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BP Fifty Fathoms Aqualung - The miracle walk

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I always loved the FF elegance.

I bought a DSN rep (Tornek Rayville) back in 2007; finding it too far out of the minimal standards to call it an homage.

Found later the "Phong" version but was far off my budget.

That version always stayed in mind though.

 

Two months ago I had a business meeting in Hanoi and ending it earlier than expected I went for a long walk, as I always do.

A couple of watchsmith stalls on the way around the central lake and I find a motorbike repair garage with some "old" watches on display.

All franken; a red ranger, an IWC marked with a king´s arrow dial, some Hamiltons and a black leather pouch branded Bl*ncp*in.

 

I asked to check the pouch and could not believe what was inside.

 

I was asked 4.500.000 VND (around 200USD) pouch included and did not even think of negotiating.

The nato strap was cheap and green and it wrinkled between the lugs (lug space is 19mm and strap was 20mm).

The watch stopped one week after my return.

Mvmt ( A.S Cal. AS1361 as informed by my watchsmith) was dry and full of dirt. 

 

This is the "Phong" FF, with a big difference; the price. 

After service the whole damage was around 320USD.

 

Its a beautiful, beautiful watch.

I had one of the luckiest walks ever. 

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Holy frijoles! What a score. Beautiful piece! Let's see some more angles.

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On 8/13/2018 at 1:11 AM, Nanuq said:

Holy frijoles! What a score. Beautiful piece! Let's see some more angles.

Thanks Nanuq. Indeed! I will take some decent pictures to share asap.

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On 8/13/2018 at 1:11 AM, Nanuq said:

Holy frijoles! What a score. Beautiful piece! Let's see some more angles.

Nanuq, with some delay, but here they go.

I am not a great shooter though... :)

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bezel is well fixed but rotates very easily so its difficult to keep aligned.

does anyone have this model or simple advice on how to fix / solve this issue?

many thanks,

M.

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How simple do you want to go? Redneck solution is simply to wrap a couple of turns of dental floss around it😀

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55 minutes ago, Sogeha said:

How simple do you want to go? Redneck solution is simply to wrap a couple of turns of dental floss around it😀

less simple, please :)

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3 hours ago, madasboot said:

less simple, please :)

hahaha :)

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Easiest solution is to send it to me. I'll modify it so the bezel doesn't turn at all.

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16 minutes ago, Nanuq said:

Easiest solution is to send it to me. I'll modify it so the bezel doesn't turn at all.

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Cheers B.! :)

 

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Easiest solution is to send it to me. I'll modify it so the bezel doesn't turn at all.




Yeah, bezel won’t turn at all, neither will the hands or crown


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Mate, I have the same watch but with dsn insert (trimmed) and hands,bezel was also super loose but I managed to find some thicker bezel wires that fit and make the bezel action much firmer,
Pm me your details and I'll send you oned86a74f7970349d1fdc2783bebf60d1c.jpga1bb098beffbe9bcd02fb33e62e782f8.jpg

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I also did this one , different dial and another dsn insert which looks pretty good8ab1051a420a161fb1a1e5c3a3a711a6.jpg

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On 9/15/2018 at 8:01 AM, Alan72 said:

I also did this one , different dial and another dsn insert which looks pretty good8ab1051a420a161fb1a1e5c3a3a711a6.jpg

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Awesome mod work mate! - I notice you repainted the central red dot on the rad logo?

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Awesome mod work mate! - I notice you repainted the central red dot on the rad logo?
That one was already like it, I did paint the other one a bit tho

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55 minutes ago, Alan72 said:

That one was already like it, I did paint the other one a bit tho

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Looking wonderful.

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Such a lovely watch. Always wanted to build a vintage piece using these as a base. Make it dive legit as well. Group buy maybe?

Wear it in great health brother.


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Such a lovely watch. Always wanted to build a vintage piece using these as a base. Make it dive legit as well. Group buy maybe?

Wear it in great health brother.


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I’ve been in touch with a guy who makes these cases. Can ask him about a group discount.

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I’ve been in touch with a guy who makes these cases. Can ask him about a group discount.

That would be awesome.


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