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    I guess I'm a fake guy because I took a rolex 1570 made out of parts gathered from here and there plus c/o/put it together, stuck it in an MBK case with aftmkt bezel kit, dial, hands, case tube, crystal, one of Mary's folded bracelets...and cranked out a 'fake vintage' watch that will run for a many years. I can't help being a little bit proud of it even if it is a 'fake' because I put it together, know it inside and out, and can fix it if it breaks. So...when some dildo with shiny shoes and a new submarooner starts bragging about how great and expensive his watch is and spouts 'fake watches are for fake people', I have to wonder if characters like that ever learn anything about life or just slide in and out, always being a dildo. "This one was $175 brand new." ...back when an RC and a Moon Pie was less than a quarter.
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    Being one of the oldest folks on this forum, I am going to chime in on my take about "fakes are for fakes". I totally disagree with that premise, unless you are some guy who is overtly showing your "fake" AP,Rolex Hublot, etc. to others with the sole intention of deceiving them into something that you aren't. I would hope that there are none like those people on this forum. Most likely not, because for the most part they are not interested in watches as a marvelous miniature, intricate machine that allows us at a glance to see the time, date, phase of the moon, time in other time zones, etc. They are only interested in a watch as a symbol of their ostentatious lifestyle. I would suspect that the vast, vast majority of people who are here are proud of their watches, marvel at their design, but are as inconspicuous in their watch wearing. These are not fake people, they are not trying to deceive anyone, they wear replicas because they represent an opportunity to wear watches that they for whatever their reasons are not desirable to them in their genuine form. Possible they cannot afford the genuine, maybe it's because they have had genuine watches and are turned off by the incredible costs of repair and parts. Possibly they feel that their money can best be put to better uses than buying a 6-10K watch. Everyone has his reasons, and all are valid. Here is my experience. I have ben collecting (Accumulating) watches for probably 40+ years. I'm old enough that I bought new Rolex 1680's,1665's and Daytonas for less than 1000.00 USD each, in fact all of those were around the 500.00 USD range. Wish I had a couple of those back by the way!! Over the years, I ventured out into other brands, Breitling, IWC, Chronoswiss, Omega,Maurice Lacroix.,Ulysse Nardin are the ones I remember and can recall the exact watches. During that time, I ventured into Replicas, first joining a rep forum way back during the days of the old TRC. One thing that put me off gens at that time was the cost of repair and the lengthy time involved. I remember A Breitling Chronomat that every time I sent it in for repairs (twice) they wanted to change things that didn't need changing and the repair bill was in excess of 300.00 USD. That was a lot in 1988! Another was a Chronoswiss that required a trip back to Germany and was gone for 3 months. All in all I could see that the costs of maintenance on some of these somewhat finicky watches was not where I wanted to go. I eventually sold almost all my genuine watches and replaced them with replicas. Way cheaper and just as accurate and dependable. A few years later, I had a bit of a falling out with reps, primarily because at the time I was mostly dealing with Rolex and after purchasing them, I spent a good bit on making them nice frankens, the usual genuine crystal, insert, crown, reluming, replacing the rep bracelet with gen bracelets/endlinks. I was really happy with the results, however when it came time to sell one, no one wanted to pay much over the price of the original watch, so usually when one sold, I took a beating. this is still the same today, however I feel like folks today are more willing to pay for what was done as well as the original price of the watch. Over the years, I have totally enjoyed my reps. I never try to hide that they are reps, although I find that the vast number of folks are totally disinterested in watches in general. Most cannot tell a Rolex from a Timex!! Maybe that's a good thing as it probably prevents undue watch scrutiny. I still have a good many genuine watches, which alas, get very little wrist time. I have a gen Rolex 16610 that has not been on my wrist for probably 2 years. Why do I keep it? Probably to pass on to my son or grandson who both like watches. A few others get a little wrist time. Probably my Rolex 16750 gets the most, primarily because of it's GMT function. And finally, if you are worried about wearing replicas, then I have two pieces of advice. First, don't try to pull off something that is a well known expensive piece. Even though there have been lots of threads here about folks who don't look the part actually being able to afford a expensive genuine watch, in real life there are not that many young guys who are going to be able to afford a 100K watch at age 20. Certainly there are some, but by and large their numbers are pretty small. So if you are going to college and delivering Pizzas part time, unless your family owns the Pizza chain, don't try to pull off the unpulloffable. Second if you truly want to fly under the radar, wear "unknown" brands, or at least models of brands that look like a lot of other watches. My AP FC diver looks like about a thousand other "Black" watches that you see everywhere from drug store watch displays, mall stores to chain jewelry stores. Also, watches from those "unknown" brands. There are so many genuine boutique brands and even larger more recognized brands that are to the general population, unknowns. If you want to see how popular and widespread a brand is, go to the genuine website and click on dealers. Some of the genuine brands have almost no dealers in the USA. Watches like Linde Werdelin for instance have a grand total of five dealers in the USA!! and of these five two are in the Phoenix area and one in Florida. What do you think your chances are of seeing someone with a genuine LW are? Pretty slim. Same with others that some of us would consider pretty popular. A good example is Blancpain. And old brand with a pretty established history especially with their vintage dive watches from the 60's and 70's. Blancpain has about 36 retail establishments over the entire USA, about half of those a Tourneau, which to me is sort of a watch supermarket. So again, pretty slim chance that you are going to see your Fifty Fathoms walking down the street or in a restaurant/bar. So, finally to all you fine forum members out there, wear your replicas in good health, and for whatever your reasons, I feel certain that you are as comfortable wearing them as I am.
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    Except for caseback, everything is gen. Gen AP 3126/2184 movement as well as a gen midcase, bezel and bezel screws. 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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    Hey guys. Thought I'd drop in to say hello. Also wanted to share some analysis of 20mm spring bars I've "discovered". For the past couple of years, I've sworn by ST (Startime) spring bars. Unlike most rep and aftermarket bars, the springs don't crumple, the ends are nicely rounded, and they are made in Switzerland. They really are terrific. But I have an account at a part supply company called Beco-technic in Germany. I've ordered stuff from them a few times, but never thought of trying their spring bars until my most recent order. To my surprise, they are superior to ST bars and I suspect genuine Rolex bars are made by the same factory. Side by side, the ST bars are nearly identical to the Beco-Technic (BT) bars. The ST bar ends are rounded, and the BT bar ends are conically tapered: Now here is a comparison of the BT bars (on the left) and gen bars (on the right). Both ends are conical: Keep in mind, that these observations are based on a random and very small sample size and no two spring bars are identical . Now here is a shot of all three together (ST on left, BT in middle, Gen on right: Conical or rounded, I don't think anyone will care. But a more important contrast is the strength of the internal springs. I've always found the ST springs are "noisy" when compressed. The BT and gen are much quieter. Further here is some VERY unscientific measurements of the force required for full compression (using a kitchen scale). The gen bars, are not new, but measured 506 grams on the scale; equivalent to 4.96 Newtons (if my math is correct. I have a Physics degree but I don't remember jack [censored]): The brand new BT bars measured a whopping 580 grams (5.68 N): And finally, brand new ST bars averaged 380 g (3.72 N): Had the gen bars been brand new, I imagine the springs would be slightly stronger. At any rate, I think my go-to bars from now on will definitely be the Beco bars. If you try to order from them, keep in mind you will need to be approved. Also, I had a lot of trouble accessing their website recently (www.beco-technic.com). I'm in Canada and could not load the page for unknown reasons. So I changed my IP address to Germany and it worked fine. Odd. Frankly, I think 20mm ST bars (or equivalent) are just superb for any watch that accepts them. But the BT's are as close as I have ever seen to what you would get from RSC.
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    Time to update it a bit... Thx for the magic @rolojack!
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    Better sit down, Rick. This one was $175 brand new. There's an old saying... "Rolex makes the world's most expensive $500 watch".
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    I dunno, I prefer this one...
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    5512 Gilt PCG w/ chapter ring dial - on my wrist today, but built for a friend. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Thank you all for the kind words and support and for anyone who can't figure out why such a newcomer was chosen, well neither can I. When this idea was first put to me I was truly stunned. Aside from the great comradery, the champagne fountain, dancing girls and so forth, I see this not as being raised to the aristocracy, but as having become the servant of all.
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    All of these fake watches and fake people have created and University for me. I would not know have the things I know now if it wasn't for all these fake watches no thanks to all the fake people that have shares all there journeys I have found a fake world full of greats. So sorry but there is no turning back. From one fake person to a real one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Does an MKII qualify as gen?
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    My latest rebuild with new case. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    For something a little more unusual... I've never seen another one like this, it's a Wakmann/Gigandet AOPA triple date. Not quite a Breitling Top Time, but it fills a gap in the Wakmann / AOPA / Breitling / Top Time / Navitimer sequence.
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    Welcome back - New look and new toys! Hiiiiii Soooo glad to see you again. It's been so lonely in here while working on all the new exiting stuff that is now ready for you. REALLY hope you like all of this First of all, I hope you like the new design. Not going to say to much about it, other than give it a day or two before you start complaining. And if you decide to come back here to complain in a day or two; don't bother. We are keeping it Now, let's get started on some of the stuff that has changed and let me introduce to you one of the biggest news; RWG Classifieds. Hurry, go there now and post an ad or just take a look; https://rwg.cc/classifieds/ The trade forums are some of the most popular forums on RWG and we will now move all of this into our very own classifieds section. Please let me know what you think about this!! For the first week, all users will be able to post as many ads as they want for FREE. This way, you can all get your ads up and running in no time. And because the sales forums are gone, you will have to post all of your items for sale again. Sorry about this, but there is no other good way of doing this. Now, since this is free for one week, I'm sure you understand that when one week has passed, you will all have to start paying to post ads here. And when I say all, I mean all members. VIPs, Platinums, etc. The free sales ads are no longer included in any of the upgrade memberships, The reason for this is simple; I have done a major cleanup in the VIP/Platinum members and removed all members that were non paying members. The sad fact is that we now only have 94 VIP members. The system has deleted almost 200 members that still were VIP members, but were no longer paying. There could be many reason why these members were still VIPS, but not paying, as we have changed the upgrade systems so many times and some members have gotten their accounts upgraded for one or another reason, but 94 paying members out of almost 70.000 members is NOT good enough. I'm still paying server bills out of my own pocket and by paying for ads posted, we are getting a little bit more funds in to cover our costs. The ads won't be expensive and it should be easy for sellers to add the cost of the ad on top of the watch or spilt it with a potential buyer. So I sincerely hope that if you are enjoying your stay here, you use our store to upgrade your membership; https://rwg.cc/store. For a limited time, we are now offering a 50% discount on all memberships. Just use the coupon code 615F5 during checkout! And speaking of checkout. We are once again able to offer payments via Paypal. Stripe.com is the preferred payment gateway, but Paypal available as a second option. We have a bad track record using PP, so hopefully it will stay available And remember; NEVEr open PP disputes without having been in touch with me first when it comes to upgrades you have bought or ads you have paid for! Ok, what else; You are now able to log in using several options, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. You can link accounts in your account settings; https://rwg.cc/settings/ We are now offering two factor authentication. This is to bump up the security on all accounts here even further. This is optional, but if you decide to use it you can use both Google Authenticator or security questions. You can set it up here: https://rwg.cc/settings/account-security/ On top of this, all traffic to and from RWG is encrypted and running on https:// Links directory is also back, so feel free to start and populate this with links and let me know if we need more/other categories; https://rwg.cc/links/ You will also notice that we have slimmed down the forums a bit. Some forums are gone, others are merged. I think the forum was too long, so this is the reason for this. Another thing you will notice is that some dealers are missing. This is most likely only temporarily, as all sellers on RWG are required to pay a fee. I will be reaching out to all sellers on RWG shortly to get all sections up and running again and have a chat with all the members who have their own sections here at RWG how they can contribute and support our community. Also, we are now accepting new dealers, so feel free to let your favourite dealer know that we have spots available if they are interested in joining one of the biggest forums online. Hmm...I'm sure I have forgotten something, but I'm going to put the forum back online now and get back to any other news I might have forgotten later on Enjoy and as always; I appreciate all feedback, both good and bad. Especially the bad, as I have a brand new BAN-button PS: Crew members - The re-opening party with the supermodel striptease in the "Champagne and caviar room" is slightly delayed. We have to find KB's left nut before we can start
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    Been too busy to with work lately but thought I'd do a quick share. Gen dial Gen insert Gen 3135 movement Gen bracelet Gen hands Gen crown and tube Gen crystal Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk One note, this build ended up costing more than a gen 116610ln Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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    You have the right idea, but the wrong approach. You need a Watch Repository.
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    Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to announce the newest member of the RWG Moderating staff! We spent many an hour around the fireplace sipping fine single malt, bandying about the possibility that the new guy would keep the liquor cabinet and cigar humidor locations secret. In the end the vote was enthusiastic and unanimous, so without further ado.... may I announce: SOGEHA as the newest member of our staff. It's a lot of work, and we're sure he's equal to the task. So please join us in welcoming him "aboard".
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    This is a really neat Art Deco watch. The crystal profile is fascinating and lends a really unique look to it in person. Impossible to capture with a camera I suppose.
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    1966 always looks good on my wrist [emoji4] Highly recommend!
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    Speaking of orange....
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    I've had this for many many years, and surprisingly it keeps excellent time. Nicely sized, too, at 43mm diameter. Semi-pocketwatch case is interesting, the back pops off and reveals a hinged caseback covering up a lovely 15j mov't! If only watches could talk... This one has many stories I bet.
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    That's better... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Flyback Tuesdays with Valjoux Cal. 230 flyback mov't
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    Ok, I admit I've been holding back. But it's worth the effort to make the trek to the watch fortress high in the cliffs above the house to retrieve my crown jewel for this thread. She rarely sees the light of day, but.... some things are worth it. This was a long time coming, and it was pure luck that landed this all-gen beauty on the shores of Chez Nanuq. So without further ado, I give you... .....the Miguel
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    YODA on Micah Canvas with dealstraps buckle
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    [emoji14] Gesendet von meinem SM-A310F mit Tapatalk
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    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Went with this today... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    1967 Plongeur by Tissot.
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    The deepsea blue 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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    Thanks Bro.. spec below: Vietnam Case reworked Gen dial Gen crystal Gen crown/tube Gen insert Gen bezel assembly Gen 93150 bracielet Gen 580 end-links Gen Springbar Tc v2 hands Eta Swiss 2846 remove click date as gen movement
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    Interesting that this pops up now because I have done some soul searching as to why I buy reps recently. I can see how somebody comes tot he conclusion that fake watches are bought to gain social prestige without being an unconscious bloke. I assume that the majority of reps are bought for exactly that reason. Just look at the fake watch buster posts with kids flashing their canal street reps and brag about the money they allegedly coughed up to buy them. At the same time I have learned that there are other motivations to buy reps, and I have learned that this is true for most of the members of this forum. I definitely do not buy reps to gain social prestige or flash them in public as gens. I also buy a lot of micro brands that would only be recognized by some real watch enthusiasts. Plus I own many gens, not in the 5-10000 USD area but the likes of Anonimo or vintage Omega. The net worth of my watch collection could easily buy me a nice Patek. So if I was out for prestige I would buy a Nautilus and end of story. But what I really enjoy about this hobby is diversity and the process of building a collection. Like to have a watch for every shirt color and every occasion. Having said this there are a lot of smaller and affordable brands out there that are even technically innovative and have better and more reliable movements. I am talking Anonimo, MKII and others. Just yesterday I stumbled over a UK brand that uses Tritium tubes instead of lume. So diversity is no valid reason to buy into reps as well. So why don’t we all buy micro brands or sterile homage watches instead? Obviously the famous watch brands have a lot of appeal. I often read the argument that the genuine brands are overpriced. But the price for something is made by the market and all luxury items are decoupled from the material and manufacturing cost. Why should the brands sell at a price below the market? The brand itself has a value and it was build by real people that earn their living from doing so and pay real taxes. It took decades of work, a lot if ingenuity and billions of dollars to get there. If you feel the brands are overpriced why buy them? It is not like food or medical supplies. Nobody needs a Rolex or a Patek. Another motivator: The hobby takes over and the obsession to correct the small flaws that still distinguish the reps from their gen counterpart. The hobby itself can be very fulfilling. So there are lots of reasons other then being fake or gain social prestige. Ultimately I came to the conclusion that I indulge myself into the thought of owning something I crave for and could not or would not afford otherwise. At the end of the day there IS some hypocrisy involved in this hobby. Face it! Probably not the kind of post guys want to read in a rep forum, but at least my "genuine" thoughts.