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Everything posted by JohnBaker3

  1. If I understand your question, the crown is threaded onto the stem. It is locked into the movement. To remove them as a unit, the case back is removed, the release pin is pressed, and they come out together. That is after the crown is unscrewed from the trip-lock case tube. : )
  2. My little workbench.....keeps me out of the pool halls....
  3. Hey Guys: Anyone else confused about what is the correct replacement crystal for your watch? Here is a chart that makes life much less stressful; now I know what all the numbers listed over on VRF for original crystals mean: http://www.scribd.com/doc/87548472/R...Crystal-Number This here is a 25-19 !!
  4. I like people who think "outside the box".....great job! Be safe.
  5. Your comments that the prices are all over the place is indeed correct. We need to do our homework and never buy the first piece that shows up on eBay.... At least the internet gives us multiple options on who/where to buy our vintage parts. My last 5513 crown came from Miami and the case tube is coming in from Croatia.... Great hobby, huh??
  6. Here is another tool that comes with multiple sizes. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sult%26fvi%3D1 Good luck.
  7. Here are the specifics on the tool I received above: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dies-Waterpr...item3a8d2a423c Took about a week to get here and the postage was as much as the tool. It does accept other socket sizes for different Rolex backs; you just have to buy them individually.
  8. Hey Guys: My case back tool came today; fits like a glove on the submariner and is marked 29.50 Be safe.
  9. To the best of my knowledge, the 29.5 mm tool is the correct one for the Submariner. I have one on order, but it hasn't arrived yet to prove that as fact. Be safe.
  10. http://www.scribd.com/doc/87548472/R...Crystal-Number This should help answer your question. Good luck.
  11. Without a picture, it didn't happen. Rule #37 on this website. : )
  12. OK....I admit that I have a SMALL problem with Rolexes in general and GMT's in particular. I REALLY enjoy swapping out the inserts to take advantage of the many looks that they provide. The little zip lock baggies help keep them sorted and inventoried !! Pepsi, Coke, Root Beer, Blueberry, and Black Coffee are up for grabs! I just ordered several extra bezels so the swap is even easier !! Life is good !!
  13. Hey Guys: After rooting around on the internet, I found this little gem for sale. It is a genuine Rolex mini press used to put on crystal rings and bezel inserts. It uses aluminum cups rather than nylon.... Only difference is they are asking $6K for theirs; mine was about $40...go figure.....
  14. OK Larry: Here are some pics of the "mini-lathe" at work milling down another nylon disk. Since I bought the case-back press, I have found 4 uses for it: 1: Pressing on case backs after battery replacements (non Rolex : ) 2: Pressing bezel inserts into the bezel 3: Pressing the insert/bezel unit onto the watch 4: Pressing down a crystal ring around a crystal This is a very practical piece of gear for the price!
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