanks for the info! I knew it was "different" and skimmed the material before buying it and assumed it was "enhanced".
Now where in the world do I find a day/night bezel lol.......Sort of prefer the stainless look though. I may have found my everyday "beater" Astro since it's not original.
That’s a nice selection. March is a harder pill to swallow, though. DHL ftw!Well, it's been a minute since I updated this. I wanted to share the 3 Astros that just arrived from a trip to Rob's spa. In order, an early M2 (the earliest SN I've seen to date), M3 with a stamped M2 movement, and a M7 Swiss Astro.
It's been freely discussed on other threads that there is a noticeable delay in USPS services overseas. One of these had been lounging in Customs since March! Rob was able to retrieve it thankfully, and shipped all three last week DHL.
To my surprise, they arrived yesterday (on Labor Day, no less)! So, I'm thinking DHL from now on or until things settle down!
Many thanks to Rob who went above and beyond on this shipment!
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Jake,It's awesome to see the astros back! If anybody else wants to pair up on DHL from Rob let me know. I got a label maker and can ship your stuff your way once it arrives in the USA.
The 2nd astro with m2 plate and m3 movement is a special one. Having worked with rollerberg on it, it is a "G" prefix and is kind of like finding the missing link to show M2 plates in an M3 cased watch. The first "pre-astro" M2 watch starts with "E14..." which is the earliest I have seen. The pre-astro dial watches all fall in a particular range of serials from E14xxx to E15xxx from the ones I have observed. Recently another gent showed me an M2 watch with an "F" serial and standard astro dial. So here is the run down so far:
E14xxx to E15xxx - pre-astro dial with 62 (m2) caseback
"F" prefix to early "G" prefix - standard astro dial with 62 (m2) caseback - then it transitions to M3 for "G" prefix