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Building a 16610 with lots of gen parts (incl. R-Factory 3135 Movement)

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    Building a 16610 with lots of gen parts (incl. R-Factory 3135 Movement)

    I would like to share with you my experiences and experiences that I have gained while getting a Ref. 16610 built by a watchmaker.

    First of all I did not plan to build a Submariner Date from (used) spare parts. But after I bought a Noob V7 116610 (and a Comex 5514 replica) I realized that I liked the reference 16610 much more than the actual one.
    At that point I searched the web for used parts that where used in Ref. 16610.
    I found a 3135 movement on eBay that was offered at a unusual low price (400 €). It was described as non working item with some missing or non gen parts inside the movemt. Also the datewheel was missing. From what I've seen on the pictures it was a real R-Factory movement. As my watchmaker already serviced my SA3135 movement in the 116610 LN Rep. I thought that he can fix it by adding a new datewheel and fix the other little problems so I'd hopefully would have a fully working 3135 movement.
    Unfortunately this was not the case. Here are some pics of this

    Front:


    2nd pic from the front:


    Back:


    And here is the major defect on that movement:
    Broken bridge and non gen balance wheel




    My watchmaker confirmed that this movement was just scrap as the complete wheelset has been replaced with a China Clone wheelset. And the escape wheel was missing.


    At the same time - I had no knowledge of the condition of the scrap movement at that time - I bought a high quality after market case for Ref. 16610 on eBay. This case came from the US and was really of a very high quality.

    Another seller on eBay offered a beautiful dial with a unique S in Submariner.






    The look of my dial is absolutely authentic, I found this pic on the web:



    I got matching hands from seller Michael Klan at tswisst and a 704 triploc Crown again from eBay.



    After struggling with the seller of the non working 3135 movement I was able to reverse the purchase of the movement and found a fully working and already serviced original 3135 movement on eBay.



    I still had no bezel ring and no bezel insert. As I like the look of the 16610 LV (Kermit) I ordered a bezel ring and a LV insert and a stem winding part at watchparts24 just to complete the watch and get it working.

    I have seen some Rolex Sportis with a Nato Strap instead of the classic Oyster Bracelet and liked the look. So I ordered a brown NATO leather strap from Yukiwatch as a perfect match to my Sub.

    And here is the result with the LV Insert from watchparts24:



    I had the chance to get a blue gen insert and thats how it looks today:



    Steps still to do:

    Switch the bezel ring and insert to gen parts and get the stem winding part shortened.

    And I'm preparing another Franken project.
    Last edited by kadeee; 02-01-19, 18:59.

    #2
    This was a cool breakdown, nice build! Awesome that you were able to grab a gen 3135 movement.

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      #3
      Thank you, mate.

      It‘s hard to get a fully working gen movement but not impossible.
      I recently bought a 3035 movement for one of my next builds. It‘l be a 16803 „Rolessor“, also with a lot of gen parts.

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        #4
        Lovely work on the 16610, my favourite all round reference.

        Originally posted by kadeee View Post
        I recently bought a 3035 movement for one of my next builds. It‘l be a 16803 „Rolessor“, also with a lot of gen parts.
        May I ask how much you parted with for the 3035 movement? Open 6/9 on the DW?

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          #5
          nice build m8, well done....

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            #6
            Originally posted by xray7 View Post
            Lovely work on the 16610, my favourite all round reference.



            May I ask how much you parted with for the 3035 movement? Open 6/9 on the DW?
            Will send you a PM

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              #7
              Thank you mate.

              Collecting some missing parts for the "Rolessor" project.

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