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  1. Today was a first for me tears rolled down my face. I had 91 year old women whom I was trying to give an aerosol treatment to, she keep taking off her treatment mask. She was Italian same first name of my recently departed 93 year old Aunt Assunta /Sue. For me it was taking care of my beloved Aunt so I pulled up a chair took her hand in my gloved one and started singing in Italian. She immediately calmed and left the mask alone. So I sat w/ her in my gear seen above singing to her till the treatment was over. I can get through the gear being an old bass choir singer, you will hear me. At the end in a small voice she said you sing beautifully, whatever risks I take they pale in comparison to what I felt , it's all worth it. By 2 Pm it was time for another round I pulled up my chair she reached for my hand I did Latin , Hebrew in choir style & even threw in some JT, "whisper something soft and kind" ( guess the song guys). I see death I see pain I see fear in my patients, myself and co-workers, but this was a day of a small but meaningful triumph , at least for me....................... I can only wish my co-workers in their own ways get these little victories to offset their stress and anguish. The sun will rise I go to bed now , tomorrow once more into the breach but w/ a lighter heart. We shall prevail against this petulance my friends or die trying, I have found renewed strength in the most unlikely place by singing to an old women all alone dying.
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  2. Hello everyone! I’ve missed you guys. I’m still not ready to accept orders just yet but I have made some builds I’ll be posting for sale soon on my favorite forum. All the best to you all!
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  3. A picture is worth a thousand words
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  4. After about three years' time, I can call this one "done". The case looks to be hand made, from maybe the 70s, likely from Vietnam. It's nearly perfect, though a little too rounded on the sides. Inside the case back is the curly Rolex logo from the era, stamped deeply. The serial numbers are age appropriate and it has BREVET+ between the 12:00 lugs. I put a Brevet+ crown on it, and the dial is correctly dished, but chipped around the edges because the case maker didn't provide a good way to anchor the movement inside. The hands it came with were horrible, made from bits of different hands soldered together. The hours hand looked like card stock and the seconds was 2mm short. Over about a year I put together the parts, including a Tonny Watch negative relief gloss gilt dial (magnificent) and a perfect set of hands I found on eBay. We went back and forth and decided to use the original chipped dial because it has the patina and it's correctly dished. I went with a low beat ETA because a reliable A260 movement doesn't exist. And now here it is, and dang it, sitting here on the desk beside me it looks exactly like my 62 year old gen 6536/1. It looks absolutely genuine. I wish I could upload high quality photos to do it justice.
    8 points
  5. Guys I received first of two Pfizer vaccine shots today, I'll let you know if I get any side effects.
    8 points
  6. As you know I hold full inquiries into such things but in this case evidence presented to us was in controvertible. Grail has been selling rep Rolex boxes and Rep watches as gen on TRF nobody knows reps like we do and upon being informed we looked into it. Athaya crowns, MQ cases you guys would spot a mile away along with some interesting picks of the same hands and wedding ring............... Need I add more there are movement shots also, you name it it's there. We buy reps that is our choice we mod and get them pretty damn close but we do rip off others with our skill set instead enjoy our watches as paying 50 -100 grand is not in the cards. Stay safe in these trying times my friends, for myself I go back into the COVID wards tomorrow. Alas a moral dilemma I hope you all never have to deal with, once more into the breach........................
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  7. The Kursk (Red sub) is getting some exercize today
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  8. New hands, new dial… Theses hands are perfect, thanks again for your great work @slay
    7 points
  9. Crownartcustoms mk3 insert is the final detail...
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  10. I’ve been after this project since forever. I always missed having a Red Sub in the lineup. I dabbled here and there and each time the results were horrible. Finally I found an old school MBW and the game was on. I watched from the sidelines until the “right” dial showed up, then I found the right bezel and started aging it. I went with a very early pointy-four insert and amber pip. Then an original Polex Pete silver flat-three overlay washed up on these blissful shores. I tried 1,000 different T127 crystal and ring and bezel combinations until settling on the Sternkreuz. Then I filed and sanded the MBW ring until it all went together. Then I sent it all off to my ever-patient builder and gave him very minimal guidance: “use your artistic eye”. He machined the case and worked the details until it all fell together, and now it’s home and finished. I still need to have the PP overlay installed, but everything else is DONE. And what a beauty. It’s more than I hoped for. Thanks again to NeckyZips for being reliable, and being patient with me. The man is an artist nes plus ultra.
    6 points
  11. Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G981B met Tapatalk
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  12. Interesting point of view. I for one don't think there's such a big picture... I think we vintage watch lovers are not so many. Most people want plain bling and a 100K€ vintage Daytona just isn't visible enough on the wrist to thrill the uneducated crowds. There are two kind of reps : modern and vintage. Modern is mass made and yes brands are fighting against it. It's perfectly understandable. Vintage on the other hand is a totally different picture. Never was it mass produced (for quality items. The only mass produced are jokes really...) and that very fact shows the clientele pan is limited. So they are handmade. And pretty much always by afficionados. Even the vietnam made ones are made by people who were collectors at first before it became a business. And I might add : not a lucrative one. If I count my labor for example I must make someting like 5 to 8 euros an hour... Hahahaha !!! Yeah... What a joke when in my real line of work I won't lift my pencil for less than a hundred an hour. So it isn't for the money at all: there isn't to be made. Just the thrill of creating dream pieces and cracking the small details that makes a piece a great piece. That patina, that unique lume color, that unique dial shade of brown... All those makes every build a thrilling experience. Personally: creating those timekeepers is a real therapy away from the real life. I meet you there . Your head must be free of anything else to achieve a good job. Mostly now that my sight is slowly decreasing.... I now need to pay more attention and I can't work a weekend straight on a watch. Let's all fight for our hobby to live despite that hostile world my friends !!!!!
    5 points
  13. Have a blessed Memorial Day
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  14. Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G981B met Tapatalk
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  15. That’s right, today is the day, starting with one lonely man and some bulletin board software we’ve grown into the most educated and knowledgeable watch forum on the Web. Tens of thousands of members and accumulated centuries of experience... I’m proud to be part of this place we call 127.0.0.1 Congratulations RWG!!!
    5 points
  16. On a tip from [mention=59902]hologramet[/mention], I purchased an insert from [mention=47967]Dlf[/mention]. What can I say, it’s amazing! Here it is now installed on my 5517. Thank you both guys!
    5 points
  17. Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G981B met Tapatalk
    5 points
  18. I dont want to say that I saw this coming, but I never liked him. He didnt feel neither helpful nor genuine. Always trying to sell old beat up [censored] as if it was something rare and the best thing since sliced bread. Well well money; the root of all evil. Any links to the threads where he sold rep parts?
    5 points
  19. @hologramet will advise you to tone it down a little if you want to get buyers. Your knowledge and skills are undisputed but your conditions come across as somewhat harsh (though as a modder I do get what you mean) Go easy, your filtering will work automatically based on which member you choose to respond to.
    5 points
  20. Here it is. This is how it looks before[emoji1787]
    4 points
  21. Some very hot metal in the wristies, gentlemen. My humble contribution for your viewing enjoyment --
    4 points
  22. I got out the Little Gonzo today in honor of seeing my grandbaby for the first time.
    4 points
  23. Andrew at trusty time is a stand up man. There are so many variations of his domaine name that are riding off his coat tales. If you didn’t pm him directly your not dealing with him. Frankly your lucky to have got a watch period ordering off the fake trusty sites. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  24. Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G981B met Tapatalk
    4 points
  25. Sent from my LYA-L09 using Tapatalk
    4 points
  26. I thought I'd try the Maranez on a Beads of Rice band. Wow! I'm in love.
    4 points
  27. Yeah, I worked for a US multinational that banned us from using the word “blackboard” because it was racist, so every time a manager referred to a whiteboard I filed a formal complaint. If you met me you would probably assume I was Caucasian, but one of my direct ancestors was an emancipated slave who did very well in business. So I guess we could just all grow a pair, act like adults, judge people on how they behave rather than stereotypes and accept we all came from Africa it’s just a matter of how long ago
    4 points
  28. Sometimes reflections are a great thing!
    4 points
  29. Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G981B met Tapatalk
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  30. My HH5514 as always.
    4 points
  31. Open to any constructive criticism Jkf 1680 with dg2813 movement Mods: •reshaped case •added a tc v6 clasp •athaya 702 crown •drilled lug holes •watchmaterials crystal •viet dial(printing isn’t 100% accurate but gorgeous imho) •silenced rotor and finally waterproofed Tell me what you think, things to improve on, what looks off, etc. For context i learned how to take a caseback off about 4 months ago and now ive “built” my first watch(although rather crudely in my guest bedroom). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  32. MOAB AT WORK IN THE COVID WARD.
    4 points
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