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  1. mech500

    1975 Rolex 1665

    Very nice work as always. I still have the 1665 build you did for me and it gets compliments whenever I wear it
  2. Finished product turned out very well: All gen except Rolo case: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Audemars Piguet Diver 15710ST (White Dial)

    Wow! Those recessed screws!! [emoji7][emoji7][emoji7] Here’s an old pic of my Divers: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Audemars Piguet Diver 15710ST (White Dial)

    Looks beautiful. I personally find the white dial diver better than the black. Black dial actually looks dull IMO whereas the white just “pops” A x2AR crystal (profs) is mandatory on the black diver but on the white dial, the stock crystal is good enough. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Wow. Stunning work as usual. Hope this is my case [emoji5][emoji5]. Wait until you see the gen dial/hands/bezel/insert/1570/93150 etc that I have lined up for this baby Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Noob Seadweller 4000

    Just ask the dealer for the LATEST noob SD4k, SA3135. The latest version has some refinements over the initial batch of "V2s". I dont think they have officially released a v3 etc. But the latest version has all the refinements of say a noob sub v7 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Noob Seadweller 4000

    Most people agree that the latest a3135 model is a super-rep. (Ref. Not worth buying in gen thread on RWI) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    mrtoulouse

    Here are my comments for what they are worth: As far as I know, securing gen spec dial to ETA spec movements is basically always done using "gum" (dial dots). You can't call seller out for this point IMO. A reconditioned Asian ETA franken movement is hard to tell apart from Swiss ETA by novice watch builder like the seller. The price difference between a reconditioned Asian franken ETA vs Swiss is low ($75ish). Not a big deal. Scratched/aged case is deliberate ageing - as per sellers pics. I don't understand your complaint here? Movement should NOT be held in by glue. A machined spacer should be used as required. If you want gen spec crown position, you have to re-drill the tube higher up. I don't know how else you can close the existing tube hole (other than "liquid-metal"). I have seen method many times....not really an issue for me. Seller should have declared bezel "stuck" Hope you can work out a fair resolution with the seller mate Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    mrtoulouse

    Sorry to hear....just bear in mind that it is normal to use adhesive (dial dots) to secure gen spec dial to ETA spec movement. Also, I have seen a few modders use "liquid - Metal" (i.e. Glue) to raise the crown position to gen spec. Any watch-maker not familiar with the rep scene will be shocked [emoji15]. Can you send pictures of the watch-case that you say looks horrible? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. mech500

    Dealing with Phong

    Did he mention rough price to scan and manufacture a Rolex mid-case?
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    Dealing with Phong

    Exactly. Rolex cases are very simple and uncomplicated. No excuses for not getting them spot on. If the Chinese can nail the complex modern AP causes then there's no reason why anyone can't nail a simple vintage Rolex case.
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    My new AP 15450 with comps photos.

    Oh I see. Thanks man. Looks awesome
  13. mech500

    Dealing with Phong

    There should be no need for a v1, v2, v3 requirement when laser scanning and CNC'ing a Rolex mid-case. I can't think of a simpler object that I have had made in my line of work. Bezel ring and caseback is a tiny bit more complex to absolutely nail ......but there's no excuse for not getting the mid-case and CGs right with a CNC set-up. There's an initial tooling cost/investment ....but for $1500 a pop, there is no excuse for anything less than true 1:1. I think Phong's 16610 is true 1:1 but his vintage stuff is probably a rep of a rep of a rep that he "hand-finishes" using pictures (not actual side by side gen)
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    Dealing with Phong

    I know what you mean man. I've also tried MQ and yuki. Their cases also require rework (like phong) but yuki costs half the price of phong. MQ is typically $200-300 cheaper than phong (but his communication is all over the place). So one could potentially buy a cheaper yuki or MQ case and have the CGs/lugs reworked? Best bet is actually trying to convince phong that his CGs need thinning before shipment.
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    Dealing with Phong

    Shoot!! That's bad! Phong is seriously overrated. Don't know why everyone says that his cases are 1:1 gen spec?! No they ain't!! Have you seen the thick CGs and lugs on pretty much ALL his cases?!! I could post at least x5 pics of different phong 5512/5513/1665 cases where the CGs are chunky as f""k and yet everyone is saying that his [censored] is gen spec. It's practically impossible to get him to rework the cases before shipping as you get the standard "no, nothing wrong with it....it gen spec" Feels pretty painful to offload $1500 for a supposedly 1:1 case only to find out that you have to pay a modder another $200 to make the CGs look remotely genuine. Arghhhh.
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