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Old 08-28-2019, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Home early? Bored? Have a look in the parts bin and see what you can find....

In my case its a bunch of diver stuff, y513 movement, skx hands, case thats ok but not so many turns on when screwing crown down, an old 7548-700a dial with battery damage, a very wabi-tastic bezel insert and a crystal that has clearly been polished, but not very well (not by me). Touched the dial up a bit (badly, but dont care for this) but otherwise just got on with putting it all together.

What can this list of quality ingredients result in one might wonder? An orange beater diver. Ideal for when you just dont give a shit.

Im clearly a bit weird as I get more out of this kind of tinkering than just about anything else watch related. Oh well, each to their own.


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Old 08-28-2019, 02:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Came out quite well.

I too love making a good cobble job parts watch. Some of my favorite watches are worthless creations I made for fun.
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Came out quite well.

I too love making a good cobble job parts watch. Some of my favorite watches are worthless creations I made for fun.
I have to agree, satisfying process and sometimes these less than perfect creations are more endearing than minters. This one looks great to me.
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I will join the chorus and tell you that I think it turned out well. I especially like it as I have been hankering after another orange dial diver lately.
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I like it Tim good job! Hope all is well btw.
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Thanks all, glad I'm not the only one 😄

Currently still on the wrist and keeping good time, those y513 etc movements are very nice being basically a 7546/8 (and some of the watches they come in too, although the donor one this came from was toast).

I'm good thanks Guy, hope you are keeping well.
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Nice beater! I love those sudden bursts of inspiration...I came up with this two years ago because we had a postal strike and parts for a Seiko 5 got held up by two months-


A FE4611 movement, genuine TAG Heuer 1500 dial (see the connection?!) and a generic 16610 case. I named it the "rat rod Heuer" and liked it so much I upgraded it to this-



The new insert has a long scratch near the 20 marker now but hey, it's a beater after all!
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Nice beater! I love those sudden bursts of inspiration...I came up with this two years ago because we had a postal strike and parts for a Seiko 5 got held up by two months-


A FE4611 movement, genuine TAG Heuer 1500 dial (see the connection?!) and a generic 16610 case. I named it the "rat rod Heuer" and liked it so much I upgraded it to this-



The new insert has a long scratch near the 20 marker now but hey, it's a beater after all!
That looks good, I like it 👍, good use of spare parts!
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Nice beater! I love those sudden bursts of inspiration...I came up with this two years ago because we had a postal strike and parts for a Seiko 5 got held up by two months-


A FE4611 movement, genuine TAG Heuer 1500 dial (see the connection?!) and a generic 16610 case. I named it the "rat rod Heuer" and liked it so much I upgraded it to this-



The new insert has a long scratch near the 20 marker now but hey, it's a beater after all!
Looks good. Is the upside down bezel an OCD thing?
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Looks good. Is the upside down bezel an OCD thing?
Thanks gents! I'll be honest, the bezel at 30 is a nod to Chuck Yeager's 6538 as worn in a press photo.
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