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New Arrival

This Waltham is one of the last in the queue for 2017.

It's missing a crystal (aren't they all?) but likely I found one (one and only one) in my remaining inventory. Hunter crystals are vanishing from the world. I wish I could impress on people just how fragile they are. They are literally like eggshells.

Hunter cases, with a front cover, are not more durable than open face cases, quite the opposite in fact.
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