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  1. I am iabsolutely speechless with the latest thread from our fellow member Bart Cordell on his wonderful artistic skills of producing a decal dial. A question was born after reading that thread and was wondering if anyone knows the size and style of fonts used in any of the dials in submariner models????? Any specialists behind the printing trade or compositors, I would appreciate your feedback!! With THANKS!!!
  2. It is honey to my eyes!!!!! brings a new definition to the word "Art" technical masterpiece!!!!!!!
  3. Even with genuine eta movements, if you see one advertised as new without tags, I would think twice as some can also be recycled and serviced with new parts, but not necessarily virgin new!!! Make sure the seller gives you a return option, if you notice that something is not right when seen in the flesh. From time to time, you can see some on ebay sell for very attractive prices, but unless they are in their silver sealed package, I would always have my doubts unless I can visually see them.. Don't worry, you are not the only one that has been scammed all over, right up from the very top including here. I purchased a couple of pre-owned genuine eta movements that were meant to be freshly serviced, but when they reached me, they were dirty and dry with worn reverser wheels where one even had the winding stem falling out every time I pulled it to set the time.. This is a subtle case where education costs money!!!
  4. I am not defending the Nalgene bottles at all!! I also have my doubts as to whether they are another scam or can function without encroaching the design limitations - I couldn't say!!! The point I was trying to make is exactly like gasebah implied that nothing is 100 % safeproof. It may work today but fail tomorrow! When I reflect on those acrylic crystals that were once used on most divers watches, regardless of how well they were sealed, I often wondered how they could really do their job, when considering that plastic expands and contracts at a different rate to metal and worst still with how easy they were to break with little misalignment pressure. It is always safer to stick with the genuine old pressure testers in contrast to these new fads today
  5. I own both genuine and replica Rolex timepieces, so would that make me a partially genuine and partially fake person depending on what I wear? I have also owned a genuine 18k gold Patek which I often wondered if it was worth the premium I paid for it, apart from a few hundred dollars of gold invested into the case material The movement is nicely decorated etc etc. and so what!!! The case is so foil like with those very thin lugs and case walls that I was even afraid to touch it harder than I would be touching a crumbling cookie. Honestly, it didn't do anything for me!!! More something for a woman to wear at the races with a fancy mushrroom hat and other fancy jewellery I also had the pride and privilege to build my own super Sea dweller with parts sourced from various quality suppliers including a genuine dial, genuine Tissot eta 2836-2 which felt no different to a divers Longines or Steihart. In fact, I was going to get a sterile dial to have my family name decal on it and would have been a genuine quality brand watch unique only to me. It has been just about bullet proof enduring all sorts of punishment that I would never dare do to any of my genuine pieces through. I also have a genuine TAG Heuer WK 1112 with it's cheap quartz eta 955.112 with the TAG stamp on it, OOOHAAAAA!!!!!!!! which originally sold for over £900 with a module that can be replaced for approx £50. I feel like the same joke in "Whos on first base" from the Abbot and Costello riddle Moral to the story, you paid for it and enjoy it without letting small minds judge you!!! fake or real- it tells the time just the same!!!
  6. Let's not delude ourselves!!! The crystal on those vintage sea dwellers was acrylic which of course is plastic and when you put 200 metres of water pressure on it, you would expect it to hold that pressure. I have actually cracked some of those crystals in the old days when I dd not line them up properly while putting them on and it was with little force
  7. Thanks for that!! Yes, I meant - the date disk jumper spring! I understand that the video explains a great method for your factory normal date wheel, but, I could not see how I could do the same with a date wheel which has the DWO already glued onto the datewheel as it would be quite a gamble to access the disk jumper spring with the DWO already on. BTW, I have never seen a datewheel for sale with the DWO. already on it
  8. Don't want to hijack this thread. Are these date wheels available with the DWO already installed??? How would you replace it on the mvt with this set up as there is no room for you to screw under the keyless bridge cover????
  9. I have had the same problem with my genuine 16610 submariner. It would perform differently on different times that I would unscrew the crown to set the day of the month. I was having this exact discussion with rikki on the genuine rolex forum a few years ago. I am sure timelord said that he had his pressure tested at a professional watch outlet. I guess the moral of the story is that nothing is static, regardless of whether it is a gen or a rep, which is why the Swiss no longer use the term "water proof" & have replaced it with water resistant.
  10. The only problem he may experience is the shipping cost and if there is a minimum number that he may need to order. It might be cheaper and perhaps more feasible to buy a genuine crown and tube in the end. I purchased a good second hand genuine in great condition on ebay a couple of years ago for $US70
  11. Yours must have been the one that is modified to accept the substitute battery. I also have one older model that would not accept the modern silver oxide battery and I had one guy who was a specialist in fixing them do the modifications which costed at least 3 times more than the watch was worth. Only went along with the mods as it was a gift my late mother gave to my late father in the early sixties just before they got married!!!
  12. Problem is that most of them need a special type of battery known as he accucell, as those 1960's tuning fork mechanisms were designed for the 344 mercury cells that existed at the time. They ran on 1.33-0.35volts whereas the silver oxide batteries of today run on 1.5volt. Some run fast as a result of substitute batteries unless the movements are modified. There is usually the problem of double indexing. When replacing batteries make sure you don't lose the insulator under one of the battery terminal as you can kill the mechanism. Also the battery goes upside down compared to the mainstream modern quartz movements. The accucell battery is expensive and just a tad smaller as it has a circuit installed on it to accommodate for the movement. Being only 3/4 of the size you would not get the full term of the battery and need to change it sooner than he old mercury batteries. I had a dead 1968 NOS model which I then sold for parts in 2001 as I could not find a substitute quartz replacement due to the STM being at the number 4 position
  13. The case tube just popped out when I tried to unscrew the crown. There were signs of some epoxy used to hold it in as they must have made the hole in the case much bigger than any case tube in existence. Big enough to give birth to another watch.LOL!!! I did not contemplate on getting an oversized case tube made up as I was worried that when trying to rethread the wider than normal case opening , it would be very weak under the gasket seat where the case tube would screw into, especially that gold is soft. I the opted to get a quote from bob Ridley regarding laser welding a piece of gold and then re drilling a new hole to be threaded to accept a genuine case tube. Back in 2011 he gave me the impression that he did not seem too keen. He quoted me US $ 950 and there would be no guarantee of the same water resistance as the original which for me was cold comfort so I let it be. to answer the next part of your question, there is no way of telling without pulling the stem out and unscrewing it from the case which would be beyond anyone's measure of prudence. The risk one takes when buying second hand and even new you would find out something like this many years after the warranty has expired.
  14. Did you see these images on the seller's site??? It looks like the typical molestation of ignorant cherlatons that try to make a quick quid. The case tube is permanently secure as it seems to have been jammed in the case instead of being screwed in. You would be surprised as to how many professional accredited watchmakers are unaware that the rolex case tube is screwed into the case instead of your typical mainstream watch brands that have case tubes friction pressed - especially those that have never worked on a rolex. Believe it or not, I have met three of them that we're unaware of this!!!!!!! Some watchmakers also do it out of laziness to keep the cost down as they might have a press in tube that will fit the case and screw onto your crown and by the time you need it replaced it would be years later where you would not even remember who last botched it. Hopefully you can get a refund and in the worst case, I hope you did not pay too much for it, as I copped a far worse flogging than you did as I have a genuine 18k 1601 datejust that has the same problem and it is a very expensive fix,as it either needs a very big oversized case tube to be tailor made or the hole needs to be soldered in gold and then drilled to be re threaded - neither of which I am pleased with!!!! Picture 2. It appears that the tube has been torqued upwards and puckered the upper surface... its not a severe pucker but it's noticeable . The tube feels secure... would a watchmaker level this out? upload-2.jpg Yes for an astronomical cost!!!!!
  15. Bombe cases go back even before the 1960's. I had a gold rolex with these lugs from 1953. It was a common design omega also used. You will notice it on one of their speed master models