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Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« on: November 06, 2010, 02:01:59 PM »
So any of you chaps like modified watches? :D

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 09:58:08 PM »
Ok, what do I get if I answer correctly?

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2010, 10:28:30 PM »
What makes up a modified watch?

There is a watchmakers course here in the states and I would love to take it. Only issue is, I don't wear a watch. I like pocket watches though.

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 07:26:25 AM »
 :D

I was kinda referring to the watch case and bracelet so different from the norm like coated case and bracelet and other mods would be to change the hands, glass type and profile and dial etc etc.



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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 11:24:12 AM »
Neat. Didn't realize there were people modding wrist watches.

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2010, 11:52:33 AM »
What is the coating ?
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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010, 11:58:55 AM »
Hi there,

DLC so a fancy PVD coating.

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2010, 12:05:06 PM »
I like watches, infact I like watches a lot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9BlRcT0LD8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tclLq_WRm7Y&feature=related

and I also have a bumper automatic Omega.

OK,I know not top of the range but they are all top of my range!!

I`d love a Patek Philippe one day but sadly don`t think it`ll happen.

Modified watches - hummm...more info needed. Is that something you have purchased or made. If the latter, then that sounds cool but if it was just shop boughts I`d be a little confused "why"? But each to their own and if you like it then that is what matters. The watch in the pictures looks great.

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2010, 12:24:55 PM »
Nice Omega chap :D

Yep I had the mod done for a client of mine the watch does look very nice.

I basically stripped the watch done to it's bones, refinished all case and bracelet parts, satinised with bead blaster and then sent for coating in Switzerland then reassembled here.

Bry

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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2010, 12:57:58 PM »
Very cool Bry  :bugeye:


beets the old thing i have just found at the back of the draw  :doh:




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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2010, 01:04:29 PM »
LOOK after that Seiko 7A38 caliber they're very well engineered movements certainly not a loser movement. :D

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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2010, 01:14:09 PM »
Hi Bry


Its been in the back of the draw for years ,,,,,,,,,,,,, battery is a bit flat now  :doh:

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2010, 01:17:11 PM »
She's worth a good 50-70 secondhand.

If you need someone to fit a new battery I've got a 300 watch case opener set up.

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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2010, 01:22:41 PM »
Looks like ist going on ebay  :ddb: :ddb: :ddb: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm more tool holders  :)

300  :bugeye:  ,,,,, you must do allot of watches Bry



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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2010, 01:26:17 PM »
The 300 was well spent means I don't need to worry about caseback slip.

If you want to sell her forward some better pics of case and bracelet and I'll ask a local 7A** collector.

The original box and papers always help.

You do know the RAF use to wear Seiko 7A** chronos?


One of mine:-



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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2010, 01:53:28 PM »
Looks a dam sight better than mine  :doh:


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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2010, 01:57:40 PM »
I've got a 300 watch case opener set up.

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2010, 02:02:37 PM »
LOL

Can't use them on a or pound watch. :D




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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2010, 02:06:02 PM »
Just put a rag inside the jaws - works a treat!

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2010, 02:15:07 PM »
 :jaw: maybe with some but my clients watches I'd be SHOT!

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2010, 02:19:06 PM »
Bry - in that case.... amazing work!!! It does look really good like I said.

Is this a hobby or profession?

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2010, 03:05:07 PM »
Bit of both.

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2010, 03:10:37 PM »
Hi there,

DLC so a fancy PVD coating.

Very nice. But what is DLC & PVD?

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2010, 03:20:47 PM »
Hi there,

DLC so a fancy PVD coating.

Very nice. But what is DLC & PVD?

Eric
I'm guessing "Dialithium Convertor" for DLC and an updated version of PVC for PVD (polyvinyl dichroic or some such)

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2010, 04:53:07 PM »
Diamond Like Carbon and Physical Vapour Deposition.

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2011, 08:55:56 PM »
Bry.

I just read this thread, I am intrigued!.  Any more shots of watches you have and a little more information on the hobby.

I got a lathe at an auction that belonged to a clock / watchmaker he purchased it back in the fifties and he died in 2009 and i got most of his stuff, I kept the lathe and tooling but I sent along the way most of the weirdest dies, tooling and gadgets he made  through Fleabays, this cat had some stuff I have never seen but knowing a little about his passion I am sure everything had a use, what I can tell you is this lathe was spotless and looked like it just came out of the factory, I would of like to have met the guy.

Anywho I am interested in clocks / watches so please post more info.

Rob, is it back in the draw or did you flog it? :poke:

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2011, 10:00:55 AM »
Anthony,

Rob sold the Seiko to my contact that I suggested, the watch was worth quite a few notes.

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
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« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2011, 10:27:06 PM »
Row.

Thank you for sharing. You have to love German engineering and their attention to detail.


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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2011, 02:02:47 PM »
Hi Guys,
Only just looked at this topic for the first time.
Does this count as a modified watch?


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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2011, 09:10:27 AM »
That Connie and Red box will be worth some money now.

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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2011, 11:32:07 AM »
Hi Bry,
So I have been told.
Did you like the Smiths pocket watch to wrist watch conversion?
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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2011, 12:10:00 PM »
Hi Ned,

Nope sorry I don't know much about Smith's watches, born in '75 so was brought up with Casio SS LCD watches.




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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2011, 02:15:48 PM »
Ned,

What do you reckon to this Diamond like Carbon coated Omega Bond Seamaster?


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« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2011, 07:52:58 PM »
Hi Bry,
Nice.
I guess I shall have to find the time to make another custom case for a watch, but not to take something daft like the Smiths or inaccurate like an Omega, next time I shall use a Timex. I might have a window in about ten years time the way things are going at the moment.
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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2011, 03:05:26 AM »
Thanks,

That sounds a cool idea or maybe buy a brand new case and modify it theirs lots of decent accurate movements out there that can be had for a very fair price, Miyota 82** movements keep good time or Seiko autos etc etc even Etas etc etc

Didn't those old Omega Connies use an indirect seconds hand  55* movement?

Maybe base the watch case around a Eta/Unitas 6497 like below you could even buy the plain movement and custom finish the movement plates and then have a watchie reassemble the movement, any ways some ideas:-

http://ticktalk.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/eta-6497-6498/





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« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2011, 10:32:03 AM »
That last picture says "Made in Germany", but on the watch itself, it's stamped "Swiss"...
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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2011, 01:36:30 PM »
Movement is Swiss but the watch firm are Deutsche!  :D

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« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2011, 01:59:07 PM »
Hi Bry,
I have to admit that the movements are a mystery to me, I leave that to a mate who is a former Omega employee.
Cases are a straight forward lathe and mill engineering project, no real skill needed to achieve acceptable results, unlike all those teeny weeny little bits in a watch that you need a microscope to see. Even watch faces are a simple 'puter and printer job.
On further thought, I do prefer a sweep second hand, so maybe the Timex might not be the best choice. As I said this project is nowhere near the top of the tuit list, in fact it is just about at the bottom, although with the warm weather the list is getting some attention.
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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2011, 06:43:30 PM »
Does this count as modded?    :bang:


After I get some practice with the mill, I'll probably try and make a new case and maybe band for it, though finding a new crystal may be a challenge as I've never tried to source watch parts. The movement survived and it still keeps perfect time, the rest didn't do so well.  :(

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Re: Any of you chaps like modified watches?
« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2011, 09:15:25 AM »
Hi all

I've been in to watches for quite a few years and though I don't generally mod watches, I did use to repair them (or at least, attempt to!!!)..

Here's about half of my collection,,,





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« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2011, 12:37:47 PM »
 :bugeye:    :jaw:
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« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2011, 01:25:12 PM »
 :bugeye: How many wrists do you have, John? You must be an octopus  :lol:

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« Reply #43 on: October 14, 2011, 06:32:55 AM »
:bugeye: How many wrists do you have, John? You must be an octopus  :lol:

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Hi Andy


Strangely, I only wear one watch for most of the time  :doh:



I set the time with our time clock at work several months ago and it has neither lost nor gained a second since  :headbang:


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