I finally gave up trying to find a birth year razor in the wild and grabbed the nicest one available on eBay. I paid a bit more than I think was fair but being it was my birth year razor and all I shrugged and clicked the buy button. The transaction was smooth, seller left positive feedback almost immediately and the razor showed up a day earlier, so they shipped it almost immediately too. The razor matched the description and functions as advertised. Now where I need help from the gallery is about what happened when I doused it with alcohol before I went for the first shave (set to 5 and loaded with a new vintage Gillette Thin that came with it). The dial numbers....they went from sharp black to a runny bleeding purpley schmeer. Now, to be completely honest, I didn't buy the razor for the aesthetics but for the W3 it has stamped under the base plate and the fact it functions correctly. Just because it doesn't matter to me though, doesn't mean it won't matter to some other buyer who doesn't realize there is lipstick on the pig he's looking at. The way I see it, my options are: to do nothing and be happy, which I am shoot the seller a message letting him know he needs to use a different paint because the most likely/readily available sanitizer in a bathroom (alcohol) negates any of the prettying up done to the dial numbers contact eBay and see if I can update my feedback to adjust for the new information What do you all think? It could save the next buyer a little bit of angst.