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  1. Minnie Mouse! Make that Thinnie Mouse! It is 29.6mm thick and weighs 339 grams with a very short bracelet. A friend bought thus thing at a pawn shop 'needing a battery'. He brought to me for a new battery, I looked it over and it needed a coil, circuit board, negative battery contact, battery insulator, case back gasket, and a battery (Harley Ronda GMT mvt with adjustable 24H hand). Someone tried to change the batt and ran a screwdriver through the coil, then took the top cover plate off, ruined the circuit board somehow, folded up the batt contact, lost the batt insulator, and stuck it back together. Invicta AD maybe. I asked if he wanted it fixed and he said: "How much?" I said: "Fifteen dollars, cash or trade." (I am famous for overpriced repairs) He said: "It's yours." I fixed it.
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  2. Not an easy build for sure but if you endeavor I highly recommend to go the v726 route. The v726 has the correct beat rate and you will not need to glue any subdial hand onto the dial, which I would never recommend for high end builds. Afaik the v23 is not much cheaper than a v726 with a bit of luck. Best will be to search for a donor watch, as naked v72 usually sell for quite a premium over full watches. Stem you will need one that fits the rolex crown, phong sells them and probably the easiest way to get them. Good luck!
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  3. Gen 1016 albino example from IG
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  4. Yes it it. He’s now gone. Thank you.
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  5. This would be scammer has been reported to the moderators.
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  6. "Some of the equipment to make these high quality elaborate replicas can be as expensive as those used. by genuine production factories themselves!" My (educated) guess is some of the replica cases/bracelets/dials etc. are made in the same facilities that make cases/bracelets/dials etc. for genuine brands and the machines are programmed to make extremely accurate replicas during late hours etc. Example...Swatch and many other swiss brands have cases/dials/bracelets etc. made in China, I remember about ten years ago when eBay was flooded with steel 'Tissot' quartz chronographs, new with B/P for about one third of the genuine watch price. The quick and easy way to tell the replica from a genuine watch was the price. I had one, ETA movement and all, it even had a 'Tissot' owner's manual and 'History Book' with it. Here is a genuine example in case anyone sees one for sale... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJwoiiu0kYE There was more than one grade of these replica chronos, mine must have been from the top of the heap. China, Taiwan, Vietnam and a few other countries have factories that can make any of the watch cases etc. as accurate to genuine as the guy paying for them wants them to be. Take the USA for example: No doubt a first class job shop could duplicate a rolex case to 100% perfection. Q...Why has it not been done on a large scale, that we know of? A...Because labor here is many times higher than China/Taiwan etc. so it is not worthwhile. It is also more risky because RUSA would chase them down one way or another as soon as word got out. No one can keep a good secret. RWC does not have much clout in China/Taiwan/Vnam. This brings me back to the genuine rolex replacement '444' cases...a detailed Yuki 5512-5513 case (for example) from a few years ago with a '444' serial number would more than likely pass for genuine. I saw a few at a watch show with genuine movements, case tubes/crowns/dials/hands and no doubt they would pass as genuine. Q...How do I know they were not genuine? A...I knew the guy who had them. I used a Yuki case for an example because other than a few small details, they are the spittin' image of a '444' case.
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  7. “Rolex sells every watch they make” so they say? the trick I have seen with boutiques (of whatever kind )to rise prices and sell at those prices is; in creating an artificial shortage as to entice potential buyers sitting on the fence to swing towards queuing up and paying big £££€€€$$$$ for something they would still be be in two minds about!is a plus plus for the seller! Make it hard to get and make it look rare, is a strong psychological power game! Similar to how the fashion industries work but slightly different! Has anyone ever questioned who is the real power broker behind the replica industry? Is it a group of pensioners/enthusiasts running a hobby farm from their back yard sheds? Really? Some of the equipment to make these high quality elaborate replicas can be as expensive as those used. by genuine production factories themselves! Who in their right mind would have that sort of capital.to risk running & losing millions only to be caught and shut down to lose it all!! Certainly not me or any entrepreneur that has better and safer ways to invest their nest eggs!! Then the giveaway to this (-if we were to consider this a conspiracy theory) is why are these replicas never made to be exactly 1:1? Do you think it is because they are too stupid or not skilled enough to replicate them 1:1 with the modern technology that exists if they can get this far doing a great job? Or are they purposely made that way so that they can be purposely distinguished by those that know them well like most of us here and the owner who probably owns the factory that makes both the genuine and the replicas?? Food for thought! The noobmariner F520117 in my opinion was one of the closest replicas ever made to the 16610 for the money you paid! Yet the crystal sizes are remarkably different by a mm, I believe this was done on purpose, not by lack of skill or design? As long as you can fool the masses, then ever Tom and Harry is happy!😃 let’s not forget that fake items are also good advertising for the genuine brand if the genuine brand markets for two different leagues of consumers! Yes, then Rolex does sell every watch they make! the above is my opinion and my opinion only! nuff said!
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  8. "Mine has also the same case as yours but with screw down crown." Your watches are super nice! I really like the California dial. The 2782 in my BB has the calendar spacer and all calendar works removed as it originally came with quick set date. These watches might be small by today's standards but they are great everyday watches for that reason. "Wish I could source more of these 5015 cases!" For a while after I got mine, I would see one for sale now and then, but none were claimed to be genuine. Twenty years later they have become rare! and genuine!, even when sporting an ETA movement with a rlx sticker on the rotor. The 'BB' on eBay was the first one I have seen in a few years. No way I would pay $1331USD for one though. Ha! From the Ranfft website: 21600 A/h: 2750 / 2770, 2776: no date 2752 / 2772: date 2753 / 2773: date, precision regulator 2758 / 2778: day, date 2759 / 2779: day, date, precision regulator 2761 / 2781: quick set date, high 2762 / 2782: quick set date 2763 / 2783: quick set date 2763-F6 / 2783-F6: quick set date, digital 2768 / 2788: day, quick set date 2769 / 2789: quick set day and date 2769-1 / 2789-1: quick set day and date, double-language 28800 A/h: 2751 / 2771: no date 2754 / 2774: date 2760 / 2780: day, date 2764 / 2784: quick set date - / 2790 : quick set day and date - / 2790-1: quick set day and date, double-language - / 2791: quick set date, high
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  9. And here it is with final mods (Legran 666ft sub hands, shorter minute). Always thought size would turn it into a display watch but actually became a daily beater… wish I could source more of these 5015 cases! but 3mm difference in diameter can make a difference and wrist time is actually being divided with this one (sorry out of topic, but could not resist!):
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  10. They are really nice R. Mine has also the same case as yours but with screw down crown. I tried a 2789 first but stem height is too much for a right alignment so I went for a 2824 with stem position 1mm lower. Dial was replaced for a self made california and military hands adjusted. I did replace them later for mercedes but had to find shorter minute hands not to go over the chapter ring. will post updated work later. best M.
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  11. "So what's your theory on the same SN?" Since all three of my 'BB' watches have the same reference and serial numbers, I would guess most or all of the replicas made by the same outfit that made mine will have the same numbers. Probably/maybe. I have seen a few replicas with engine turned bezels but do not know what the numbers were. Afaik these watches are all about 20 years old and I have not seen any new watches like this offered for sale in a long time. My other two are still nos from the same order as the one in my pics. The truth is these cases are very well made and many probably ended up with fresh ETAs or as Frankensteins. The dials on the examples I have seen have the SCOC blurb and originals usually have 'Officially Certified Chronometer', 'Chronometer', or no brag line at all on the dials. All the BB cases I have seen had 'snap in' crystals and were not clamped on the case by a removable bezel like later models, mine included. I had a nice genuine BB a while back needing some autowind parts and I traded it for a super fine Hamilton 992B and some other watch stuff. The aw assemblies on these things are junk imho. Back when BBs were Hot, I ran into one Frankenstein BB with a genuine case, dial, etc. and it had the original 'hubcap' over the back of the movement with a genuine BB rotor. The catch was it had a Bulova automatic movement hidden under the hubcap with a looong winding rotor axle sticking through the hubcap with the BB rotor mounted on it. It took a lot of time and botching skill for someone to do all of that. It's a good story but I can't tell it because there is a famous/infamous watch guy involved and dumbo me got in the middle of it, trying to help.
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  13. A Disney Snap! watch. This was for a Kid but the Kid turned it down. Now it's mine, all mine. I drilled lug holes in the case and put a leather strap on it. The time is nine - two plus a notch, four.
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  14. 'New' 1016... New as in different case and bracelet but same dial and 'combo' ETA 2824/2836 that was in my JMB '1016'. Sold the JMB cases and the guts ended up here. Genuine 16220 case, ST bezel, cut to fit GS 22 crystal. Lug holes bored out for oem spec spring bars. This same case had a 1570 and genuine 1016 dial for a while in mid 2008. The bracelet is a cheapo with hollow mid links. The screw holes in the removable links were blind on one side and I drilled them out and pressed short pieces of stainless pins in them and finished the ends to look like ends of the screws. Made a new brass spacer to position the movement in the case and cemented the 'no foot' dial to the spacer. Case clamps and screws keep it all in place. This late 1980s (L serial) 16220 case may look a bit more like a later 1016 than an earlier model. The 2824 base movement is a good fit in this case but a 2836 would be a hair too thick. A 2836 is a better fit in a 16000 type case. The earlier '1016' with the JMB case looked new but this high mileage case looks the part. More or less. Note the worn lug tips from a bracelet on the side view and below, this takes place over years of daily wear. The left lug is shadowed and gives the impression of heavy wear but the other side gives a more accurate impression. This happens when the hoods and bracelet connecting links wear and allow the bracelet to rub the insides of the lugs. It looks pretty bad in this close-up but it does not show much at all on the wrist. The 'new 1016' case above compared to a replica 36mm 'modern explorer'... The 'modern explorer' has an A21 in it and the case will accept an ETA 2836-2. I have one that came with an ETA 2836 and they are identical except for the movements, hands, dials, and dial foot location. This one has silver/gray writing on the dial and the ETA 2836 models have the correct white writing. It is 15+/- years old but looks like the same cases they are selling today...maybe the same as an unmodified JMB '1016' case? It will accept oem crystals etc.
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  15. 2531.80 Bond SMP vintage build Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
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  16. I agree that double ARs look nice for some watches, but for APs, it actually makes the watch look inaccurate as gen AP crystals are all single AR. Also, the double AR accentuates the flaws on the tapisseries and printing for the rep. Double AR crystals are also prone to surface scratches and marring. My gen 15400, with single AR crystal
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