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Arnie from the bay, before....



and now after....



Thanks go out to Jules Borel, Noah Fuller, and the shroud is from the bay.
Its not as good as the ones from Tim, but it looks the part.
I have been meaning to try to contact Tim to see if he has any left or planning another run.
The shrouds were expensive but perfect and should last forever unlike the originals.
This one is painted "Parkerised" and needed some filing on the aluminum to make it fit.

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Nice Job Jim:

Could you give us a blow by blow on the restoration process. This would make a fabulous post to add to our restoration archive. Thanks,

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Hey Jim! Nice to see you here, bro! Let me tell you that actually you're one of my true inspirations for my tuna collection!
Please, post a pic or two of your lovely O-BENTO box....better yet if you have updated pics of it. Please, share with us, brother!
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Lovely job Jim,Another Arnie saved in my book.Total transformation.Great work.

Plus i know the feeling heres mine before and after.
 

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TheNeilo(AqualandKing) said:
Lovely job Jim,Another Arnie saved in my book.Total transformation.Great work.

Plus i know the feeling heres mine before and after.
Neil, my aqualand brother! I remember those pics you posted frm the Arnie salvage operation...

If you accept a bit of advice from my part, you should look into secure an aftermarket aluminium shroud for your Arnie. The rubber ones will eventually crack and crumble appart. Go the extra mile and buy the aluminium piece, bro. I did that for both of mine, and will keep the plastic original shrouds for collection purposes only. By the way, both my plastic ones are intact, but just knowing they won't last forever is a big turn off for me, enough to already replace them.
 

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They look real nice great to see them come good again. :)

What is the lug size ?

I wondered about the shrouds Tim sold and the other ones on Ebay, is there a big difference in quality ??
 

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They look real nice great to see them come good again. :)

What is the lug size ?

I wondered about the shrouds Tim sold and the other ones on Ebay, is there a big difference in quality ??
John, Tim's product is perfect, although the top of the shroud could be a liiiiiiiitle more refined as per the original part.

As for armsaver's product (the ones currently available @ ebay), those are the only option right now, and they are all around rougher and cruder in comparison to Tim's one, although the top part is 1:1 to the original plastic shroud.
I have one of each currently being installed on my 2 Arnies, as they are at the SPA treatment.
 

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Chris said:
Neil, my aqualand brother! I remember those pics you posted frm the Arnie salvage operation...

If you accept a bit of advice from my part, you should look into secure an aftermarket aluminium shroud for your Arnie. The rubber ones will eventually crack and crumble appart. Go the extra mile and buy the aluminium piece, bro. I did that for both of mine, and will keep the plastic original shrouds for collection purposes only. By the way, both my plastic ones are intact, but just knowing they won't last forever is a big turn off for me, enough to already replace them.


Hi Chris.Im on it when i get back from my Holidays,Going Diving in Turkey in a few weeks.Appreciate what your saying.I had that feeling all along but though mines in great condition i just thought Tims were quite expensive at the time yet great quality.
Thanks for the advice Chris.Neilo.
 

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TheNeilo(AqualandKing) said:
Hi Chris.Im on it when i get back from my Holidays,Going Diving in Turkey in a few weeks.Appreciate what your saying.I had that feeling all along but though mines in great condition i just thought Tims were quite expensive at the time yet great quality.
Thanks for the advice Chris.Neilo.
Smart choice, brother. Just keep in mind, though....Tim has ran out of stock for his shrouds. Now, the only ones available are from armsaver @ ebay. His name is Claudio, and I bought my other one from him (like I said, one from Tim and one from armsaver in my case). He's a terrific guy to deal with. Shoot him an email through ebay PMs and he'll hook you up.
Have a nice diving vacation with Amanda, my friend! Have you already chosen the watch for the trip? Last year you took the 'zilla to below surface....i'm curious to learn your choice for this year's round. 8)
 

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Chris said:
Smart choice, brother. Just keep in mind, though....Tim has ran out of stock for his shrouds. Now, the only ones available are from armsaver @ ebay. His name is Claudio, and I bought my other one from him (like I said, one from Tim and one from armsaver in my case). He's a terrific guy to deal with. Shoot him an email through ebay PMs and he'll hook you up.
Have a nice diving vacation with Amanda, my friend! Have you already chosen the watch for the trip? Last year you took the 'zilla to below surface....i'm curious to learn your choice for this year's round. 8)


Great memory Chris!!!LoL.
This year im taking this for a run out.My Birthday presnt off Amanda.
 

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Hey Chris I would love to see pics of Tim and Claudios shrouds when you get your Arnies back.
Dully noted, sir. That will be in order. My watchmaker ( a CEO for the Swatch group authorized service center in Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - nonetheless ) has promised me the watches for around may, 15th. Fully serviced, with NOS hands set, crystal, backlight bulb, pushers, full gaskets set, all OEM parts provided by our very own Rob @ monsterwatches (Rob, can't thank you nuff for that, bro) and Shannon Spence (Shannon, you roooock! 8) ), plus the aftermakerket inserts by Noah (1:1 from the original, just perfect copies) and the mentioned shrouds, which IMHO, are very far better than the original plastic piece made by Seiko.
 

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I wrote a reply but it got eaten somehow...... anyway..... someone mentioned that armsavers replacement shrouds were rough and needed fitting but when speaking to a few folks who have used them they tell me that they are perfect in every aspect and need nothing done to fit!
As to armsavers shrouds being painted..........it's my understanding that they are powder coated and not painted! There is a huge difference as powder coating is almost indestructible!
 

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My shroud was from Armsaver, purchased Sept. 2009.
It maybe different from current production, but it definitely needed fitting, in several areas, its painted and not VDP/Powder Coated.
I will try to get some comparison pictures this weekend.
Its still a good shroud, just not as nice a Tim's, but it also did not cost nearly as much.

Again, except for the paint, it should last just fine.

Jim
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jadolley88 said:
My shroud was from Armsaver, purchased Sept. 2009.
It maybe different from current production, but it definitely needed fitting, in several areas, its painted and not VDP/Powder Coated.
I will try to get some comparison pictures this weekend.
Its still a good shroud, just not as nice a Tim's, but it also did not cost nearly as much.

Again, except for the paint, it should last just fine.

Jim
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Hey, Jim....how about some updated O-BENTO pics, bro? 8)
 

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Just a heads up, armsaver currently lists his shrouds as being powder coated and also states that powder coating is better than paint.

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Hi to all seiko arnie fans and collectors.
My name is claudio I am th one that is making the shroud for the H558 and the H601.
How i started making the shrouds, is when my seiko that i've had sense 1987 the shroud started to fall apart beginning Jan 2009, and when it did fall apart I desided to make my own and i thought that was great the first was made from abs platic then to thin metal which were painted. I started sell them on bay in june then one i sell now verse from last year are powder coated and heat treated. I have come long way of making them better
Thank you
Claudio
 
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