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  1. Never thought there'd be so much excitement over spring bars. Lol The bars come in packs of 10, so my suggestion would be to place orders in those increments so @sputim doesn't need to repackage. Anyhow good luck boys.
  2. Hey guys. Thought I'd drop in to say hello. Also wanted to share some analysis of 20mm spring bars I've "discovered". For the past couple of years, I've sworn by ST (Startime) spring bars. Unlike most rep and aftermarket bars, the springs don't crumple, the ends are nicely rounded, and they are made in Switzerland. They really are terrific. But I have an account at a part supply company called Beco-technic in Germany. I've ordered stuff from them a few times, but never thought of trying their spring bars until my most recent order. To my surprise, they are superior to ST bars and I suspect genuine Rolex bars are made by the same factory. Side by side, the ST bars are nearly identical to the Beco-Technic (BT) bars. The ST bar ends are rounded, and the BT bar ends are conically tapered: Now here is a comparison of the BT bars (on the left) and gen bars (on the right). Both ends are conical: Keep in mind, that these observations are based on a random and very small sample size and no two spring bars are identical . Now here is a shot of all three together (ST on left, BT in middle, Gen on right: Conical or rounded, I don't think anyone will care. But a more important contrast is the strength of the internal springs. I've always found the ST springs are "noisy" when compressed. The BT and gen are much quieter. Further here is some VERY unscientific measurements of the force required for full compression (using a kitchen scale). The gen bars, are not new, but measured 506 grams on the scale; equivalent to 4.96 Newtons (if my math is correct. I have a Physics degree but I don't remember jack [censored]): The brand new BT bars measured a whopping 580 grams (5.68 N): And finally, brand new ST bars averaged 380 g (3.72 N): Had the gen bars been brand new, I imagine the springs would be slightly stronger. At any rate, I think my go-to bars from now on will definitely be the Beco bars. If you try to order from them, keep in mind you will need to be approved. Also, I had a lot of trouble accessing their website recently (www.beco-technic.com). I'm in Canada and could not load the page for unknown reasons. So I changed my IP address to Germany and it worked fine. Odd. Frankly, I think 20mm ST bars (or equivalent) are just superb for any watch that accepts them. But the BT's are as close as I have ever seen to what you would get from RSC.
  3. dbane883

    1956 6538 Build

    ^^^ Stop staring at your watch and do some work! ^^^
  4. dbane883

    1956 6538 Build

    Hey! That looks familiar! Since you and I first met when I worked on your 5513, you have been nothing but patient and understanding. With any high end project that starts from the ground up, things just don't go smoothly. Something always comes up that further delays the project. While frustrating, overcoming these challenges/obstacles is an opportunity to learn something new. An example was my need to experiment with no less that 40 mixtures of substances to come up with the appropriate texture and color of the no-glow lume to match that of the dial. Not an easy task. For anyone considering builds like this, you should be prepared that there will be hiccups, and your budget for the build may increase beyond what you might think is reasonable. Hopefully in the end, it's worth it. So leave a buffer. It has been a pleasure working with you and I consider you a dear friend. Wear her in good health. We expect a nice wrist shot at the SeaHawks season opener!
  5. Retaining ring, tension washer, bezel, insert. That's the way the assembly should be layered when finished.
  6. Its a good idea to loctite the tube to the case. Do NOT loctite the tube to the crown
  7. 10 hours ago, Mendota Explorer said: Where did you find the 16mm buckle? It looks like a good one. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk looks like a Yuki buckle to me
  8. The gen SE also has a sapphire crystal. Otherwise a fine looking watch
  9. Nevermind.. I didnt realize this (gen) version uses a sapphire crystal... Cannot believe Omega didnt use hesalite. I'll go back to the Rolex forum now.. carry on boys .
  10. just curious if the case will accept a gen crystal ....
  11. Are people that drive replica vintage Porsche Speedsters and Shelby Cobras fake too? What about the reproduction paintings of Monet's hanging in millions of homes? Are those people fake? What about the replica bronze horses outside Saint Marks Basilica in Venice? Is the Catholic Church fake? Hmmm. Maybe the author has a point
  12. There are allegedly AAA, AA and A grades of rep MB pens. I have only bought AAA and they are superb. Only ball points and rollerballs. Always replace the cartridges with gen or another high quality refill like Monteverde. Not sure what the lower grade reps are like, but the AAA engravings are excellent. Even the laser-etched serials on the clip: It's been awhile since I've bought any but I recall having to specify that I was only interested in AAA grade and was provided a list. Forget about fountains. No rep nib can match the gen quality.
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