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Cayman35

5500 Explorer dial

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Just finished my 5500 (1965, gen) with Explorer dial. Got the dial from Yukiwatch in white lume and used Iodine to give the markers and hands some color after which I baked the dial. Finished it with a light matte varnish spray. Wasted one dial under the grill (paint started pealing off), part of the learning curve I guess. Far from perfect but will do for now.

Cheers

 

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Looks good! Here is my gen 5500 with Yuki dial nad eBay hands:

 

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Great looking watch and looking good on the leather strap! Your dial indexes have more texture to them (look more raised) which I like a lot. Gets closer to the all original Tudor 7928 which I added to my collection last year.

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Yep. Nothing like vintage Rolexes! I have 3 5500 Air Kings, the 5500 Explorer and a 1500 Date. I have a love for the 34mm cases. I hear people always say they are too small for thier wrists, but my wrist is 8 1/2 inches and I think the 34mm cases look just fine!

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"Just finished my 5500 (1965, gen) with Explorer dial."

Looks good! I made one out of a ref 1002 (1-64, cal 1560), Yuki dial, ST hands.  Hardest thing to find was a crystal with rounded top edge.  Used a bezel from a JMB tooter case, exact fit.

 

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I love those 5500 Explorer.

Mine is made of a mid 60's gen 1002, ETA 2846, JK hands, underline gilt dial.

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Nice watches! :)

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Where'd you get that dial, Mr. Cordell!!!?? So nice.

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@porschespeedster I know he is on vacation at the moment so he might not get back to you. He makes his own dials. Check out a couple f his threads.

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@porschespeedster I know he is on vacation at the moment so he might not get back to you. He makes his own dials. Check out a couple f his threads.

on holidays but still connected ;)

Where'd you get that dial, Mr. Cordell!!!?? So nice.

Decals dials made myself

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^^^ wow, it looks better than the Yuki!

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Very similar to the one I built and just sold. Building a gilt 5500 now. 

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