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  2. I also meant to add, not that most familiar won't know but these current ARF's are 2824 movement version. I've also read some info regarding using the ARF seals as gens don't fit properly.
  3. Timelord

    Bargains in NOS watches...

    I have nothing to offer here in terms of what NOS watches are a good buy as the market on these has almost dried up as more and more horology enthusiasts are waking up on this concept. In the day before the internet and even when the fad was quartz watches and anything electronic that was new and faddish, I had visited old shops that had been around for decades to ask if they had any unsold stock which they wanted to get rid of. Many wanted to coerce me into buying their new items as they would not want to offer me a guarantee on their old stock as by law they had to obey the consumer trade practices act. I managed to buy some old Longines and Omegas which were from the early 1970's era for almost a quarter price of their original price tags but were al bulky and unattractive. My favorite was when I was on an overseas trip and stopped in an old shop in a town outside Rome in Italy back in 1992 and asked if he had any old stock from previous unsold items. He thought I was the American in Paris with an open bank account and pulled out some 20 solid gold watches which were all New old stock with their original tags. These were no ordinary gold watches but Omega Constellations from 1950's, Jaeger LeCoultre and Zeniths. My jaw dropped when he said " you can have them all for just their weight in gold only and the watches come for free as these are all past glories. I was a young graduate from Engineering school and had very little money after this holiday and only had enough change to buy a manual Zenith El sporto
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  5. Ramone50000

    Rolex Wristies thread

    1675 on nato strap
  6. altesporsche

    Franken 1655 build

    Lol I hear you ! Parts were a lot cheaper 5+ years ago, if I was where I am now but back then lol I’d have a lot of crazy builds 😂 the biggest cost these days now is the 1570 movement or even converting to gmt. The 1570 gmt (this is what I’m using) is $3-3500 these days and a set of genuine hands are $2k (I paid a lot less for my hands) its still a shit ton of fun to build, chasing parts etc.
  7. automatico

    Franken 1655 build

    Looks Good. A lot of first class parts. I started one of these projects a few years ago, 5 or 7? I've mentioned it a few times. I stopped buying parts at around $3000 and it would have been a LOT more but I got a good deal in a movement and Phong case from a member. Looking back, I guess I did pretty good on the prices. My two dials are not too hot but one or the other will have to do. The hands look Ok but they are aftmkt of some sort (forgot the source). Where I hit The Snag was finding GMT parts, a few were missing. Far as I know I have them all now and hope to finish it this winter. What makes me feel bad (and dumb) is back when these watches and parts were affordable...I was buying tutone QS DJs. You do not see many wearing a TTDJ now. A TT quartz Seiko/Citizen maybe.
  8. Stephane

    Bergies, where did they go?

    Welcome back Ken. Very sorry to hear about your Dad and the misfortune that followed.
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  10. Nanuq

    Bergies, where did they go?

    Welcome back Ken, we missed you. I'm sorry about your father and the aftermath. We went through almost the same thing here and it leaves a foul taste in your mouth. It's good to see you're better than that.
  11. themannier

    How to LOWER your SELs!!!!

    Well done !
  12. bhduck

    Bergies, where did they go?

    Sorry to hear about your father Ken and all the horrible aftermath. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Mike on a bike

    Bergies, where did they go?

    Ken well that sucks , talk to you privately.
  14. Hi folks, As many will know my father passed away 5 months ago but although I grieved like one would expect it was not the reason for why I went missing. There is in fact a couple of reasons and the first was based on a fight for my fathers estate, unfortunately my dad fell prey to an evil and conniving woman who positioned herself firstly as a family friend and then his sole carer and finally, without an family knowledge, married him when he had less than a year left to live and of course she made sure to walk of with all of my fathers assets, approx 1/2 a million dollars. The fight to try and get some of this money back has been long and basically pointless as my father was her 5th marriage so she already knew all the tricks and she also had a dodgy lawyer helping her. We have in Australia a law called Elder Abuse which on paper is supposed to stop this exact thing but in practice relies on the relatives being able to prove that my father was manipulated, an impossible task! It was also not a case of contesting the will because she made sure my father gifted everything to her except 6k in shares that I get to split with my brother. Sorry for that rant but I had to get it out of my system... The other reason I went missing is that I seriously had come to a point where I wanted to wind down Bergies as recent years the job had just become too hard, far too many minor complaints and buyers remorse with the constant threat of PP disputes meant that what I built up for a dozen years as a labour of love was being pulled down by unrealistic buyers who demanded more from soft goods than they do of our watches. It is very hard to wind down a business like this without screwing someone over because there is usually always outstanding orders but more importantly issues that need to be fixed. As luck would have it I hit a happy medium where I actually had no outstanding work and decided to walk away. So what's changed? 1. I miss this place but I know I could never just slot back in as a regular member, if I want to participate I need to open shop again. 2. My Chinese sales rep (Cathy) who has been by my side for over 12 years is struggling and I owe it to her to try and bring in some revenue. 3. I originally started the business 12 years ago because I saw our members getting screwed over by the very high mark up guys in the net and now they are happening on our forums, so I want to put the exact same products out there for a reasonable price and give our members a fair go again. So starting now and continuing until at least after Christmas all Bergies goods, at the same old prices, will be offered with a 10% discount on orders over $300. Please a couple of conditions.... 1. Know what you are buying, look it up on the gen sites and make sure it is what you want because the moment you decide to make up a story to get it swapped I am losing money. 2. Unless you are willing to pay for 1:1, true 1:1 not other sellers claims that everything they have is 1:1, then remember there is bound to be some kind of flaws if you look hard enough, just the same as our watches. I have very many PM's to look through but I will start at the top and work down through the last couple of weeks, in anyone still wants to connect that is older than that please send me a new message. Thank you for taking the time to read all this. Ken
  15. sparkybologny

    Show the PAM combo you choose today

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. altesporsche

    Franken 1655 build

    Hey fellas, been a while since, I posted any build stuff. Been letting the bank cool off and collecting more parts for more builds. This one I’m particularly excited about. Been wanting a 1655 for a long time and well where the prices have gone I doubt I’ll be paying $20g for gen watches anymore with children and a warden in the picture lol however it was an excuse to build a kick ass franken ! When I’m done it will be a North worth buying gen type of deal lol I’m nearly into $6000 for this build now with buying a phone build to scrap for a better life. Case set is a phong 1655 2.9mil serial. The dial is a custom Vietnam frog foot rail dial that I’m still waiting on, it’s not correct to the serial date of 72’ ish as the rail dial appeared in 74’. The heart beat will be a crispy fresh serviced genuine 1570 Rolex movement. Genuine unused mint tritium hand set Genuine unused 25 - 116 plexi Genuine crown and tube (used) Genuine open 6 & 9 closed 26 silver date wheel minty fresh Really excited to get this out together, only missing the dial right now. Canada post is on strike so it’s taking forever to get here. Any criticism is greatly appreciated as these watches do have variance over the production years so minute details may be missed.
  17. sparkybologny

    Wristies - thread consolidation?

    Tiffany Rolerai on Elephant strap Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. I’m guessing you have been asked not to share the photos again from the statement above? If this is supposed to be a guide then you are hardly guiding people in the correct procedure of how a transaction should be done. Sent from me
  19. themannier

    Wristies - thread consolidation?

    Thank you mate ! It looks like you enjoy the nice pieces from Rolex also 😉
  20. Mike on a bike

    Tudor Gmt black bay is out

    I remember the big to do over this years ago on the Rolex GMT, can not recall one had correct stack other did not but other tells? Or was it a mod that corrected the stack , I do remember there were correct stack ones about.
  21. MrThompspnR

    Wristies - thread consolidation?

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  22. MrThompspnR

    Rolex Wristies thread

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  23. Right! A fresh batch of pictures in. I would welcome comments before they are eventually deleted by a moderator. In my view, this looks like a better overall piece than the last (picture directly below with the red markings). The new piece looks good. The only thing that appears "off" is that the 12 o clock batons aren't straight. They are a bit like like this: / \ to my untrained eye. Question: Is this something a friendly and skilled watchmaker can fix? Anyone on here? Any other comments? Should I accept? Pictures of the current piece on offer below. I think I will accept this watch and try and get the little bits sorted when i have more money.
  24. automatico

    Sea-Dweller 126600

    "I used loctite blue on the tube thread plus all 5 gaskets to seal her up tight." My 2 cents: The most important gasket of all is the one between the case and case tube. In order for it to function properly the case threads have to be clean and up to spec, the case has to be machined with a proper gasket seat, and the gaskets, case tube, and crown need to be oem spec. The gaskets...two inside the case tube and one in the crown cap are the 'heroes' of the triplock system but in reality they are vastly under stressed under normal circumstances (above ground or in shallow water). After all, the common 'twinlock' crown is rated to 100M and it has only one gasket in the tube and one in the crown cap. No telling how deep they could really go. The gasket on the outside of the case tube under the crown skirt is basically a dust seal to keep grit and moisture away from the threads. They usually wear at a higher rate than the internal O ring gaskets because of the dirt. Loctite is good at holding but not so good at sealing. Sealing depends on the gasket. I understand we are talking about replicas that may never go deeper than 10M but I have seen as many leaks between the case and case tube as anywhere else on genuine and replica watches...number two is cracked acrylic crystals and plastic sapphire crystal gaskets on genuine watches plus case back gaskets on replicas. Many 'professional' watch repair shops do not even know (or care) that there is a small silver sealing washer that goes between 5.3mm and 6.0mm twinlock case tubes and cases. I have found that most non authorized 'professionally' maintained rolex watches do not have these gaskets and will sometimes leak under water. Gold case tubes/crowns have gold gaskets at this location. 'Non authorized' in this post = no parts account and not much specialized rolex knowledge. What this all boils down to is the gasket and gasket seat between the case and case tube are very important.
  25. sgtguk

    Tudor Gmt black bay is out

    Exactly right ! @ Mike, yeah usual with these isn't it ☺️
  26. alterego

    Wristies - thread consolidation?

    That's a beauty. Here is my wrist shot for the day.
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