Well it could be the parallax of the xtal but for me there is something strange...
August 7 2012, 6:54 PM
...about that dial, I'm sorry to say.
I have never seen a meters-first 551x dial layout quite like that one before.
If you can take a head on macro shot and size it about 1200x1200 I think all will be clear one way or the other.
I sincerely hope I have to apologize to you for getting it wrong.
But a meters first dial should look like this:
(Photo from the Archive by Balu53)
And from the pix you show, I'm afraid it doesn't.
...even accounting for that, they don't look the same to me:
"S" in SUBMARINER, "R" & "X" in ROLEX, the amount of minute ticks around SWISS T-25, the coronet, some of the spacing...all different and all add up to close but no cigar.
There is one other iteration of meters first dial that I am aware of but from what I can see yours doesn't match this one either:
(Photo from Archive by timlua, rotated by me)
While a bigger pic from you would certainly help I still say you should really look very carefully at these pics of the verified 551xs and then think about getting your money back.
Re: Well it could be the parallax of the xtal but for me there is something strange...
August 8 2012, 6:10 AM
I appreciate your concern, guys. This is exactly why I bought from a brick and mortar venue. Dom Wieland comes with the appropriate provenance:
Dominique is a 5th generation Swiss watchmaker and has been passionate about the fine family tradition from an early age.
In 1976 he enrolled at the Technical School of the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland and graduated in 1979. In 1980 after few months of training at the Omega Headquarters in Bienne he moved to London to develop his professional skills with Omega After Sales Service. In 1981 he worked for a jeweler/retailer of Swiss watches in Vancouver B.C. returning to Switzerland in 1982 to help manage the family jewelry stores, the Lausanne based Guillard S.A. In this capacity he accumulated expertise in sales and servicing of high end swiss timepieces such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Piaget, Cartier, Ebel, Omega, Longines among others.
After emigrating to the United States in 1992, Dominique joined the Rolex Service Center in Dallas, TX. As a technical instructor he trained inside and outside watchmakers on the specifics of Rolex watches. In 2000 he moved to Lititz, PA where he helped launch the first Rolex Watchmaking School, the Lititz Watch Technicum. During his five years with Rolex Dominique had the privilege to have numerous training courses at the Rolex, Geneva HQ and at the WOSTEP School in Neuchatel.
In 2002 he launched his business in West Michigan specializing in the service and repair of Rolex and other fine mechanical Swiss timepieces.
I will visit him this morning and bring your comments forward.
Again, the concern for other members is nice to see.
Sorry for jumping the gun, Mike. In the first photos...
August 8 2012, 5:49 AM
I was taken with the orange lume and I couldn't see the differences Tom points out. He's obviously got a way more expert eye I than I do to be able to spot things at that angle. But your direct face shot doesn't match up with my mf dial either. Sorry man.
I was gonna point out that to me the crown guards look different, they cover much more of the crown (so it seems o me). however, for some reason my photo illustration post did not show up - mods: did i make something wrong?