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  4. Wearing something unusual today
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  5. yes guys the watch is gen, no doubt about it. The purpose of this thread, is both for education and entertainment. I encouraged @paristototo post this thread, to share the knowledge that the reps these days are getting very very good, and calling a gen a franken or genstein may not be disputable immediately. It would in fact be bad for our hobby if this watch is resolutely identified as a gen, by 100% of the members who reply. And that once the human mind is conditioned to do so, flaws can be spotted where there are none. Yes of course this is a joke, and one of the things I believe a forum should be about. Congrats bro for this wonderful piece. And for this prank. Speaking of which, you are hereby sentenced to eternity in this madhouse, where the lines between gens and reps are increasingly blurred, and reality and delusion switch places at the blink of an eye.
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  6. I think it could be gen after really inspecting the pics close up! Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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  7. The case is a bit thicker than gen. So you need to make sure the movement is safely in place and add a gasket on the case back.
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  8. Changed watches for the day ;-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  16. Done! Custom PVD and caseback by Grimlocktime! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  17. One of those nites, the torch still glowin... Great luminescence,bro! "There are more than 1 road to Rome...."
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  18. Orient Star - Standard Date (SDV02003W0) and I promptly removed the factory (ugly) bracelet and put it on a Jubilee.
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  19. JF is factory/maker their latest verison which doesn't have the chrono as the are using the 21J movement is gen spec with the watch thickness. BP is almost a maker (which should be youe watch) their bracelet had a SEL (solid end link) the link which touches the case is better as yours has a bug gap on the side.
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  20. "There are more than 1 road to Rome...."
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  22. Ok, busted. The entire watch is gen. From bezel, to hands, to box, to warranty card...gen price too. No miracles here. Sorry for the prank but I felt the urge to post this
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  23. Yes it is, just send an email to him and then wait patiently for a reply bud He can take a while on occasion to get back to you but he will in the end, worth the wait imo, we see it all the time on here and having done it myself too I know, if you start with a cheapie then buy a slightly better piece you will mostly end up buying a TC in the end, then you've spent lots more $$ than you wanted to in the first place
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  24. I'm with @sgtguk on this one. I love a good franken build, but this is not going to be a rare watch. At the moment collectors and show offs are falling over themselves, paying way over list price. However Rolex are not some microbrand, they produce around a million watches a year. Soon enough they will start with other Daytona versions, gold for example, or maybe they will do something truly revolutionary like a 42mm Datejust (sarcastic). Anyway in a year or less the fuss will be on something else, these will be available at list and used examples will be available. 3000 is a long way towards the 9800 list price and it will still be a rep with a frozen sub dial. Just my opinion, but enjoy the rep for what it is, it's a very nice rep.
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  25. I tread softly along the fine line separating raving insanity and lucid moments of ingenuity. The issue is I've no idea which is which mostly.
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  27. Im in Toronto but I have never heard of this guy. I may give him a shot to see.
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  28. The whole point of a 1680 is that GIANT date magnification. Just make sure you are getting high enough quality to produce that effect. I would go gen or follow Nanuq's advice.
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  29. SSTEEL gets the job done. And with the minimum of fuss. I've always found him both helpful and professional.
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  30. Thanks, I explained that mate look up
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  31. Thanks for the show, really great. I got new ideas
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  33. Two years ago, TC Sub V6 was born. That specific date is Aug 25, 2014. With the birth of the V6 it caused quite a sensation on the forums. Many members claimed the V6 was almost perfect, gen like, some even said to me the work is done. I cannot deny the fact with the help of my Scottish friend supplying the Kensington High dials, it really took TC Sub a major leap forward. Still from time to time, I receive emails from members asking me what are the differences between TC and those $200-$300 rep Submariners they got. I loathe questions like that. But to answer the question from deep inside me "Is TC Sub perfected yet?" The honest answer is with the V6 the work is 90% done, but we have not climbed the last hard vertical peak. To a novice collector whose goal is to get a Submariner to enjoy the envious glare, he can and will satisfy his need with a TC Sub V6 or the V6 based LV. But for the true seekers, there are just things that still can be improved, regardless doubling or even tripling the amount of time and resources which may need to be invested. The thought about improving and perfecting that last 10% has always been inside my gut. Almost an year ago, I decided to implement the improved parts bit by bit to the TC builds without saying anything. For those members who have been receiving the TC builds in the past eight or so months, you have actually been getting the V7 specs on both the 16610 and the 16610LV, less probably TC 16610 & 16610LV Hands Set V3 and the 2016 KH 16610 and 16610LV dials. All these improvements are subtle and minute. They can be hard to be appreciated or even completely unnoticeable with bare eyes by the common collectors while being night and day to those who are in the knows. Aside from chasing the genuine appearance, I am after the ultimate genuine touch, hand feel, and genuine operational feedback. For these upgrades, we have entered the realm where the law of cost and performance ratio does not quite fit the bill. So if you are one of the members thinking something like "I don't see how these improvements justify the cost" or "It is outrageous how expensive a TC Sub is, I can get the same thing for $300 next door over", please skip this page and head to the next thread. Only true craftsmanship can produce something that is beautiful under every hitting light. (Shot on 8/20/2016) To conquer the last mile, I had to deal with the Factory Direct Bezel Assembly problem first. If you would take a look back at "TC Sub 16610 V6", the Factory Direct Bezel Ring has mimicked the aesthetics of the genuine appearance to a certain degree (but not all there yet) plus the benefit of housing genuine 16610 insert with light sanding or no modding at all. Despite the relative low cost to a moderate satisfactory aesthetic/performance level, the FD bezel ring scored very low on the genuine operational feedback aspect, the gen hand feel, and the gen turning sound. So it bugged me to a point I had to tear off the gen bezel ring of my M-serial Submariner LV and look at the miniature structure inside the bezel ring. This is what gen bezel ring inner gears looks versus the Factory Direct bezel ring inner gears: The Factory Direct bezel ring inner gears were all deformed, or should I put it this way, they were not made right in the first place, to a point there is no possible way the bezel ring could produce the genuine turning feedback. The technology Rolex applied to make the bezel ring inner gears is called "broaching". This manufacturing technique can only be mastered if one has a lot of gun barrels to make. That is to say, if you do not have many civilian gun makers in your country, you are not going to find someone who has got the right equipment and skill set to make a part that is this delicate, accurate and durable to withstand tens of thousands turns. Luckily I am citizen of a country full of talented and skilled gun makers. Gentlemen, Pennsylvania Bezel Ring V1: TC PA bezel assembly V1. Last October, I introduced TC Sub LN & LV Insert V2. This is V1. Its the insert I put on TC Sub builds from TC Sub V6's 2014 debut to the end of 2015. This is TC V2 Insert. There is a tiny chamfer surrounds the pearl holder on the top. Although hard for our brains to differentiate and put it in words, our eyes can perceive that tiny difference at 10 ~ 15 inches the usual distance we check time and behold the watch. We see beauty and our souls tickle. This is where science meets art and one of the factors Rolex dominates the luxury sector of the watch market. This is one of the features us true seekers grid over in the last 10% climb to the perfect classic Submariner. Same story goes here with the hands. This is TC hands set V2. Some sharp eyed TC collectors claimed this is actually an easy tell tale sign. TC Hands Set V3. On EPHJ last year, I met a young talented watchmaker from Southern California. It was easy to pick up American accent in a crowded multi-language environment. The young man and his friend have a talent in perfecting a watch case by buffing and polishing. But they are still struggling in their early business establishment stage. Through buffing and polishing, the young man and his friend could make a slightly imperfect watch case transform into a perfect watch case with symmetrical and balanced outer diameter. I'm glad I used the two young gentlemen's service in finishing 2016 TC Sub Case. The 2016 TC Sub Case has all the correct measurement between the lugs, top to bottom outer diameter and is still made and machined in China. I must give credit to my Chinese friend for that. Only the final brushing, buffing, and polishing was done here in the States. But it is that final process gives 2016 TC Sub Case something different, something nostalgic and yet upscale. Here is the gen M Sub case versus 2016 TC Sub case: The Gen Sub case lug has a define, but narrow chamfer where the brushed surface meets the mirror polished flank. 2016 TC Sub Case lug has a even more define and broader chamfer. I was not too excited about the new finish done by my young friends in the beginning because the chamfered edges only happened after the case is serviced at Rolex service centers. The reason why many members think the chamfer lug is a gen look is because most of the 16610 and 16610LV Submariner nowadays have already been serviced a few times at least. It is supposed to be a watch that is at least 10 years old. After putting that into consideration, I am proud to present to you 2016 TC Sub Case. With a new case distance between the lugs now set at 20.05mm gen size, we need a new bracelet with the correct measurement end link to match its opponent piece. Here it is, TC 93250 V6. This new clasp really brings a smile to my face. Noticed the difference from the V5 clasp? 20.05mm (+/-0.02mm) gen spec lug distance. TC Sub V7 TC Sub LV (with V7 spec) Coming up next: PA Bezel Assembly V2 and TC Sub V7 Extreme Before PA Bezel Assembly, TC Sub owners often report the Chinese Factory Direct bezel turns too loose. In some extreme cases, one can turn the bezel with little or no force by just a thumb. That directly contradicts ISO 6425 standard for Diver's Watch. ISO 6425 directs a diver's watch bezel has to have a built in braking mechanism to prevent sudden bumps or unintentional turning of the bezel during underwater operations for the divers. With PA Bezel Assembly, my gun maker friend matches the bezel ring and the retaining ring with what he called military spec tight tolerance. It is kind of like a brand new gun will have to go through a few rounds of ammo to reach its designed accuracy, braking it in sort of speak. In the gun communities, no one would complain about the brake in process. It is part of the ritual. Although there is no complaints of bezel being too loose ever again in the past several months that I implemented PA Bezel Assembly on to TC Sub builds, I did receive complaints from members about bezel being too tight and stiff to turn. I was being a red neck and ask the members to use their three fingers to press down evenly to release the brake then turn the bezel and to give it a good brake in. Hence most members who complained reported back that after hundreds of turns, the operational feedback, the hand feel becomes gen like. A question rose in my head, "Would Rolex ask its customer to give the bezel a good brake in?". No, Rolex would not. The company sells luxury items with a starting price tag of $8,000 today, it would never be a red neck and ask its customer something like that. Though my relationship with TC Sub owners is not entirely a vendor-customer relationship but more likely enthusiasts sharing the same goal. But still, true seekers seek that ultimate genuine touch, hand feel, and that genuine out of box experience. So my challenge becomes how to overcome that PA bezel assembly's needed brake in? The answer lies in fine tuning the blue print and compare to the original Rolex design. I took the question back to the manufacturer and we went back to the drawing board and re-examine the designs and compare back to the gen bezel assemblies. People would ponder if I did that the first time then why wasn't the V1 the final reproduction of the gen bezel assembly? Now you have to understand one thing just because you have a gen as datum doesn't mean you can easily replicate it 100% with a CNC machine. If they were truly the case, then all the Chinese factories would be making Rolex level hardware but they are not. The process to figure out the exact way to reproduce what Rolex did takes so many trial & error and that still doesn't mean you can get it right. But my demand for the gen hand feel, feedback, sound and operation feedback is adamant. So my PA bezel assembly supplier truly felt my passion. I know there are members who will run their mouth with comments like "if the extreme version's only difference is the bezel assembly that doesn't justify the cost" Let me show you a couple pictures of PA Bezel Assembly V1 versus PA Bezel Assembly V2: There will be members who will like the more classic scallop look of the V1 but I know there will be so many members who will love the deeper more modern scallop look. (starting with V-serials, Rolex begin to make the scallops deeper and deeper). So the idea of forming PA Bezel Assembly V2's look, scallops depth that is, had transformed to another level. By "Extreme", my friend and I mean something like this. From left to right: V2, V1, and Gen. Here is the final result of what the ultra refined inner gears produce that I would like to present especially to the members who owns or had owned a 5 digit gen Sub. I am very happy with the fact that with PA Bezel Assembly V2 on TC Sub V7 Extreme, The way it turns, the hand feel, the operational feedback, and the clicking sound. It is just so gen like. Best of all I will not have to be the hill Billy to ask members to "give the bezel a good brake in". Sound of bezel turning: V7 vs V7 Extreme Thanks for reading. TC 8/29/2016
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  34. Cartel with non oyster pushers? Nice! I didn't know there was one as as far I could see the only available case made by the cartel is a 6263. Could we see more please? Especially the pushers side!
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  37. Good day to everybody, this is my first post on any kind of forum, I've got the age now where I've not the energy to play sports any more, chase women or anything else that gets me out of the house, the time has come to start a hobby to keep me out of trouble, I love watches but like a large % of people don't have the cash available to purchase genuine timepieces, I am considering collecting reps to start with and see where it takes me, I'm not going to ask where to buy from I can see it's frowned upon and to be honest I think ifinding TD's myself will help me using the forum going forward, so here goes, wish me luck !
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  39. I've had a close look and while the watch is an ok rep the bracelet is a mile out. Long, long way from super rep.
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  40. "While the C+I bracelets are probably not as desirable as the Swiss made bracelets, like everything else Vintage Rolex, they are not cheap. I have seen recently 20mm C+I bracelets in good condition selling for over 2000.00 USD. the 19mm bracelets are not as expensive, but ones in really nice shape are selling for 700-800 USD !!" Good find! Times sure have changed. I remember in 1972 when 19 and 20mm C&I bracelets were $59 new at a rolex AD about 20 miles away and when I bought a new watch from them they gave me one free. Another AD in our home town had similar bracelets with a coronet of a sort on the clasp but not signed rolex and they were $29. I still have one somewhere (stretchy type), that I wore it on a 1603 DJ. Iirc the stretchy models were a few bucks more. They were hair pullers though, after wearing one for a week your arm would be slick as a high school Cheerleader's leg. (Is it against the law now to say that?) Here is one like it: http://picclick.com/Vintage-Very-Rare-Rolex-Oyster-Style-Cromwell-Rivet-222300324810.html
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  42. Looks fantastic bro! Have the same without the eta dwo. Enjoy it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  43. "There are more than 1 road to Rome...."
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  45. As you all know I don't do datejust II. However, I bought a cheap one from the sales section several months ago. I decided to make some changes, mainly a gen dial. I wanted to see what works and what doesn't. I bought a gen champagne dial and much to my surprise the feet fit the holes in the movement and lined up perfectly with date wheel. I have no idea which movement this is, it resembles the old dg movement. It is a slow beat. I used some hands I had in my box and they don't look to bad. I had to broach the hour hand and cut the end off a bit. The minute hand is pretty good, but the lume is slightly longer than the gen. Over all, I think it looks pretty good. I polished the bezel, even though I try to avoid that, and it looks really good. 1 question. Does anyone know what movement this is?
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  46. Some absolute garbage advice on here. 1. Forget these nonsense links and stick to the trusted dealers listed here and over the road at the other sites unless you want to pay a fortune for a canal street standard rep 2. For ceramic sub the best version was the noob v6s. Sadly it's nigh on impossible to get one so you are stuck with the noob v7. It's still a good rep and light years away from the crap you get on dhgate. It's also better than the JF. 3. For 5 digit sub it's TC every time. I can't remember if TC is a trusted dealer here but he is on repgeek. 4. Use the search facility on this site. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  50. As some of you may know, RWI (the Dark Side) has just taken action against the two largest dealers on any of the forums, Josh and Andrew. Although this issue has gotten little to no attention over here, I believe this is something that has an impact on every forum member. The nutshell version is that Andrew was caught, red-handed, trying to intimidate another dealer into raising prices of certain reps. When the dealer refused, Andrew responded by saying that he would make sure the factory did not supply any more reps to this dealer. Andrew and Josh were given an opportunity to respond, and refused to do so. As a result, we were forced to remove their sections. What follows is the message that was posted on RWI concerning our reasons: Due to evidence brought forth to the staff of RWI, both Josh and Andrew's sections on RWI have been closed. The discussions and polling on these matters may be seen in the following threads. http://replica-watch.info/phpBB3/viewtopic...f=1&t=41999 http://replica-watch.info/phpBB3/viewtopic...p;sk=t&sd=a http://replica-watch.info/phpBB3/viewtopic...f=1&t=42036 http://replica-watch.info/phpBB3/viewtopic...ilit=white+lies Andrew has not seen fit to respond or provide any answers on the subject other than to deflect the issue and claim that dealers are conspiring against him. Josh and Andrew have always been viewed as one and the same due to their close connection and business partnership. Thus, we have made the decision to sanction both of them at this time. We have not made this decision easily as these two dealers have been mainstays of RWI. This decision was made due to a concentrated effort by these two dealers to obstruct other valued dealers and, ultimately, you the member from obtaining replicas at a fair price. They have sought to control the market and intimidate other dealers into raising prices. Others (whether they be members here or on the other forums) will laugh and think that we are silly... They will say that we are shouting at the rain and that we can't change anything... Maybe they are right but our purpose in this world is to bring you, the member, the safest and best replica hobby experience we can... You may not agree with our decision, but please respect that we have made this decision with your best interests at heart. We hope that the closing of their sections is not permanent and that they will respond to us and the topics at hand can be mediated. Until then, their sections will remain closed with this message there.
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