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  1. That is drop dead gorgeous - nice build, db. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I am SO glad I'm not the only one who is driven crazy by this end link fitting business lol. I'm a big fan of fitting different straps to my Rollie's and getting bracelets back on just right is such a pain in this [censored]. Matt's recommended method has worked for a bunch of my pieces pretty well so far. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Many thanks. Any members willing to share would be appreciated! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Amazing work, dBane. Did anyone end up doing a 16800 project, in the end? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Verrrry nice, Proj. I was just salivating over one on Watchrecon, thought it'd be wonderful to build a franken example, jumped onto the rep forum searches and only to stumble across this thread. Looks like I'm following in your footsteps after that 16750! Lol Would love one of these subs with the aged tritium/wg dials. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Spend some time researching and reading. There are many worthwhile threads on the multiple gen forums which will prove to be more useful than the pulling teeth approach you have now with this new thread. The WatchuSeek vintage watch forum and associated stickies have proven invaluable to me in the past. For what it's worth I concur with bwhite. Dial looks refinished at best - too clean. Movement...... Lol. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I've been a member on the various fora since 08 and dealt with all levels of dealers, modders and members. Whilst Matt's love of replying to emails in separate new threads drives me nuts (lol) he is by far the most stand up vendor I've worked with. I include Bert (who fixed an issue with a franken piece he created for a former customer whom I bought from for FREE) and PBDad within that group of high esteem. The three of them are super solid and an absolute invaluable asset to our little community. The way I see it, there are three levels of rep collectors - the noobs who bounce in and out of the forum only after the "best sub" and end up leaving with a stock $300 rep never to be seen again, the lingerers who are satisfied with their stock rep collection, and then the "lean forward" more engaged crowd who explore builds and the various nuances of the rep world blurred into the gen world. I'd like to think I'm slowly moving into that third stage and am grateful for the friends I've made within these forums and their advice and support. J Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Good looking piece, mate. Surprised you found a beauty like that in a NSW pawn shop! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. And here's mine. Lol. If you can live with the crown guards for the money you're spending then the RA route is a decent one. Good luck!
  10. @ogladio I haven't seen many gen 1675s at that price range, let alone good examples. Maybe I was looking in the wrong spots! Agreed though, I couldn't bring myself to sink over 1k into what is essentially a poor representation of a franken. There are plenty of watch models we can do this with. Unfortunately the gmt isn't one of them.
  11. ... You're kidding, right? Lol
  12. JJ (rolexaddict) was playing around with laser/metal welding to add to the cartel cg for awhile, there are some cool photos posted here or rwi outlining this work but I don't believe he offers this service currently due to issues in France with securing the required metal materials.
  13. I looked into building a franken 1675 or 16750 for ages but simply couldn't get over the inaccurate cg issue. Once you're aware of it you see it in every single cartel case based franken photo. :/ I ended up having to go gen lol
  14. Fantastic review, thanks for putting this together. I think this 512 is a fun, nifty little rep for the money. I like mine a lot
  15. Congrats on the new purchase, looks amazing. Very interesting re the patina facts too.
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