....with it's original insert having weathered the years gracefully. The proliferation of these parts on the market is quite alarming. What does it say about watches that suddenly appear on the sales board with these inserts? What else has been altered to hype up the value? We are seeing faded 16610/16600 inserts with 40 years of 'fade' built into them...Hmmmm.
As far as the sellers of these inserts are concerned, all I can say is they're a greedy bunch and unfortunately, the way the VRM is set up, not much can be done other than to force the sellers to disclose HOW these inserts turned up faded. Good luck in them being honest about it.