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Hey everyone, I too am back, settling back in here as my home forum.

 

I have an itch to build/buy a BP and/or Tornek-Rayville. 

 

A “No Rads” would be ideal. I am finding aftermarket cases, but finding Dials seems to be a challenge. Only Phong has anything and it is not a good versions at all. 

 

Anyone similarly interested in these classics or know parts sources?

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Y E S ! ! !

 

Whats the story on that stunning piece?

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Basically one of phongs older dials, modified dsn hands broached to fit the as1701 movement and a custom insert,
I built a few of these and it's getting near on impossible to get parts these days

Here's some more2e7bfd6921e5253dd5988eeb3efd4815.jpgccb609649e6af2526ff3a8800beb13c2.jpg6781c3dedd73a378fe502560b72be2f5.jpg0901141e4b15a37f165de79616654c72.jpg3e7c2f4de651a13eba1e19636684b584.jpg

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Nice.  Have you seen the monstrosity on Phong's site at the present time.  🤮

 

Building one of these is proving tough.  There are some homages out there that aren't bad case wise.  Just need some solid dials.

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Nice collection Alan.

 

It's hard to believe no one has tackled these properly. A TR is now a 150K watch. The big issue is the bezel. All the aftermarket bezels are way too thick for the older models, even if they look passable from the front.

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Nice.  Have you seen the monstrosity on Phong's site at the present time. 
 
Building one of these is proving tough.  There are some homages out there that aren't bad case wise.  Just need some solid dials.
Yeah, mine all started out the same as phongs offering, custom bezel insert makes a world of difference

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Ive been in touch with a VN seller that sells the same case and dial as Phong for 350dollars or something. The cases are off at several places and Ive told him that. His response was that he could make a more correct case if he had the right dimensions etc. 

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That would be great Champagnesky!  

 

Can an you tell us or even PM the Phong alternative?

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On 7/30/2019 at 7:00 PM, Ronin said:

That would be great Champagnesky!  

 

Can an you tell us or even PM the Phong alternative?

I can send you a Pm. It would be fun to do a a group build though, if anyone is interested. Needs lots of work though to make it right. The rised text on the dial is a challenge also. Dsn is unfortunately not selling his dials separately and I have no clue how to produce such effect on a dial. The Tornek-Rayville Dial would probably be easier to make. The insert can be made by Athaya, I think someone on HF has already tried doing one. 

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These are great!! I have a DSN LIP Blancpain that I like. I know it’s pretty far off from the gen but really, how many folks have seen a gen in the flesh?
I believe Bill Yao’s MKII cases were dimensionally pretty close to the original, as he purchased the rights and all the paperwork from the owner of the Tornak-Rayville name. However the watches are as scarce as hens teeth and sell almost immediately when they show up for sale.
I would be interested in a group project if it is feasible.


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Very nice. Looking for parts as it is to make one. Will have to test it to ensure I can at least skin dive with it.

Keep the information and images coming.


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