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  1. I wore this watch everyday about a month after receiving it before I decided to write a review to make sure that everything was in working order and will be able to work in the long run. I placed an order for the Ultimate Planet Ocean 42mm with the Swiss 2824 movement from Andrew at Trusty Time back in late December and received it before Christmas (Most recent link is here). I loved my gen Midsized Omega Seamaster Professional, but the size of the watch (at 36mm case diameter) started to bother me, as I wanted a watch that was more substantial in weight and presence on the wrist. However, the one I got from Andrew had problems from the beginning with the crown and tube not screwing down (one turn or less to release) and the movement not working correctly (eventually stopped working all together). When it completely stopped working, I emailed Andrew and explained to him my situation and agreed to have it repaired and I shipped my watch back to him on December 27. It was a few weeks into the mailing process that I realized that it takes a long turnaround time thanks to the mailing system in China after it leaves the US (explained in this post here). Eventually, after a bunch of emails throughout the months I get an email from Andrew with a picture of the repaired watch on a movement tester and a picture of the watch with the EMS label with my adress on it, it was shipped on April 20 and was delivered to my home on the 27. In the return box, I received my repaired/replaced watch, a dial (Replaced? I'm not sure), and a frame of the ETA movement. My impressions of the repaired UPO is that it is leaps and bounds better than the one originally sent to me in December. The movement winds well and can be wound by the wrist movements (unlike the one I got originally); additionally the crown/tube is much improved, it takes a good 4~5ish turns to completely unscrew it to the first position (for winding) and screwing it down (bonus is that the feet of the logo sits almost parallel to the wrist when screwed down or point down into the wrist for clarification). The materials of the bracelet, case, and crystal are very good and is almost feels gen (as I own a Seamaster Professional as a rough reference for comparison, as they are two different watches in the Seamaster lineup). The deployment clasp is good, whether or not the engravings is correct is ignorance on my part and the diver's extension works but is fussy when you want to close it back up. The only real aesthetic inaccuracies that someone can really call me out on are the bezel pearl (which isn't centered in the triangle) and that the raised Omega logo sits a tad too low above the Omega lettering on the dial (which is a bit less noticeable). The AR (anti-reflective) coating is present and often appears blue, but in certain lighting conditions will show the correct purple color; additionally the AR coating is easily prone to scratches when the crystal brushes up with solid objects (the repaired watch I got back had a few hard to notice scratches if you looked at them at an angle and a L shaped scratch on the bezel; I'm not too worried about those as it adds character to the watch and I'm more than glad that it works). The ETA 2824 movement is actually what Omega uses as the base movement of their 2500 caliber movements for the gen version of this watch (in which they modify this movement with George Daniels Co-Axial escapement); however, the Co-Axial escapement results in an irregular 7 beats per second as opposed to 8 on most automatically wound watches (like older Omegas and most modern Rolexes). This ETA 2824 movement doesn't suffer that lower beat rate (as this movement more than likely does not have the Co-Axial escapement installed) and has a nice smooth sweep and is rather robust which should handle a good amount of time without service; also, this particular movement keeps time really well, my aged gen Seamaster Professional keeps the time well as I wear it everyday and was serviced a few years back by Omega). The lume is were it shows a bit of weakness, it's not as bright as my gen when charged under the same light source for the same amount of time; the weak lume is the most apparent on the hands of the watch as they are dimly when charged under a light source. However, fluorescent light seems to charge it well as well as natural light, LED light doesn't like to mesh with the lume from what I observed when I used my phone's LED camera flash (in flashlight mode) to charge the lume. This watch fooled my uncle who loves Omegas and was shocked when I told him that it cost only $300 and change and that it was a rep. Needless to say he was rather impressed and wanted one for himself. To conclude this review, besides the small aesthetic inaccuracies and the lume, it is a rep that is definitely worth owning that is really close to the gen in many ways; as well as to commend Andrew for his patience and service for my watch during the repair process. Definitely let him know if there is something bothering you during the QC pic phase all the way to when something happens to it. My plan for my next rep is that I want is a Rolex Submariner in either the non-ceramic (like the D or Z serials without holes in the case and without the rehaut engravings) or the ceramic version (as long as it's accurate). I got a cheap Canal Street sub rep in New York as a souvenir but I want to have something like my UPO or gen that I can rock daily. I really wished I could of gotten the BK TW sub before he sold out, but I am looking at the TC sub and a ceramic sub from Andrew (since searching the forums didn't yield much on the Ultimate sub from TT, ROLSUB0017). That's my plan and my review, thank you for reading.
  2. I'm wondering if anyone has ever had to send their rep back to their seller for repairs and how long it took for a turn-around. My UPO V5 42mm had suffered from the crown/tube issue and on top of that it stopped working. Upon closer inspection (removing the case back) the movement was missing a screw that held it to the case and caused something to snap in the movement that caused it to stop. So I emailed Andrew of Trusty Time and he was kind enough to take the watch back and repair it, that was 12/26/12 and no updates (besides being processed through a sorting facility in China on 1/5/13) to the tracking number that USPS gave me to track. I understand that February is a no good time for any package to be stuck in transit (because of Chinese New Year and additional holidays) but it's been almost 3 months. Any suggestions on what I should do? I've sent emails back and forth for a while and I just sent an email before making this post for any updates. Thank you.
  3. Hello everyone!! My name is Neo, i'm 27 and living under the california sunshine. anyways, here my story begins. ordered a UPO 45.5 along with a prohunter sub (pvd) from Andrew about 3 weeks ago, *note for both me and my friend, this is our very first high quality rep watch. the waiting was painful, but andrew's close communication soothes us everytime when we were inpatient. finally, yesterday 3/20, we received this little package from USPS. carefully opened it up, my beatiful UPO 45.5mm and my friend's PVD prohunter sub is sitting inside nicely. after the inspection, the watch has very little to none flaw on it, and i was extreamly happy about it. we set the time around 1pm in the afternoon and we were wore it the whole afternoon even the bracelet were way big and needed to be adjusted. anyways, on my way home around 7:00pm, i looked at my watch, and it was showing 7:30 ????!!!!! so i went home and use my iphone's timer to test it, it gains at least 5 second per minute, i tried the method couple times and it all only took the watch to finish a whole round in about 55.9-56.5 seconds. in the QC photo it shows it should gain 3 seconds/day on the machine, but now is like this??? Is this normal? i understand that automatic movements are not as accurate as quatz, but off 5-6 minutes per hour wouldn't make any sense right? plus the watch is brand new. from Andrew too!! i thought it would be at least good quality since is swiss ETA. any thoughts? opinions? suggestions? Please help me out everybody. here is a photo of the lume, took by iphone4
  4. Since the new ceramic version of the PO is out, is there anyone who wants to sell their older version. Looking for 45 pumpkin no happy feet. CONUS preferred. Thanks
  5. hi there, hows everybody doing?! i've been reading a few threads on this forum over the past few months and found them super informative and friendly-so i've signed up and thought id say hey. im james and i've collected watches for many years-both rep and gen.i'll upload some pics of all my collection over the next few days and hopfully will get some nice comments and get to know some people. i have a big love of all things omega, so below is one of my faves-it started life as a standard upo 45.5mm...a good few hundred quid later its now my super franken and i love it! it has: gen dial gen hands gen bezel the gen dial and hands made a MASSIVE difference, the lume is like nothing else i've seen! the bezel too just screams qaulity-the insert is one piece with the ring and not wanting to impose possible damage i went with the complete assembly glued in place-looks over function i guess! all the work i did myself, fiddly but a proud feeling once complete-if your gonna try yourself watch out for finger prints on the dial and hands! i had to do the work twice-second time with gloves! im now awaiting a gen rubber strap, black with orange stitching and deployment clasp, gen tube and crown and caseback-but will have to wait til after christmas for those... the bracelet it came on was ok-ish but just was'nt upto standard, so i mounted it on a 22mm mesh with "seat belt" omega style buckle-not to everybodies taste but i think it looks pretty damn fine! wears incredibly comfortable too. anyway onto the pics! hope you like...
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