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    eBay 1680 dials?

    I'm not overly impressed with the texture on this one. Understandably it looks a little too freshly finished. But as I don't have any experience altering the dial appearance I'll leave well alone. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    New Vintage Superfranken Datejust

    Very classy build, and I dare say worth the time and patience you source all the required parts... Is that gen movement left on the list though ;-) Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    eBay 1680 dials?

    A 5513 dial from the other seller Richview8i8... you be the judge! My experience was that I didn't receive the dial photographed for the listing. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    Is more expensive always better?

    The more expensive one does have a more accurate representation of the authentic movement, and I would say it might be a better watch overall. However if as you say the less than 100% working chrono is not an issue you may be quite happy with the lower cost rep. Take a look at the available QC pics and see if anybody who owns one chips in. Both look nice so enjoy whichever you decide on... and don't forget to post lots of pics[emoji106][emoji991] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    A Little 5514 Abay Fettling...

    Hey folks... I was fortunate in picking up the relatively untouched Abay 5514 in the raffle a few months back. Ive worn it occasionally round the office as the timekeeping has been spot on, and I hadn't really decided what to do with it. A few things niggled enough not to wear... 1. Spring bars looked buggered and even with the drilled lugs I couldn't seem to remove the bracelet without further tools. 2. The insert is looking so new and shiny... 3. When looking at the watch I could see that whatever cement had been used to fit the plexiglass you could see that around the edge - it just looked like too much cement used. 4. The bezel didn't turn... So today I had a few hours and decided to strip, clean case, refit plexiglass and fettle so that bezel was fitted and worked. The following pictures tell the story but I'll add a few words along the way. I hope you find it interesting / amusing to see this "carzy" 5514 stripped bare. "The Midcase" You know... it may not have correct crown tube height etc but it ain't a bad case... has some ok bevels on the lugs and the drilled holes are not badly positioned. I just softened edges and "dulled" it all over if that makes sense!? The engravings... I'm no expert so no idea if they are correct (ish) but at least no spelling errors... And the Escape Valve... Its one detail that sets this apart from the sub models of the day... "Plexiglass" I've never fitted one like this but I was right in thinking it had been shown a little too much cement when fitted (no offence to whoever did it... It wasn't falling out that's for sure!). Cleaned and refitted... with a little less cement. "Bezel Ring" with the plexiglass refitted I stripped the bezel ring, cleaned and adjusted wire before fitting... also dulled the shininess a little. "Movement / Dial" at this point I'm not in mind to spend too much on a new / better dial so just recased the Swiss ETA movement that is running strong and accurate without any adjustment. Now all that leaves is a few pictures of the 5514 Abay complete.with it's slightly bleached (dulled) insert, working bezel and better (I hope) plexiglass fitting. Not a bad couple of hours watch fettling... By the way I like the prototype clasp and bracelet on this... something a.little different. Would you do more to this? Or just enjoy it as a little fun oddity?? Cheers... "Woz"
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    A Little 5514 Abay Fettling...

    Update... so nothing really surprising to report. As you stated@Automatico the dial opening was pretty much bang on 26mm (and original dial 26.5mm) when I put the Digi calliper on them. As dial was in flight I decided to wait and see... but unsurprisingly the dial is pretty much 25.9something :-( so it is not going to work for this project. Just for completeness the pics if dial that arrived from the eBay seller are below. I'm not really qualified to comment on quality but it might help others to make a choice at some point. This was a $160 5513 feet first dial from ebay seller richview8i8 (hope that matches any searches here) It isn't the dial pictured on the listing and guess what it doesn't look anywhere near as good - to my eye at least. Having put that one down to experience I now need some help please. If I'm to carry on with this project and try to create a decent mid budget 5514 pre-Comex with the dial opening of 26mm what are my best option s for dial!? Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    Properly fitting a gasket for 5513 Cartel Case?

    A wealth of sage advice and information here as usual [thanks] and could I ask one question about case back gasket too... I imagine that the groove [apologies if my terms are incorrect] that the gasket sits in dictates the correct gasket shape unless you are replacing gen with omega spec. So if the groove is cut square would a flat/square gasket work best... and same for a rounded groove?? Or does it not matter so long as it creates the right seal?
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    My Fantasy Rolex Semi Bubbleback Project

    Wow... call the hosting company we need more storage for all those pics [emoji23] [emoji106] But all jokes aside could you post a picture, just one will do ;-] of the style of watch you are referring to. I think that would help me to share your vision for this project. I’m sure some of the more technically gifted will be able to point you to suppliers that may have a caseback to fit. My lack of knowledge as to weather the threads are industry standard or not means I could lead you down the garden path to disappointment 🤬 In any case good luck with it brother. Keep posting updates as you go.
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    International Talk Like a Pirate Day Today

    Swashbuckle cheer... ahharrrrr ☠️[emoji305][emoji572]️
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    Forum Announcement - Mike On A Bike

    Congratulations on the promotion Mike 🤝[emoji23] really well deserved, and of course thanks to all who give up there time to keep this wagon rolling [emoji106] it’s appreciated.
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    Clone 3135 movement

    And I quote... "I would like to replace with a 3135 movement[emoji106]" This is all [emoji85][emoji897] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    A Little 5514 Abay Fettling...

    Again... thank you@automatico I really enjoyed reading again the sticky and understand a little more the challenges working with these cases. I am sticking with an ETA movement so there are going to be dial fitment compromises... feet etc... these are at least made less complicated by the non date spec. But the dial opening is a worry now... I will be uncasing the movement and dial again this week and will be measuring everything in anticipation. I recall an inexpensive build a couple of years back where I encountered the same dial and opening issue and overcame it somehow... If only my memory or notes were better! Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    A Little 5514 Abay Fettling...

    Just updating this thread as I decided to go down the road towards a 'better' and less conspicuous pre-comex 5514 build. I'm not intending to go down the path of gen parts - even if they were available. Just trying to lift the overall quality of the rep case and parts to what would pass (to regular folks) on the wrist as a nice looking submariner and to more knowledgeable folks as a decent rep 5514 :-) So far I have been evaluating all the dial options and on basis of cost v quality I have decided to go with a refinished feet first dial off the bay (on Singer plate?! maybe). Also going to try a WSO bezel assembly and see if it is more faithful representation. A Clark Tropic plexi is waiting to try if needed. Sterile case back also. Whilst waiting for parts I decided to work on the bracelet and drilled lugs on the case... opening them up to gen spec successfully. I already had some Gen Spec bars waiting to snap in - thanks[mention=73322]sogeha[/mention] for those super nice Swiss ones [emoji1786] Oh... I need to get brave and tackle the CGs... I've been eyeballing as many 5514 photographs to appreciate the shape. Just trying to learn as much as I can before removing any steel! @Autimatico thanks again your knowledge regarding this 5514 case has been invaluable [emoji572][emoji16][emoji106]
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    Hi form USA

    Nice intro dude... have fun... plenty to read and learn around here. You found the best house on the block[emoji106]
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    Clone 3135 movement

    You aren’t really listening to some solid advice here dude... the movement looks like a Guangzhou DG movement of no real quality and as Sogeha said there is little to no chance of getting a 3135 to drop in. Even if you did the dial will not fit without modification, the date window may not align with the date wheel. Keep it as is and wear it... and buy a complete new high end rep from one of the Trusted Dealers.
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    Show the PAM combo you choose today

    X-Flotiglia kind of day in the garden [emoji218] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  17. This is easy... Panerai[emoji572] The reason... simple... the reps are so damned good why bother, and plus... Have you seen the size of the boxes they come in!!! Would have to buy a bigger house for them [emoji23] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    Wristies - thread consolidation?

    [emoji91][emoji572][emoji91] [emoji41] [emoji91][emoji572][emoji91] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    Rolex Wristies thread

    [emoji88] you clearly aren’t enjoying that LV... just let me know when it needs some love [emoji6] But genuinely... it looks pretty cool like that J Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Still!!! 🤣
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    Original or modified.

    I like your mod in any case... I wish I could pick up the same rep and mod the hands for swords and insert... to something... I don’t know... different [emoji106] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Thank you for sharing... there are life lessons in that for us all [emoji120]. Really glad the gesture if support gave you a lift, and more than this that you have the opportunity with the new gig. Good Luck brother [emoji109] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    Show the PAM combo you choose today

    GMT on Gunny Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    I'm new here.

    You are in good company... all here are lost souls to wristwatchism [emoji106] welcome... Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    Show the PAM combo you choose today

    Noob 127 today... on Strap works 1950 [emoji108] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
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    Pulled the trigger on a SARX

    Love the 58 [emoji7] that has to be my favourite of the modern Tudor... I would love to try a Sinn... but the UX - and may get a loan on one in a few weeks [emoji41] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk