Hi OP and firstly, welcome to RWG. Also, please don't get discouraged by the lack of response. Things move slower on the boards these days, perhaps due to the festive season. In my experience, someone will eventually reply, so be patient and don't be disheartened. 1. For the start to finish process, I think that it will differ from dealer to dealer, and that members in general will simply purchase the watch they like, as opposed to taking the time to detail meticulously the start to finish process. Your experience may not apply to theirs and vice versa. Each process with each member and dealer will differ. This is not a habit which I have seen in my hobby, in my last 8 years here. I doubt that it will become a trend or habit. Your post and the information provided are both well appreciated and I think that future members will find it useful. Thank you for your time and effort. Just FYI, the dealers in the hobby are trusted because members have had positive experiences dealing with them over a prolonged period. Therefore, members feel secure dealing with the known dealers listed on the site. 2. For the rep itself, it is flawed in several aspects as you already know. I own 2x 5711 gens, the blue and white dial, and have compared all the different rep models against them several times. The datewheel font is the first thing which screams at you, but I understand that someone has created a datewheel to fix that. The thickness of the rep needs to be improved too, and the miyota movement looks and sounds cheap. But price wise, it is a whole lot more friendly than the gen of course. [emoji6] 3. Please continue to post and integrate yourself into the community. We do not need to do things "the same old way" all the time. Refreshing changes are always welcome as long as they are not disruptive, malicious or offensive to the community here. Stay and grow, read and learn. You will understand what this hobby, and us are about before long. Once again, thank you and a warm welcome! To a watch modder, the markers can be realigned, excess lume can be cleaned off, the watch case can be thinned, and the rotor bearing sound, if necessary, can be silenced. VS the gen thickness of 8.3mm.