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  1. Just got thus one. And this one coming back from a crystal replacement and age appropriate aging Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I just got this really nice PAM 382 from a great fellow member astonjenks. This one had a movement overhaul with the addition of an ETA mainspring. As you can see from the photos the watch had a lot of patina, with a fair amount of bluish buildup. Nothing wrong with that, I just wanted to bring it back a bit and let it re-patinize in my climate. I did a lot of reading about patina reversal, including the use of acetone, which in my estimation is very dangerous. The fumes are toxic, acetone is very, very flammable and it removes all paint!!Safer methods are readily available. This includes catsup, vinegar( which is a component of catsup) clear soda, baking soda and finally lemon juice. I chose lemon juice ( freshly squeezed from my backyard lemon tree) I read and article on a gen forum about using lemon juice, which recommended submerging the watch in lemon juice for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, take it out, rinse it off and if desired polish it with something like Cape Cod cloth. This according to the above mentioned website. I would not recommend using a Cape Cod on a PAM Bronzo, as the watch new is not polished, but matte finished. I don’t want mine to look like a shiny rose gold dress watch. As you can see from the photos, this method doesn’t restore the watch to a “ brand new, fresh out the box” look, but more like an early stage patina. Here are the photos, before and after. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk The “after” photo is somewhat misleading. It looks very pink however this is lighting, not actual color. Better photo. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. 382 on Canvas Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Well I got one! One of my fellow mods had one he was willing to part with. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Pam 382 Bronzo. Coming across the pond from the UK. Serviced movement, ETA mainspring, waterproofed. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Just wondering, I’m searching for a 382. Trying to find one M2M but thus far to no avail.so should I fail in my search and decide to buy new, what are my options ? I have read that the VS factory ver 2 is no longer produced. Is a version 3 out? Thanks for any info and help with my quest. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Also wondering how 508 is doing. Hope that you are on the mend sir. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. 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
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