Wyler Heavy Duty 660
This watch exemplifies what I love about the Wyler brand. At first glance, it
looks terrible, but there's a gorgeous timepiece hidden just below the surface.
I have had so many Wylers come to me in this condition: worn or damaged crystal,
well-worn case, missing crown, etc. However, thanks to Wyler's robust case designs
and patented "IncaFlex" balance wheel, the underlying movements are almost always
in excellent condition. Wyler generally used high quality Swiss movements made
by ETA, a brand that remains the workhorse of the Swiss industry. The dial on this
beauty was nearly perfect, although the luminous paint on the hour markers had picked
up a rusty patina with age. The hour and minute hands had been bent at some point and
the original luminous was gone. I serviced the movement, cleaned and straightened
the hands and, in an effort to try and complement the darkened original luminous on the
hour markers, mixed up a batch of khaki luminous paint to relume the hands. Fortunately,
I also had in stock the correct crystal and signed Wyler crown, as well as the proper
length split stem. The finished product is a great example of a case where
the dramatic makeover did not include dial refinishing.