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  • p0pperini
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    Originally posted by Holla09 View Post
    Thank you! Did it have any aging affect on the lumen? Would you recommend scraping the lume off prior to aging and reapply after the vinegar bath?
    Hey Holla. Yes, it sure did have an effect on the lume! Take a look at the macro close-ups of the hands, above. There's lots of pitting and bubbling of the lume that wasn't there before the process. Now, although I have no idea whether lume ever gets in this state in reality, I really like it - so I'm leaving the hands as they are. But if you want to avoid it, then yes - remove the lume before doing the salt 'n' vinegar treatment, and then apply it afterwards.

    BTW, I will avoid using the term "vinegar bath" as that gives the impression that the hands are immersed, which they're not - they just get wafted with caustic fumes!

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  • Holla09
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    Thank you! Did it have any aging affect on the lumen? Would you recommend scraping the lume off prior to aging and reapply after the vinegar bath?

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  • p0pperini
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    Originally posted by Holla09 View Post
    Did you actually submerge the hands in the vinegar or set in a tupperware and let it evaporate up to the hands?
    The latter. I soaked a folded up sheet of kitchen roll in vinegar, microwaved it for a minute, put it in a large Tupperware container, and poured a load of salt onto it. Then I stood the hands (on cocktail sticks, stuck in blu-tack) on top of the steaming vinegar and salt laden folded sheet. I put the lid on and left it for about a day and a half.

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  • Holla09
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    Did you actually submerge the hands in the vinegar or set in a tupperware and let it evaporate up to the hands?

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  • p0pperini
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    Originally posted by Redheart View Post
    Wow, this is a great budget build! What is the dial opening size on that case? I am also thinking about a 6538 and a 6541 (I know right...) build.
    Thanks! The dial size for this one is 29mm.

    Originally posted by csr View Post
    Really nice work. How do you drill the lugs? From the inside with a short drill / chuck or from the outside with a bit of guesswork?
    This case already has holes drilled right through - but their diameter is too small (this is the same on all the budget vintage cases from JKF and similar - although I’ve never thought to ask anyone why the factory doesn’t drill them the right diameter in the first place!).
    Last edited by p0pperini; 05-01-20, 01:40.

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  • csr
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    Really nice work. How do you drill the lugs? From the inside with a short drill / chuck or from the outside with a bit of guesswork?

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  • Redheart
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    Wow, this is a great budget build! What is the dial opening size on that case? I am also thinking about a 6538 and a 6541 (I know right...) build.

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  • Matt5513
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    Originally posted by n0bby View Post
    Interesting info Matt, thanks. It'll be interesting to see if I have the same experience with the movement in this watch.
    I hope that only mine was in some way "odd"

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  • p0pperini
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    Originally posted by Matt5513 View Post
    I tried with the Tiger Concept big lollipop hand but had no luck with the "original" 2813 - the hand did not fit in any way - and had to change it with a 2813 from Cousins UK.
    Interesting info Matt, thanks. It'll be interesting to see if I have the same experience with the movement in this watch.

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  • Matt5513
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    I tried with the Tiger Concept big lollipop hand but had no luck with the "original" 2813 - the hand did not fit in any way - and had to change it with a 2813 from Cousins UK.

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  • WatchYourMouth
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    Cool pics man, i hope to have a build like this some day!

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  • lawlessflyer
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    Looks good! Great job man

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  • Thefakemasterfanclub
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    Masterpiece!


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  • p0pperini
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    Evening all! Thanks for your kind remarks and advice, I really appreciate it.

    Today I put the watch back together again (again), attempting to get it a bit more right this time than the first time round... I remembered to re-fit the spacer ring under the dial, and robbed a plastic movement ring gasket from the parts drawers (thanks to a Milgauss that bit the dust...). So the Sub's sub-parts don't wander around inside the case any more.

    After washing off the excess salt 'n' vinegar, the hands really have taken on a vintage look!

    And the metal mounted lume dot has been replaced by a correct style Athaya plastic one, with a mix of mars yellow/white acrylic paint colour inside to represent its long-since depleted lume.

    Here's some pics:























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  • lawlessflyer
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    Originally posted by n0bby View Post
    The Tiger Concept hands are now ordered, and in the meantime the stock hands spent the last 36 hours or so in their vinegar/salt atmospheric chamber. The result on first viewing, after such a short time, is quite remarkable...

    They don’t look as dramatic after cleaning off the excess super-accelerated oxidization... I’ll post some more pics tomorrow once I’ve reinstalled them (they can go on till the TC hands arrive).



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    Great thread man! Following and excited to see the Tiger hands as I'm still on the mager hunt on decent submariner hands......

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