Holy Grail, Batman!!

I know I've been a bit obsessed with the ref. 6694 Batman watch over the past week...Holy Grail, Batman!!

The reason arrived today in a big brown van.

Holy Grail, Batman!!

Holy Grail, Batman!!

This particular example seems to have been a safe queen.  It is unpolished and evenly oxidized.  The case hallmark is crisp and the lug edges are still sharp!  The movement seems unmolested without a single toolmark that I can find.

Alex's catalog pictures of the 6694 series posted earlier were very helpful as this version has a few unusual features besides the superb 1072/1 movement.
love that rotor, how about a scan of the dial side? (nt)
10/08/2008 - 10:33
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free sprung! WOW that's a rare beast. Please share more scans (nt)
10/08/2008 - 14:34
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10/08/2008 - 18:27
The dial looks perfect but the crazed crystal is obscuring it.  Interesting how the crystal profile is sloped to match the angle of the bezel.  The newer crystal on my white gold 6694 has a higher profile.   The diamonds are fully cut, a mixture of round and bagette.  My wife admired them but was shocked I would go for a watch with such flash! The bracelet is an interesting design and it's texture is carried onto the lugs.  The only flaws are two marks from a clumsy attempt by someone to open the screwback.  The crown appears original with a slight flare in it's profile which matches other models I've seen in the catalogs. I'm thinking this piece would be a superb candidate for a factory refurbishment.
I love the way the bracelet design is applied to the lugs, may
10/08/2008 - 18:40
it time only happy moments
Restoration dilemma
10/09/2008 - 17:55
  Having seen the phenomenal prices that some unrestored vintage watches obtain (like some pretty ratty Rolexes), I'm a bit afraid to have this piece restored.  OTOH, the perfectionist in me would like to see it look as new.  Also, it's gaining about two minutes over 24 hours so could use a service.  What to do?
restoring the movement would be fine but the case looks fine to me (nt
10/09/2008 - 17:58
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Definately leave the case just as it is, it's in great shape
10/09/2008 - 23:19
Just a good service with someone like Alkis in NYC. He is not only a great watchmaker but one of the nicest guys in the business. Have a Royal similar to yours but doesn't have the diamond dial. Like wearing it on special occasions and goes well in jeans or suit.
You're killing me....
10/09/2008 - 23:48
with those pictures of your gorgeous "polished" CR .  Are those luminous inserts in the hands?
Yes, both the hands and the dial have luminous dots
10/10/2008 - 00:23
behind each hour marker. The case has been polished but believe it was very light. The shape of the lugs look good and the hallmark on the case side is 90%. John
Magic of Jewelers Rouge
10/10/2008 - 22:13
polishing cloth and twenty minutes of gentle rubbing.... The crystal even polished up a bit but the crazing really shows now, as it goes right through the acrylic.  I'll have to get that fixed.  On the positive side, after two days of running, the watch is accurate to less than a minute.