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  • majwilliams0308
    started a topic Franken Project: White Nautilus

    Franken Project: White Nautilus

    Some of you probably know that I acquired a gen dial from brane and I've been getting some sage advice from theREALgoat as well.

    So yeah, I had the fortune of getting a gen white Nautilus dial, and I decided it would be fun to chronicle the process of getting this to a final state.

    My projected build is most likely going to be:

    1. PF Nautilus 5711 base
    2. Gen white dial ($1100 on M2M here, now going for ~$3k)
    3. JJF White Nautilus hands
    4. DWO done by Keylog74

    However, due to CNY and unavailability/impatience, I am going to use the PF hands as the lume matches pretty closely. I can change the hands out later relatively easy after CNY. My TD has confirmed he can get me the JJF hands.

    Work is going to be done by yodog because he's the bomb. I asked him to put the DWO as close to the dial as possible, and he does a good job of centering the dates. I've also asked him to take pics during the process so we can all learn from his wisdom.

    The dial:




    These pics are comparing the lume color to PF. Sorry for the crappy lighting, I took them last night with my iphone before packaging them.





    Last edited by majwilliams0308; 24-01-19, 19:47.

  • Chaosg
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    Thank you for that, I guess I'm in need of catching up so much info around here

    majwilliams0308 please let me know few things, if you don't mind so:

    1- How do you compare this franken with the new PPF white?

    2- I'm mainly interested on dial/hands comparison, so do you think that PPF dial would be acceptable when compared to gen?

    3- Are the PF hands a bit wider than gen? or it's just my impression?

    4- According to your experience, is it possible to put the movmt/dial/hands of PPF into a PF case set, using the PF crown?

    thanks in advance

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  • patek333
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    that's so beautiful

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  • antotony0203
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    omg it is really nice. I wonder those gen dials on Ebay are really gen now.

    我從使用 Tapatalk 的 SM-N9600 發送

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  • DoctorDark
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    Originally posted by BIONONE View Post

    lets see what patek is presenting at the Baselworld - beside the prestige that comes with the secondary market price fuckery i think they are capable of boosting their own sales with the right models, changes and marketing strategies - just like the 20% more or so on top of their old retail price...


    ... and with that the demand in china is also rising so the pressure is even higher for our chinese friends
    Yeah. I just hope the quality of reps continue to increase. Though I am tempted to make a massive project out of a PF White Nautilus to make it the best possible rep there is.

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  • BIONONE
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    Originally posted by DoctorDark View Post

    Well to be fair with the current price of a gen white dial nautilus you can pretty much rebuild the entire damn thing with a monkey's load of franken parts and still be at a fraction of its absurd cost.
    lets see what patek is presenting at the Baselworld - beside the prestige that comes with the secondary market price fuckery i think they are capable of boosting their own sales with the right models, changes and marketing strategies - just like the 20% more or so on top of their old retail price...


    ... and with that the demand in china is also rising so the pressure is even higher for our chinese friends

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  • DoctorDark
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    Originally posted by Sbybbuser View Post
    Wow. Wonderful project.
    Turns out great.
    Great looking watch at a fraction of the price of gen.



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    Well to be fair with the current price of a gen white dial nautilus you can pretty much rebuild the entire damn thing with a monkey's load of franken parts and still be at a fraction of its absurd cost.

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  • J.B.Thomas
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    Originally posted by gilrob View Post

    Frankening a watch involves replacing replica part(s) with genuine factory parts.
    Thank you for the clarification!!


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  • gilrob
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    Originally posted by J.B.Thomas View Post
    I apologize if I am posting in the wrong area, even though I have been a member for years, I’ve only started using this in the last month or so. I just have a general question on the term “Franken”, I’m taking a wild guess and saying it’s a self modded watch? I see the term everywhere. Thanks everyone


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    Frankening a watch involves replacing replica part(s) with genuine factory parts.

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  • J.B.Thomas
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    I apologize if I am posting in the wrong area, even though I have been a member for years, I’ve only started using this in the last month or so. I just have a general question on the term “Franken”, I’m taking a wild guess and saying it’s a self modded watch? I see the term everywhere. Thanks everyone


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  • Nivka
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    Originally posted by stowee View Post

    How do you like your 5712?


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    Not mine unfortunately

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  • stowee
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    Originally posted by Nivka View Post



    Depends on the lighting I guess?
    How do you like your 5712?


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  • Nivka
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    Originally posted by theREALgoat View Post

    That's only on the blue dial 5711
    Depends on the lighting I guess?

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  • theREALgoat
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    Originally posted by Nivka View Post
    I saw this on insta today. Looks like the lume on the hands and hour markers are different too in outdoor lighting
    That's only on the blue dial 5711

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  • MonsieurMax
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    Originally posted by Os-92 View Post

    Can’t believe it ! This project is perfect !!
    I think that's gen, it was a reference to what the hands should look like outdoors.

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