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  1. Does anyone know what the best microfiber cloth is for acrylic watch crystals? I once got a watchmaker to say they use a "special one that they wash and dry without fabric softener". But I couldn't get them to say what brand. I'm still striving to find a way to make an acrylic crystal sparkling clean. I'm guessing there are multiple premium microfiber cloths that are OK to use. I see one on Esslinger.com that is probably fine but does anyone have experience getting an acrylic crystal absolutely shiny clean? Thanks,
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    Properly fitting a gasket for 5513 Cartel Case?

    LOL, I think it's great. Good info all around, gents!
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    Properly fitting a gasket for 5513 Cartel Case?

    Hi there. Great information. Actually, I did have to use a lathe to completely remove the front of midcase caseneck where the crystal fits over because it was too small. I'm in the painstaking process of creating a new 'caseneck' and then will have to solder it on or have it laser welded. As for the back of the case, I'll just try fit a good gasket. But I like your idea of JB Weld. For me, I'd rather make repairs with stainless steel as I have a lot of torch and solder equipment as well as skills from making jewelry. Thanks for the JB weld idea but I don't know how it would hold up in saltwater, chlorine, and humidity over time but it does sound very tough. 900 PSI tensile strength and it has steel in the epoxy. In my experience, very few epoxies can hold up to Florida conditions at the beach which is where I'm at 20% of every day.
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    Properly fitting a gasket for 5513 Cartel Case?

    Great information, Timelord. Thanks for sharing. At this point, I'm going with the 1mm thick cross section and will try those 2 or 3 different inner diameters. I will just use silicone grease for watches and then simply use my water/pressure testing device to test for leaks up to 6 or 8 bar. thanks for sharing how you did yours.
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    Properly fitting a gasket for 5513 Cartel Case?

    update: It seems the thickest gaskets you see for sale are 1mm. The groove appears to be 1.2mm but a 1 mm gasket should work because it will "fill" it up as it compresses. It seems the best place to order precise gaskets and choices is Esslinger.com They have a 32.5mm inside diamter gasket 1mm thick and a 32.75mm gasket at 1mm thick. I might even order the 33mm gasket as well and then I will just try all three. Overall the main problem is just the flimsy .60mm thick gaskets they ship with the Cartel case. Those don't work, you probably need at least .90 to 1mm thick. While we are on the subject, does anyone know if the cartel casebacks use the same exact threading as an original 5513? In other words, will original or aftermarket 5513 casebacks screw onto the cartel midcase? Has anyone found 1.1 or 1.2mm thick gaskets for sale?
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    Properly fitting a gasket for 5513 Cartel Case?

    Excellent question because I just saw this rectangular shaped gasket on a website. But I don't think anyone uses those anymore. It looks like I have my answer (in a way) from the majority of current photos of casebacks. For the majority of photos, it looks like people use fairly thick round gaskets that fill the entire groove up. They are round and got to be at least 1mm thick based on these photos. .80 is too small from what I'm seeing.
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    Properly fitting a gasket for 5513 Cartel Case?

    True, but good luck. I'm not confident the case back has the same groove dimensions that a genuine 5513 caseback does. It's possible, since they did make the case neck 28.2mm, but I think they only did that so the dial is the same diameter as original. They probably didn't care what the exact gasket groove size or placement was. I will be extremely surprised if its' the same.
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    Properly fitting a gasket for 5513 Cartel Case?

    What you are saying makes sense, thank you! It appears I need to try a 33 mm because you are right that the 32 wants to crawl away. What i might do is order slightly different thicknesses of 33mm. Anyone know the cartel cases very well and know which gasket they like best? Of course, there could be variations on these so who knows.
  9. Hello everyone. The simplest build steps for projects seem to always be the most difficult for me, LOL. (Like how to get a perfectly clean acrylic crystal when assembling). Now it's finding/fitting a proper fitting gasket. I'm building a 5513 with a RoloJack shaped newer Cartel 5513 case. Does anyone know what size gasket fits best in the groove of these casebacks so that it stays in the groove? I have a nicely working waterproofing/pressure tester that goes to 8 Bar so I'm wanting to seal this case up decently. The inside diameter for where I think the gasket should go is around 33mm. I'm guessing the thickness of the gasket should be between .80 and 1mm? Generally speaking, I think some people would order an inside diameter that is 1 mm smaller than the inside diameter to stretch the gasket into the groove. However, this is not really a good strategy here because there is a small "step-up" that a tight gasket would hit and then not be in the lower groove. I found a .80 thick gasket that is supposed to be 32mm and it almost works but not quite. Would a thicker gasket, like 1mm thick, hold it's shape better to stay in the groove? I'm thinking the thinner gaskets just go all over the place and don't stay in the groove. I'm thinking the gasket has to stay in the groove until you start threading the case down. Thanks for any advice.
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    What brand makes this 5513 crystal?

    Update. The seller says they are custom made for him so you guys were right. He's nice and I love the crystal so I will just buy several from him and hope to not need others for a long time.
  11. I just found out they make clone 2892 movements from looking at Ebay today. When the hell did they start doing that? I get how they had a demand for 2836 and 2824 movements but is there really a demand for 2892 movements? Is there anyone else frustrated they don't clone a 1530 or 1560 movements, etc? Didn't the patent expire just as easily on the old 15XX movements just as much as the patents would have expired on 2892? Are they gonna seriously end up cloning every single ETA movement ever made before cloning any 15xx movements?
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    vietnam dial for ETA?

    Yeah I make jewelry and I don't know even know how you could really solder on dial feet onto an already printed/painted dial. There is a super low temperature solder called "Tix" that we use in jewelry for when we want to use low temperature but even that requires some heat that I would think would burn up the paint/print on a dial. Who as ever soldered feet onto a printed/painted dial?
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    Best Vintage Builder

    As soon as we figure out how to 3d print clone cases then we will all be building great watches. The "magic" is the few people who have the patience and access to original cases in order to shape them correctly. As soon as we can buy cloned cases that are mass produced and not hand shaped, we will only have to have access to good dial makers.
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    What brand makes this 5513 crystal?

    That is very close but I believe slightly different. Thanks for posting though as it's definitely a decent option. I guess I could go with these and then at least know the brand and item number for the future.
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    What brand makes this 5513 crystal?

    Good point. They are only 15 bucks with free shipping so I can I can buy 2 or 3 extras and store them. If they are custom, i wonder how he sells them for 15 bucks here in the states. If he didn't say they are swiss, I would guess they are from HK or something, only because I know they make a lot over there. GS makes nothing this flat, right? On Otto Frei they don't show generic or GS that are this flat. Are there more than one German brand?
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