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Ronin last won the day on April 22

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  1. I might have actually grabbed the last one to repair a stretched out side of a 9315. Worked well. The clasp and end links these come with are total junk. Bin’d those. Thanks to my small wrists the removal of the links was a snap and the “push pins” are obscured in the clasp. I literally am using half of it on the 12’ o clock side of my 1675. (Top) Gen links on the 6 o clock side (bottom) with Gen clasp, Gen 280 end links. The color and size is a perfect.
  2. Surprised there is no explanation as to what is going on with the new badges and loss of power max, and member since… Was it just a forum update that was unknowingly applied, or was this a conscientious choice by the Admin? Edit to add, those viewing this on Mobile browser only probably have no idea what we are talking about. Only noticeable on full desktop 🖥 browser version of the forum.
  3. Wow Naunq! amazing. I think the other trick is to actually beat it up, then have it polished (lightly). If you did the "Jar of coins" aging, then polished it, then wore it hard, you would achieve a believable aged case.
  4. I use two lever style hand pullers, and sometimes these plastic tools you get from iFixit to fix iPhones, to unfold the links. I then use brute finger strength to fold them closed, sometimes with the help of a wooden block to press against. HTH
  5. Yeah, whats up with the badges. "We don't need no stinking badges!" Ditto, I have been here for 12+ years and got my 1yr badge and "Newbie" status. 🤣 Edit to add, didn't our avatar used have something like "Member Since 2008"? or am I delusional?
  6. My TD of choice has not been slow to respond per se'. However, his responses have grown short, sometimes missing the question. Actually, I believe some of the responses are coming from their employee's and not the man himself. Ultimately my TD comes through, but any QC pic issues or concerns are rebuffed, blamed on photos, or "will check with the factory" then after a week they ship the same watch with the QC concern anyways. I would say something is up. Maybe the recent raids have them in a bad mood.
  7. Going off of memory of a post I saw on another forum, the reversing wheels and attachment to ratchet wheel notoriously strip/implode on these. I think a proactive service of the auto winding system might help prolong this.
  8. Yeah. The VSF 216610 is amazing. There are posts about it in the Rolex forum here.
  9. I have one of these in my parts drawers. The applied lume plots were laughable. Can you tell me more about the crystal and bezel swaps? Did it require much mod. Was your bezel a click, wire, or nylon tension system? looks like you didn’t drill the lug holes fir 2mm bars????
  10. Similar situation here. Got the Gen’s I wanted. Was gone for about 5 years. In 2019 I became frustrated and put off my what was/is happening in the Gen and Grey markets. Not to mention I have owned Gen’s from all the major brands and actually had many issues requiring warranty work that usually came back botched (Tudor). When paying >$5k for a “Swiss” watch that has QC issues it sent me running back here. I think the price hikes are relative and generally worth it. A Seiko Turtle will run you the same as a NOOB, VS/VR, GM, BP; Rolex, PAM, Omega rep that is damn close. Get an ETA base run it till dies and swap in a Gen ETA/Sellita. If you haven’t handled the VSF 216610 Sub, it is worth every penny. The VS3235 movement is a true custom clone 3235 movement with an astonishing 72± hours power reserve. Takes Gen Rolex calendar parts. If you can service ETA, you can service this. I go back and forth. I am fortunate and grateful I can walk in to a Rolex dealer and get what I want. At the same time the lure of Reps is equally, and at times more fun and satisfying.
  11. Ditto! I usually say something like "It's my own Restoration, a real Frankenstein <with a laugh>". Also, "Swap-Job". This will flush out people who have read the "The Rolex Report". Or if it is a straight up Rep same as you: "MBW, Vaclume PAM Mod, Trusty VSF "Special" 😛
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