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  1. I wanted a Tudor, so I got a gold plated one for a decent price, I wanted a semi project I assumed I can have it re-plated and wear it, after buying the first one I saw the Day Date two tone one which is nicer imo it was a deal so I grabbed it, but the catch was its missing the case-back :)
  2. Yeah I was pretty sure that Rolex only used stick indicies on dials from that era, or at least they had a majority with only stick indicies. I remember one watch that had a mix of arabic numerals and indicies, but I've never seen just numbers.
  3. Not sure about that, mine is from 2011, I've saw one from 2013 also with green lume. Perhaps the latest prod, but it would be a flaw IMO since the gmt hand and the first liner are green
  4. Looks good - but that is one thick watch!! You can definitely pull it off though.
  5. Nice review, but you know the rules, pictures or it didn't happen! Can't wait for my 'call'.
  6. Those are awesome. Not sure I could pull them off, but damn they are nice!
  7. Great review, the pictures really show off the vivid blue dial.
  8. I know it is genuine as I was the first owner when I bought it new in 2002. It has only been serviced by RSC all this time and nowhere else. It is a Y series 16200 Datejust. Is it common for a Y series Datejust to have a flat 4 and open 6 and 9? i just realized I have an abnormality when I read that this date wheel was discontinued in the early 80's in favor for the current date wheel. Any idea why is my DJ equipped with an older style wheel?
  9. According to their website, IWC offers 2 types of services: maintenance and complete. When I was looking around for an IWC, I asked sellers if they could provide service records if they had it serviced recently. One seller gave me this: It's described as a maintenance service and the work does is similar to what IWC says on their site. Another seller provided me this: Despite being described as a complete service, the work is similar to a maintenance service. If it was a true complete service, I would have thought it would mention complete movement disassembly and case/bracelet refinishing. I was wondering if anyone had a complete service done on their watch and what their service receipt says?
  10. Hello! I searched the webisphere for photos/suggestions for different strap options on the IWC Portuguese, specifically the all black 5001-09 model to no luck. Does anyone here have any suggestions or photos for alternate straps on this timepiece? Wanting to try something new.
  11. I was just browsing the IWC site, and the ss Spitefire on leather is priced at $10,400. I had thought it was previously priced at $11k+??? edit: looks like the Yacht Club had a price reduction as well as the IWC site has them listed at $12,700 and the 5001 has been reduced to an even $13,000.
  12. wonderful idea! well I'm one of those few forumers in Central America and I dare to say (...sadly) the only one in Costa Rica... I'll love to have it some days and to take it to the beach and the mountain ;) count with me!!!
  13. They normally have a red seconds hand. Its hard to tell from the photo if yours were red originally.
  14. Occasionally they are sold on eBay, and very, very occasionally they are authentic.
  15. NATO strap. Lol not bath strap. Silly autocorrect
  16. Here are some thoughts on the watches. 17mm lug width is not too odd, so there should be plenty of those around on eBay. In terms of style, a slightly grey-ish brown, lizard skin pattern, should be just about right to my mind. If I am not greatly mistake the Slava is the "fridge", but with a wrong day wheel. Sekonda UK sold them and they might have a new crystal in their parts department. The final Vostok also has a 2209 "Mir" movement, an the dial is decorated with the statue at Treptower Park, and seems authentic.
  17. Hi All, I am starting my first restore project for a Vostok Komandirskie. I was told in another thread it's case model 341. My friend picked it up for me last month, in a trip to the Ukraine. Here is a picture of the Komandirskie, plus another Vostok he got for me. So far I did a general case cleaning, as my watch tool kit is yet to arrive. I also hand sanded the crystal with wet sand paper, then tossed it on the buffer and got it shining, it's not cloudy, or as nearly scratched as it was: Seele mentioned that the Testor colors for the bezel are: Testor 1149 and 1150. I will try and grab the paint today. I forgot my friend and I ordered a C&B band last week for the watches, it came today! I blame the Russian Samogon he brought back, for forgetting about the bands. Things I need to do: - Replace seals, I am sure those are nasty. - Remove the crown, and clean it and the case threads - it's grimy and wont close 100% - I may have to replace the case back, it's pretty beat up. - Replace spring bars, as they are old and bent. - Fix or replace the hands. I wanted to find out, can you buy lume to re-lume the hands and dots, or would it be better to just replace the hands?
  18. Very beautiful watch. There was a 16 jewels Pobeda-based movement in Moskva watches, probably it was inside your watch. Thank you for sharing.
  19. 2414 can be made to operate like a 2409, without date, by removing the date mechanism but 2409 will not accept the date mechanism of 2414 so that idea will not work, comrade svorkoetter, but the mainspring can be switched out with very little disassembly. For future reference, Zenitar has mainsprings for sale foe $9.99 delivered: Barrel with Mainspring VOSTOK Movement 2414A 2403 2409 Brand New | eBay I hope you caught them in time as that would be the best all-around solution.
  20. Even thou I am not particularly interested in ratcheting bezels, I have a solution to how to get a bezel with teeth: 3D laser sintering in stainless steel. For reference, check out this thread: Watch Modification - B-day gift There are several sites on the net giving you an instant quote for laser sintering in stainless steel.
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