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Here's a Waltham Seaside in for service.

Sometimes with watches like this, I am asked about the green (or yellow) dial. The dial is white enamel. The crystal is an early type of plastic, cellulose or acrylic. This material discolors with age.

This crystal should be replaced as they give off corrosive gases. The hands on this watch are already slightly impacted and damaged by this.
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