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  1. Very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great member, and was a pleasure to deal with. The Rolex 5514 in his collection came from me and I can't imagine parting with it to a finer guy. RIP Nanuq, you will be missed ...
  2. You will be hard pressed to find a franken. Watch is too new (and not really being produced in any quantity) so parts are extremely hard to come by and expensive when you can find them. The VSF and Clean Factory reps are great out of the box.
  3. Yes, they were about as good as they got. Rare to find now, but I was lucky enough to find one for my 5514 build.
  4. TC has been gone for a long time, so a M2M sale is going to be your only option.
  5. That watch looks somewhat familiar .... improving it already ....
  6. The Valjoux 730 has a calendar complication, which would require modifications to work on a Daytona build. It is not your best option. From a cost/availability standpoint, your best option for a Valjoux movement would be the base Valjoux 72 movement, as opposed to the Valjoux 726 you mentioned in your OP. If you want to read more about building a franken Daytona, you can start with my build post (linked in my signature). The start looking at other's build threads. A lot of people have taken on a Valjoux 72 based Daytona build, and there is a lot of good information in them.
  7. Fine watches. Fine people. Our slogan says it all. If a member can't live by that, then they should be gone.
  8. According to his post on RG, $195. https://www.repgeek.com/straps-and-watch-parts/274173-fs-rolex-explorer-1016-v2-set.html
  9. +1 Nanuq. If you are looking to retain value, a vintage Rolex that you like is the best answer. Unfortunately, there just aren't that many watches that hold their value (or increase) like a vintage Rolex. Or buy something that doesn't cost nearly that much so you don't have to worry about it, and use the rest of the money for something else. Based on some of your description above, something like an Omega 3573.50 would fit the bill. You can get it with the Mitsukoshi panda dial, and it has an exhibition caseback with an interesting movement. That dial is rare, and you should be able to find one for under $5,000.
  10. Too bad the pictures are gone, but lhooq did a thorough comparison awhile back. He thought the Sternkreuz was the best of the aftermarkets. I have a gen in mine, but it wasn't an "economical" build ....
  11. I used the WSO 580 "fat springbar" end links with Mary's 7836 without issue.
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