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Old 07-10-2019, 04:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We can't link to live auction sites but I thought it worth mentioning that there is a Bell-matic dolphin up for sale now. Its the first of the Bell-matics from 1966 and has a dolphin logo etched into the case back to show its water proof. They are quite rare and if you are a collector it is a rare chance to buy one. I suspect you will need to be rich though. From memory the only other one I ever saw went for well over usd1000.

I have no relation or link to this watch, just thought others might like to see it. Way too pricy for me.
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Auction is over. it got USD760. I'm not sure what to make of the price because there are quite a few bellmatics that have sold in the last 6 months for more but they have been done up by people who go to great lengths to say how good they are at doing up watches. Funnily enough, some even point out they have created frankens, but because they are all shiny and recently serviced, they can get a lot of money. Collectors wouldn't be interested in those so I guess there are two types of people who buy Bellmatics. Collectors, and people who just want a nice watch that looks good and makes a noise like a bell. I started off in the later category and swore I'd never pay more money just for what it says on the dial, but you get sucked in and start to be a collector.



I attached the pictures from the auction.



here is an almost pristine example from an earlier post for comparison

https://www.thewatchsite.com/44-bell...-4005-a-2.html'


What make this one of the rarest bellmatics is the dolphin emblem on the back, the cut away on the case behind the alarm button, the flat bottom to the case and the fact it was made in Nov 1966.


The case back is a bit worn, but that could be from heavy use. The brushing on the top of the case also suggests it has been used a lot and the edge of the case looks like it has been polished/worn by a sleeve on its most exposed bits. It looks like a replacement crown which sits out too far (compare to the pristine one in the link above to see what I mean). I can't decide if the bezel has been over polished, or if that's just from being worn. I'm surprised to see the lower edge of the bezel looking so worn if it hasn't been due to polishing.


The movement inside looks a bit rough, the automatic weight bearings have been worn and taken the plating off the frame. The case itself shows a bit of corrosion on the gasket face, but it should still be airtight.


All in all, its condition is probably why it didn't go for much more. I'd still like it but its way over what I can afford for a watch. Pretty cool though, I bet the new owner is very happy.
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I was watching it too. But expected it to be way off my budget but its definitely nice to have one of those. If the new owner is reading this please share ur comments.
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