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Mendota Explorer

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Mendota Explorer last won the day on April 19 2015

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  1. Who is the seller for your 16mm buckle? Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  2. Where did you find the 16mm buckle? It looks like a good one. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  3. Very nice! Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  4. Beautiful! Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  5. Beautiful. Simply stunning. I say this every time, but your watch box contains every single vintage grail of mine. Every one. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  6. Wow. Wow! Even the so called gurus and the top experts are engaging in shenanigans related to this vintage watch tulip bubble. Unbelievable. This guy thought it was on the up and up and he was buying from a world renowned expert. I would have had faith in Dowling, too. My guess is Dowling never in a million years thought this buyer would even look into it, or if he did he would just keep coming back to Dowling since he is/was so world renowned. Dowling probably mistakenly thought/assumed that he would have a lifetime relationship with this wealthy buyer and would have carte blanche to scam him whenever and however he deemed appropriate. A little here, a lot there, take the pieces back on "trade" and keep the cycle going. Like Bernie Madoff. Even Madoff started out completely legit. He just succumbed to his own greed and the ease with which he could take advantage of clueless millionaires. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  7. Love it. I could look at these all day, or apparently all night where you are! Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  8. That looks fantastic. The dial on the Cameron d-blue really pops with the multi color. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  9. Nice! He did a great job with it. Do you feel like he did case work to bring it into more gen proportions, besides the brushing and polishing, and adding new bevels? That's one thing I have been wondering about - does or can his process take the place of having to grind and shave case dimensions ourselves? Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  10. Am I reading this right? He's asking $75k for a franken he built? Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  11. Just like restoring a vintage automobile, keep a log book with all of the details, receipts, dates, notes, etc. related to the watch and build history. Make sure your better half knows where it is. In my case, my kiddos will get anything I buy or build and if it is gen, there will be documentation, and if it is franken there will be documentation, as well. The same advice holds true for any kind of collectible. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  12. What are the build specs on this gorgeous piece? Dial, hands, insert, pearl? This looks fantastic and is exactly what I would like to build. I was hoping to practice on the 2813 parts but I might have to go with the ETA version if the 2813s are all still coming glued. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  13. Just be aware that the WSO are not necessarily "plug and play" and you may need to work them a bit to get them to line up with your lugholes if using gen spec 2mm bars. I tried 2 different sets with my Puretime red 1680 and neither set allowed the tips of the bars to align with the lugholes. Others have had similar issues, so you may need to open or close the clamshell, or shave some metal off the leading edge that touches the case between the lugs. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  14. That's good to read. It sounds like the problem is with the 2813 versions. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  15. Yes, that's the one. A member over on RWI has purchased several recently and all of them have come with the seconds hand glued to the movement, as if they ran out of the correct size hands and just started gluing another on there. He said it is beyond ridiculous and incredibly frustrating because that means if you plan to keep it all stock, any dial or hands work has to take place assembled. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk