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  1. Time will tell if this movement holds up. It may be OK if you stick to the directions, or it may be a “time bomb” like a few others. Being a noob, I wonder if a modified yuki 3135 would work? Only problem with this one is it’s so expensive (668.00) plus the cost of the modified movement results in a really expensive rep with no gen parts such as dial, bezel/insert, crystal. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks everyone. Matt has the watch and hopefully if anyone can sort out the crystal deal it would be him. Alan your builds are really, really nice. Nice probably being and understatement !! Nanug, if you remember years back I had an aqualung BP. That was sold to me by a watch shop here in the USA as a genuine. It had the thinner case like Alan’s Vietnam cases. Stupid me, I sold it mainly because most of the replicas had thicker cases and I thought the thinner case was incorrect. Boy was I wrong. . I never opened the back, but I would bet it had an AS movement. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. The only bright spot to this is since Swatch announced this several years ago, other manufacturers such as Sellita have somewhat filled the need. I’m seeing lots of small boutique watches in the 500-1500 dollar range with Seiko movements, so lack f ETA’s isn’t slowing them down at all.Remember economics abhors a vacuum. ETA has created this vacuum and others will fill it. The biggest problem as I see it will be the lack of parts rather than movements. It may end up forcing folks to replace a movement because parts aren’t available, however this is probably pretty far down the road. Matt, you have a good point, my how times have changed! If I had a crystal ball back in the 70’s, my safe would be stuffed with DRSD’s, Daytona’s and 1680 Red subs. All of which could be purchased at less than 500.00 each back then. Alas,I didn’t. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. I have a DSN LIP BP fifty fathoms. OK watch, however it’s what it is! Alan has built several amazing vintage BP’s using Vietnam cases and other more accurate components, however as he stated earlier, finding parts is getting harder and harder. I’m running into the same problem with my DSN. Crystal cracked, no longer water resistant. I’m finding it difficult to locate a replacement crystal, as DSN doesn’t have any spares to sell. Wondering if any folks out there have any ideas as to where I can find a replacement? Hopefully someone makes an acrylic that is a little better quality than the ones that came on the DSN FF. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. These are great!! I have a DSN LIP Blancpain that I like. I know it’s pretty far off from the gen but really, how many folks have seen a gen in the flesh? I believe Bill Yao’s MKII cases were dimensionally pretty close to the original, as he purchased the rights and all the paperwork from the owner of the Tornak-Rayville name. However the watches are as scarce as hens teeth and sell almost immediately when they show up for sale. I would be interested in a group project if it is feasible. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Guys, if you are posting, and you get an error message in a pop up box in the middle of your screen, before you repost and repost and repost, each time getting the same error message, go to the forum and check to see if your post actually got posted. This just happened to me. I posted a WTB on the straps bracelet forum. Got the error message, reposted, got the error message, reposted. Did this 5 times. I then gave up and went to the forum, sure enough there were5 identical posts by me!! Luckily, I can moderate and delete the redundant posts, but most can’t so it falls to the mods to clean up the extra posts. Also, I believe that this is a Tapatalk problem, as I saw a couple of multiple posts in one of the Rolex Forum sales forums. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Also wondering how 508 is doing. Hope that you are on the mend sir. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. I’m very much old school, so to me the faded insert that’s on the watch is by far the best. If this were a new watch, or one freshly back from a RSC with a new shiny service dial, new crystal and a polished case, I could see a new insert, but that’s not what you have here. A beautiful old watch that has aged gracefully. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Just saw some photos of the new LE Top Gun case is tan ceramic. Maybe a bit too big for me at almost 44mm, but what a nice looking watch. If you are at all in to militaria this would be a great watch if the rep manufacturers get around to repping it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. I have used him as well, never a problem. I would suspect as others have said, Chinese New Year brings a halt to everything.
  11. SMP lover all the way !! Fantastic quality and a really nice guy to work with.
  12. Biggest problem will be finding parts for the a25j. Watchmakers who work on mostly gen watches probably rarely encounter this movement. watchmakers who work on lots of reps very well might have some old 25j movement laying around that they can get the correct gear from. Another alternative is to just drop in a new 25j or a 2824 movement. they are pretty inexpensive and the watchmaker can test it beforehand to insure that it's running OK. I will echo what legend said about shipping back. Your broken watch has to clear China customs and the replacement has to clear your countries customs coming back. Watches returned for repair can get lost in the shuffle and disappear. I would send back only as a extreme last resort.
  13. I agree that would certainly simplify things for folks in search of a watch, part, strap, etc. It's always a downer to read through a sales thread featuring a watch that you really are interested in only to read down and see EU only or CONUS only.
  14. @cfpecks, If you are a member of the vintage watch forum, you need to post this on that forum as well. As long as this little ass hole is not called out for what he is, a common thief, he is going to continue to steal folks money and watches. And a bit of advice to you from a very old and experienced watch collector, “if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true”. Any experienced watch person will tell you that no “real” watch smith is going to work on 5 watches for 165.00 USD, unless it’s something extremely simple like adjusting or changing bands, or possibly pressure tests, etc. certainly not anything that requires opening the watch and parts. I feel for your plight. That little thief took me for over a thousand dollars worth of watches and parts. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. That’s a right nice build!! You identified and partially rectified the biggest tell with 1675/16750 rep watch builds. That is of course the crown opening. The only way to make this build look like a gen is to do what you did and laser weld the crown guards, add some meat inside and then reshape. Most folks either use a 7mm crown or stick a 5.3 mm crown on and the spaces between the crown and the CG’s are huge, and and instant tell from 10 paces!! I may be more aware as I have a gen 16750 and the 5.3mm crown and the CG’s are proportional. Here is my gen 16750 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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