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rionrlty

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  1. Yes, I have seen this on the reps too. Some others have a much larger section from the inside bottom of the ceramic bezel. Not sure why. I've also noted the difference in profile you mention. This applies to the back cover too on some of the reps. Mainly it's how they try to compensate visually for the additional thickness both on the Rolex clone movement and on the A7750. This one has the A7750 and its impressive that they've managed to get the thickness down to 13.5mm. When I got in to the shop today, to my amazement a Gen Daytona had come in for service. It is an older one probably just after 2000 and is two tone yellow gold and SS. I didn't take a picture, but a precision caliper measured the gold bezel at 39.8mm, and it had been polished pretty heavily over the years. I've examined my latest watch again. It is still only 38mm at the bezel. It appears that the discrepancy is mostly, if not all, in the bezel. I would love your opinion on the subject. To me it appears to narrow in appearance. I'm including some photos I just took. The watch looks great otherwise. I'm wondering if I could find a replacement bezel replacement that would be larger. Yes, I have seen this on the reps too. Some others have a much larger section from the inside bottom of the ceramic bezel. Not sure why. I've also noted the difference in profile you mention. This applies to the back cover too on some of the reps. Mainly it's how they try to compensate visually for the additional thickness both on the Rolex clone movement and on the A7750. This one has the A7750 and its impressive that they've managed to get the thickness down to 13.5mm. When I got in to the shop today, to my amazement a Gen Daytona had come in for service. It is an older one probably just after 2000 and is two tone yellow gold and SS. I didn't take a picture, but a precision caliper measured the gold bezel at 39.8mm, and it had been polished pretty heavily over the years. I've examined my latest watch again. It is still only 38mm at the bezel. It appears that the discrepancy is mostly, if not all, in the bezel. I would love your opinion on the subject. To me it appears to narrow in appearance. I'm including some photos I just took. The watch looks great otherwise. I'm wondering if I could find a replacement bezel replacement that would be larger. I had a picture of the bezel profile, but it won't upload to the forum for some reason
  2. Hey Guys, Long time member here and trusted vendor (Rionrlty's Rarities in the services forum.) Our shop has worked on many of your watches and though I know plenty about a lot of watches, both reps and gens, by no stretch do I consider myself a Rolex expert. Although we work on Gens in our shop and have worked on many Rolex, I can only remember one Pre 2000 Daytona coming in, the one with the Zenith El Primero movement. I seem to recall that it measured a full 40mm diameter at the bezel. So, here is what I'm hoping one of you can help me with. 10 or 15 years ago I had one of the first Rolex Daytona reps with the A7750 movement. I had it for quite a long while and it gave me no trouble that I can recall, although it was a tad thick on the wrist. I measure all of my replicas and as I recall it was about 15.5mm thick and the bezel measured almost a perfect 40mm, just like Rolex states on there website. I eventually sold it on. Here is my Quandary. I've recently purchased a couple of the newer Daytona reps with the ceramic bezel. The first was an ARF factory issue and to my consternation the bezel diameter only measured out at a little less than 39mm. Eventually it bothered me so much that I sold it on. Recently I purchased a replacement from an independent dealer that I've grown to trust. The watch is beautiful with white dial and ceramic bezel. It is the A7750 version but still measures only 13.5mm thick, which I can live with. What I'm afraid that I won't be able to live with is the bezel diameter. It only measures to 38mm. I noticed that it seemed small when I unwrapped it. I've since measured it several times, with two different calipers just because I can't believe it's that small, but it is. Am I missing something? Did Rolex reduce the size? Do they perhaps make a smaller 38mm version of the watch? Can anyone tell me what's going on here?
  3. Hi folks, many of you know me well as I've been around for a long time and have also worked on many of your watches. I doubt that I can be of use to someone so far away, but just a few comments to add to those already offered. Andrew and Trusty Time are indeed easy people to deal with and as far as my own experience are straight shooters, at least by Chinese standards. We are located in Southern California and have been both collecting and working on replicas for nearly 20 years now. From my own experience I estimate that as much as 25% of replicas arrive either DOA or with serious problems. There may be many factors that cause this, dirt from unclean assembly, improper assembly, over or under oiling plus defective parts. As far as incorrect time-keeping results shown on the timegrapher in QC pictures there is a good explanation. The picture only shows the watch in one position, usually face up. Most timegraphers have an articulated mount that enables up to 6 positions for the watch. A watchmaker knows, that to properly regulate a watch, readings must be taken in at least 5 of these positions and adjustments made to average out the final result. Just because the timegrapher reads +-10 secs/day face up doesn't mean that it will perform to the same specs when worn by the owner. At best this is simply window dressing to convince novice buyers of something that is probably not accurate. For those of you a bit closer to the US we welcome all work on replica watches. You may contact me by PM here on the forum, or you can talk to or text me on my cellphone at 951-313-5119. Best Regards, Mike Rion
  4. Please call my cellphone at (edited by Nanuq) so we can coordinate. Our mall location has been closed to the public so we’ll have to meet elsewhere during the shut down. PLEASE GENTS USE THE PM SYSTEM. Google et al spider this site constantly.
  5. Long time member and trusted Vendor here. For quite a while now we have been offering Quality repair of replica watches and many RWG members are happy customers. We are located in Southern California and since all non-essential business here has been ordered to shut down due to the COVID-19 epidemic, our mall location has been closed to the public. This has deprived us of our retail and walk-in business, but our repair facility has been allowed to stay active otherwise. As about half of our total business is internet based, including replica repairs, our capacity has effectively doubled. This will have the effect of shortening lead times on repairs. In addition we are also offering significant discounts on most things. I can of course be contacted through our messaging system and usually reply withing 24 hours. Let us know if we can help. Regards, Mike Rion
  6. Hi Eric, we can handle those. We’be already done a few of them. regards, Mike
  7. Thanks for your kind counsel P. and the encouragement regarding he writing.
  8. Had the second installment (book) just about ready for publication when Patsy Passed away. I've been trying to get back to it, but just haven't been able to get in the right frame of mind. She was my most ardent fan and it's hard to get motivated without the encouragement she supplied. It's been eating at me though so I'll get back to it soon I hope.
  9. Hi fella's, I've been hanging around here for a few years now. I've been collecting both gens and reps now for about 30 years or more. I started getting into reps in the late 1990's and my collection right now is about 75% replica. Over the years I've taught myself to do a lot of the work required on my watches, but it has never been easy to find competent watchmakers to take care of the more involved repairs. About 8 months ago my wife passed away and I found it desirable to find something to occupy my time, and get my mind off of that. As a result I took a job with a watchmaker with whom I had a 20 year relationship. He works on both my gens and my reps, so he has about 20 years or so of hands on experience working on the replicas we all love. From personal experience I know that it is sometimes difficult to find someone reliable to work on them. I've had many watchmakers refuse outright and others to do it only reluctantly. And that's if you have a watchmaker in your area at all. At any rate we've decide to offer our services to members of the various forums. We are located in Southern California, USA, but will accept work from all over the world. Our prices are competitive, but best of all we speak replica fluently. To be clear we do not consider ourselves "modders" but prefer to do basic servicing and repair. If you are interested please contact me via personal message, at which point I will answer any questions or concerns you might have and supply personal contact info. Here is a link to our website http://hemet-majorjewelers.com/ Best Regards, Mike
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