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About panerai153

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  • Birthday 12/16/1943

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  1. Thanks freddy, those were the good old days I suppose. Everybody carried rifles or shotguns in their vehicles, not for protection, for hunting. After school, walk a slough and jump shoot a few ducks, maybe pot a couple of squirrels or rabbits! We were outside every waking moment, and we didn't need 3D video games to keep us busy, our dads saw to that!! And you best not think about getting in trouble in school, first the principal was and expert at corporal punishment, and then when you got home, you faced the wrath of mom and pop!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Those were the days!!! 35 cent gas, muscle cars and rock and roll! What more could you ask for? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. I've had the same problem lately. Just started a few days ago. One or two would load and then I would start getting that same error 200 "download failed". Sometimes you can post your thread then use "edit" to add more photos, sometimes that works. The most foolproof, but a real PITA is adding them like Stu said, use Tapatalk, hit the picture icon and add them like that. Problem for me is the damn photos on my IPhone are so small, I have a hard time selecting the correct ones. Possibly create a new folder in your "photos" on your phone, put only the ones you want to use in your thread in that folder add them to your thread and then delete the folder on your phone. The real solution is to find out why this is happening and fix it!! I'm not a big fan of patching and workarounds, except as a temporary fix while the problem is being solved permanently. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Good to see you here. If you are looking for a good datejust then mymanmatt is the "go to guy" for them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Congratulations on a job well done. Certainly is a skill that not many of us have. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Looking really hard for a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms V1. Already have the Rose Gold and Blue Dial, need the Black dial!! Other than that I'm trying to cut down on numbers, just so darn hard to decide what to sell!! Oh, just forgot I have a LW "the One" white dial incoming!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Absolutely, that was the best "out the box" 16613 around,and probably still is. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Agree, Certainly would be interesting to "go to the source"!! See what he has and what he says.
  9. Just to make it more complicated, there is a Gold wrapped 11613 for sale over on RepGeek. Guy wants 730.00 USD. About 200.00 less than new. May be worth a look. AFA the wear factor, it's impossible to predict how long either will last. Everyday to one person is not everyday to someone else. Are you working in a hot environment that generates sweat, or are you in and a/c office with a long sleeve shirt on? What I will say is this, the gold wrapped is going to last longer than the plated if both were worn under the same conditions. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. I agree 100 % with automatic. First off for everyday use even a genuine gold is not a great idea. 18K gold is soft. It will wear. Of course it's gold all the way through so it won't show, but over time things will get thin, the bracelet will get stretchy (Faster than a S/S bracelet) and replacing gold parts are really expensive. So from that I would go with the S/S ,gold TT version. Personally, I would buy the cheaper version and see if it's "singing to you". Hate to see you spend a ton of money and then decide it's not for you. If you really like the watch then you might start thinking about upgrading. The cheapest and easiest to do today is the 16613. Lots of gen dials, bezel inserts and crowns around, aftermarket 14K bezels and with a good case and bracelet you are in business. On the other hand, the newer 11613 is a lot newer watch, thus the parts are not as available and are more expensive. I have no idea what a gen insert and dial would cost you. Also a TT bracelet is not even available as and aftermarket at a reasonable price. So, if you were to build a really high end 11613, it would probably cost you twice what a comparable 16613 would cost. Mymanmatt built me a pretty nice 16613 a couple of years ago. We started out with what I thought was a fairly good 16613 rep. NOT!! by the time we finished, the only thing left was the bracelet and movement. Mine has a gen dial, gen crystal, crown and bezel insert. aftermarket 14K bezel and an aftermarket case correctly engraved by jmb. Matt plated the midlinks so no S/S is showing. I would expect that including the cost of the 1st watch, I have under 2K in the watch. Here is mine
  11. It truly is a minefield, but to me the best way to find flaws is to get a good photo of a genuine watch (the model you want) and then compare the gen to the rep. After all, we are all trying to achieve reps that are more Gen-like, so the best way is to start looking at a gen and compare. All reps are going to have problems, it's just that every model or version is going to have a little different problem. Lots of these can be solved with gen parts and careful case modding, but then you start to get into a good bit of money. So my advice would be to look at the various ones that the dealers are selling, compare them to a gen, and then pick the one that has the least numbers of flaws that you can live with. AFA the one you have, I would keep the box and throw the watch away!!! Just kidding, but it serves as a good example of problems with a cheap rep. Here is a gen P serial 16610
  12. There is a similar thread posted in the Rolex Forum back in mid December. Someone came up with a name of a guy in Toronto. One of the members who lives there was going to check it out, but never posted a response. Where are you in Canada? I moved watches back and forth many times when Ziggy was operating from Nova Scotia. It was not difficult, but there is a certain protocol that must be followed to keep[ from having to pay duty on your watch when it's returned to you in Canada. Here is the contact info for the guy in Toronto. http://www.wjwatch.com/ Address: #501, 21 DUNDAS SQUARE, TORONTO, ON, CANADA Phone: +1 416-368-4044 Phone: +1 416-901-2580 Email: info@wjwatch.com Business Hours Monday ~ Friday: 9 am ~ 6 pm Let me say this up front, he is not known to us and thus we can not recommend him or intervene should you and him have problems going forward. Before you send your watch to ANYONE, do your due diligence, ask around, here and on other forums. Make sure you are comfortable with the repair person before you send anything to him. Keep a copy of all your correspondence should you have any dispute or problems later. If you want your watch returned in a certain container, with insurance, etc. make sure you discuss all this up front.
  13. Good man, and he will get you going.
  14. Good luck trying to get info from Rolex. They guard their information zealously. Probably more likely to have CocaCola an Kentucky Fried Chicken divulge their secret recipes!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Very nice!! Also never heard of this brand. Interesting how they switched the seconds hand, I can't remember ever seeing a small seconds watch with the seconds counter @ 3 Have to say sir, this is a great first post. Informative and interesting. Thanks for adding to our knowledge base.