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Let's build a superfranken (genstein?) 36mm Rolex Explorer I (14270)

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I have previously shared this on RWI and I will share it here as well - you guys seem to be the technical / OCD Rolex builders so I hope you will enjoy the pics

And after waiting and researching for nearly a year trying to source the right parts...

Theme of the build = a classic 14270 Rolex that has been through RSC (hence this 14270 will have lug holes AND superluminova dial and hands)

Here are the ingredients
- Gen 36mm Datejust 16233 E-series case (took me bloody 6 months to find one in decent condition)
- Gen 36mm Datejust smooth bezel
- Gen 14270/114270 Swiss Made dial (bloody rare to find)
- Gen 603 crown
- Gen Submariner seconds hand
- JF 16610 LN minute + hour hand
- JKhorological Swiss 25-295 crystal
- Serviced Yuki 3135 from tickleshoes
...... still in search of a hollow link 78360 rep oyster bracelet

The watch is practically gen at this point. If i pair it up with my gen 62510h bracelet, then it's visually indistinguishable to gen

 

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so here is my gen 16200 Datejust case that arrived via fedex
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Left case is gen 16200 datejust case; right case is a replica 16200 case for 2824-2 movement
The rehaut is much wider (in terms of diameter) and less wokky on the gen 16200 datejust case
Also, the lugs are thinner on gen case (even though my gen case has probably been polished before)
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Left case is gen 16200 datejust case; right case is a replica 16200 case for 2824-2 movement
Crown height and case thickness is pretty much the same for both cases 
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I installed the Yuki 3135 with the gen 14270 dial into the gen case first
The usual ETA movement tab screws didn't fit between the gen case's side and the yuki movement, but luckily i have some spare gen-spec 3135 movement/case screws and they were thin enough to fit in between the gen case and the yuki movement
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Then I proceeded to install the hands, crystal, and gen smooth bezel
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And here is the final results (paired with my gen 62510h jubilee bracelet with 555 end links - but i am desperately in need of a rep 78360 hollow link oyster bracelet)

At this moment, the watch is pretty much gen externally and there is no definitive way to tell that it is a franken or replica by just looking at it externally

Lume shot! - the JF minute and hour hands have the same lume colour and brightness as the gen Rolex dial lume and gen Rolex seconds hand lume
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Edited by godkiller

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really nice, congrats.

like you say, OYSTER bracelet is a must on explorer 1 .

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GREAT REVIEW !!!!!

 

Thanks for sharing that....it's a beautiful piece :drool:

And i like the jubilee !

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Well done. Very nice build. Good luck with the 78360 search ... it will finish things off nicely.

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5 hours ago, rosnik said:

really nice, congrats.

like you say, OYSTER bracelet is a must on explorer 1 .

 

3 hours ago, themannier said:

GREAT REVIEW !!!!!

 

Thanks for sharing that....it's a beautiful piece :drool:

And i like the jubilee !

 

43 minutes ago, tomhorn said:

Well done. Very nice build. Good luck with the 78360 search ... it will finish things off nicely.


thank you guys :)

i quite like jubilee bracelet but the watch feels too light with the jubilee bracelet on hah
so a rep oyster 78360 bracelet is definitely the way to go

but i am still having problems trying to find a hollow link rep oyster bracelet - seems like no one sells them anymore?

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Where is that rep case for 2824 going??? :)

 

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19 hours ago, bobandshawn said:

Where is that rep case for 2824 going??? :)

 

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Reserved for a future datejust build hah

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I paid $800 for a trashed 78360 a couple of months ago with 580 end links. The blade was damaged, so I have a yuki blade and clasp on it. [censored] is too expensive, should be perfect at these prices!

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