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  1. Thank you very much gentlemen. It is nice when a project comes together without too much fuss.
  2. My Franken 114060LV It has been quite a while since I have posted anything on any forum but thought I would share my latest completed project. I started this one with the hopes of building a nice no date franken Submariner. The hardest step by far was finding the correct case to start the project. I knew that I wanted to use a Noob V6S case for the SA3135 movement and bracelet but finding one proved to be quite difficult. I was lucky enough to finally find one in very good condition. I was initially going to use a Yuki 3135 converted to a 3130 but found a genuine 3130 movement for a very reasonable price, so I jumped on it. I already had the hands so the next steps were finding and collecting the rest of the parts. I was almost finished with the project and was about to finish it when I was offered the chance to buy a genuine ceramic LV insert. I jumped on that one too and so my 114060LN quickly became a 114060LV. I know that there doesn't exist one coming out of the Rolex factory (yet), but have seen other genuine owners adding a black dial to their hulk's to make a 116610LV. But enough of my dribble.....here are some pics of the final product. One note I would add is that I would eventually like to add the genuine bezel, crystal retaining ring, and bezel ratcheting mechanism parts. Finding those is the challenge though.... Build List: Noob V6S midcase, bezel, and bracelet Preik display caseback Genuine dial Genuine hands Genuine crystal Genuine 3130 movement Genuine crown and tube Genuine green ceramic insert Genuine spring bars
  3. Thank you very much gentlemen!!!
  4. Hey Guys, I don't post much on the forums these days but felt that this one deserved a post. Or some pictures at the very least. I feel like I need to say that this build was probably the most difficult I have done in terms of almost every little thing fighting me. The project started a couple of years ago when I ordered the old style 5002 rep without a working power reserve. I then started the long search for genuine parts. I had found all of the parts that I needed and started to work on the old movement to use the genuine date wheel, when I was told to put the project on hold. There were rumors that the factories were working on a new movement with a working power reserve indicator. I waited a while for the dust to settle once they came out to see if the new movement was up to snuff. The initial results were very positive and I was ready to pull the trigger when I was told again to hold off. The factories were working on an "improved" V2 movement. I was fortunate to be a part of a group buy of LPP BP's and was finally getting a working power reserve movement and the project could once again proceed. One note I should mention is that the only difference I can find on any of the power reserve movements I have see is that some have the wheel in the automatic mechanism that winds the ratchet wheel fully jeweled, whereas other just have that wheel riding on a post. Jewels are always preferred in the long run but I wouldn't call the other movements bad at all. To my disappointment, The new movement would not work with the old style case. The stem position was not in the same place. I was going to use the new LPP case instead since the stem position matches the case tube position, but then I noticed that the LPP case lacks the strap bevels (for lack of a better term) on the back. I decided to tackle that hurdle later once things were further along. One good thing was that the old 5002 caseback fits the LPP case. Getting the hands to fit also took some work. Mainly the hour wheel. The rep hour wheel is about 1.35mm and the genuine hour hand is about 1.7mm. That was quite a difference and the only option I could see was to make a sleeve for the rep hour wheel to match the diameter of the hour wheel. Once that was done the other hands just needed minor adjusting. The date wheel was another hurdle and one of the most critical of the build in my opinion. The date wheel almost works with the movement as is but the quickset gear won't work with it. That left me with the option of using it as an overlay. The rep date wheel measured at .5mm and the genuine at.3mm. I needed to reduce the rep date wheel by .3mm so that it would be about the same height when I added the genuine date wheel on top. I didn't have a chuck for lathe that would work, so I had to make one. The case tube was another thing that needed to be addressed. The rep case tube was not compatible with the genuine crown. The genuine tube was too long to fit in the case so it had to be modded. The genuine tube must have been coated in something because the only graver that I had that would cut it was carbide. Once I got the case tube cut and fitted to the case I was trying out the crown when I noticed that the stem diameter was not the same. The rep stem had a thread of 1.2mm and the genuine crown accepted a .9mm stem. A stem converter made the stem too long, so I went searching. On a hunch, I decided to try an ETA 7750 stem. By luck, it worked. Now that everything seemed like it was going to work, it was time to tackle those case bevels. After a few trials I think that I got them close. They aren't 100% but looking at pics of the genuine article, it looks like the rep bevels aren't 100% either. I finally got everything together today and have to say that I am pretty happy with the way that it turned out. So, after a long time I would like to present my 5002. Build List: Genuine Dial Genuine Hour and Minute Hand Genuine Second Hand Genuine Power Reserve Hand Genuine Date Wheel Genuine Tube Genuine Crown LPP Case 5002 Caseback Genuine Brown Buffalo Strap Genuine Deployant Modded gen tube on the left and rep LPP tube on the right Genuine crown on the left and rep crown on the right Genuine crown on the right and rep crown on the left
  5. That is truly some amazing work!!! You are doing things that many shops could only dream of doing. Major kudos!!!!
  6. Your work is impeccable M!!!! You showed off some great skills with this one and solved the problem of the ICHS movement Enjoy this beautiful franken!!!!!!
  7. I have always soaked the hands in acetone to remove the lume. This has always worked for me. Even the hands that have the white paint added to the back. It usually either dissolves or comes off in one sheet. I haven't seen it bubble up like your picture. Very curious.
  8. I think there is a coat applied to the top side of the crystal under the cyclops and and coat applied to the bottom of the crystal under the cyclops.
  9. Hope he doesn't mind me linking to his picture. http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l127/freddydynip/062-2_2__tonemapped1.jpg
  10. Yes. Freddy has a great picture showing it. If you google Rolex crystal AR, it will show up in the images. It is way better than I could show.
  11. The SubC crystal (25-295-C12) only has AR on the cyclops. It is applied to the bottom of the cyclops and the underside of the crystal where the cyclops sits. This is the same as the other crystal as well. I don't think Rolex has AR'ing entire crystals yet.
  12. Thanks so much for the comparison. It is nice to see them side by side. I know I will be referencing it later. Thanks again!!!!
  13. Sorry that can't give any tips to remove the insert, but you are right in that Rolex does use a special die that fits the slots in the bezel. Here is a scan showing the die (sorry it isn't super clear). Good luck and let us know if you succeed. Thanks!!!!
  14. I also finally got around to taking some halfway decent pictures of the build so here they are: Here is the build list if anyone is curious: Midcase: TC Caseback: Preik Display Back Bezel Assembly: Genuine Crystal: Genuine Non-Service Tube: Genuine Crown: Genuine 704 Monobloc Movement: Genuine 3135 Dial and Hands: Genuine Insert: Genuine Bracelet: Hybrid (TC V3 endlinks and main link with genuine 93250 clasp and diver's extension) Before anyone says that I could almost buy a genuine for the parts I used or it was a waste, let me say that I am in it or the build. I like the hunt for parts and really enjoy how well genuine parts are finished and work well together. Anyway, thanks for looking. I can finally scratch this one off of the list
  15. I got my Sean case back a couple of weeks ago after being refinished (by Phong) and it turned out really well. I was pleased with it and started my build but didn't like the gap in the SEL when I added the gen bracelet to the case. I tried getting a couple of TC bracelets to fit but they needed a good bit of work to fit properly and I just didn't feel like doing it. So, I decided not to use the Sean case. I had a TC case in my drawer that married up well with the TC bracelet end links, so that is the way I went. I figured you guys would want to see how it turned out after being refinished though. Here are some pics:
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