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    #31
    Originally posted by n0bby View Post
    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.
    Wow. Thats insanely clever. Great execution!
    Rolex: Cartel 1655, Cartel 1675, Noob DSSD (w/ Swiss ETA)
    AP: JF 15400, JF 15703, Navy ROO Chrono
    Other: IWC 3777-01

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      #32
      Originally posted by Netesac View Post
      n0bby Great job! Looks stellar.

      P.S. Can you provide some suggestions on how to chamfer the edges? I'm looking to do the same, but have been nervous about it. Pictures would help. Thanks.
      Netesac Hi buddy, sorry, I completely missed this question! I'm about to start on some case modding of a 1675, and I'll take some pics while that's in progress - however it's tricky to take 'em, because I do it with the watch case in one hand, and a diamond file in the other...

      I've tried using a Dremel a couple of times but it's way too heart-stoppingly fast and furious for my liking, so I'm finding I prefer to go slowly - with a set of cheap diamond files from eBay. There's not a lot to describe really; start off with the wide flat diamond file to get the chamfer (using online close-ups of the look you're aiming for as reference). File across the lug edge, not along it. Once the chamfer look about right, give them a sanding with fine grit sandpaper wrapped round something flat (I use an emery board) and then I finish with a buff on my cheap variable speed buffing machine (fleabay again). This will tend to soften the whole thing, but that's what I prefer on these vintage cases.

      Oh, and the final touch is to re-brush across the tops of the lugs with scotch-brite pad, diagonally, to reinstate the brushed finish that they always have (use any Sub pic as reference!).
      Last edited by p0pperini; 31-01-20, 10:21.
      FrankenSubs! - Subs! - Daytonas! - Seamasters! - A 1675 Adventure - A Budget 6538 build - Tudors! (COMING SOON!)

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        #33
        I might suggest to go for the high quality swiss file, for the flat and the semi ronde diamonf file. They will Outlast you, while the cheap ones are so rough and will fail eventually.

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          #34
          Originally posted by Redheart View Post
          I might suggest to go for the high quality swiss file, for the flat and the semi ronde diamonf file. They will Outlast you, while the cheap ones are so rough and will fail eventually.
          You gain on efficiency and time and précision for after buffing

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            #35
            Originally posted by Redheart View Post
            I might suggest to go for the high quality swiss file, for the flat and the semi ronde diamonf file. They will Outlast you, while the cheap ones are so rough and will fail eventually.
            Thanks Redheart - I'm always looking for the excuse to upgrade from my cheapo amateur tools to something that makes me feel more professional (even if the results are still amateur...) - would you have any recommendations/links?
            FrankenSubs! - Subs! - Daytonas! - Seamasters! - A 1675 Adventure - A Budget 6538 build - Tudors! (COMING SOON!)

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              #36
              n0bbyRedheart Thanks for the suggestions. Would love to see some pictures. Also, please link to your 1675 project. That is next on my list ​​​​​​​

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                #37
                Originally posted by Netesac View Post
                Also, please link to your 1675 project. That is next on my list
                Here you go Netesac

                Ooh! That was my 1000th post. Yay!
                Last edited by p0pperini; 31-01-20, 19:45.
                FrankenSubs! - Subs! - Daytonas! - Seamasters! - A 1675 Adventure - A Budget 6538 build - Tudors! (COMING SOON!)

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                  #38
                  Congrats on the 1000th!
                  Originally posted by n0bby View Post


                  Thanks Redheart - I'm always looking for the excuse to upgrade from my cheapo amateur tools to something that makes me feel more professional (even if the results are still amateur...) - would you have any recommendations/links?
                  Oh I am no pro either! But after doing two watches with the cheapo diamond and rasp file, I know they really suck badly.
                  Then I thought, what the heck let's try good file, and then I looked a bit for info.
                  Diamond files are the best because they are solid, they cut in all direction.

                  Here is the set I bought, the fine one that is the cheapest of the 3, those are finishing files, and are very small, it's perfect for watchmaking and jewelry grinding. Try to buy only the flat and the semi ronde. I use them 90% of the times.

                  https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/va...-files-classic



                  You will need a handle, I have bought this one

                  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pferd-12299.../dp/B003CP0ORO

                  I am sure one can find good quality japanese diamond file for half the price though!


                  Oh and this is a must, and will save you precious fingers! The jaws are rubbers, it's perfect for small jobs! I really like it a lot.
                  https://www.otelo.fr/is-bin/INTERSHO...gn=ConfCdeInt1
                  Last edited by Redheart; 31-01-20, 22:50.

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                    #39
                    Once again, thank you Redheart for sharing your recommendations. I've ordered a set of the Swiss A * F diamond needle files from Cousins, which seem a decent spec for less money (I really am a cheapskate). I already have that Stanley vise, it is a handy and versatile piece of equipment!
                    FrankenSubs! - Subs! - Daytonas! - Seamasters! - A 1675 Adventure - A Budget 6538 build - Tudors! (COMING SOON!)

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                      #40
                      Originally posted by p0pperini View Post
                      Here you go Netesac

                      Ooh! That was my 1000th post. Yay!
                      p0pperini Thanks!

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                        #41
                        Just abosultely phanstatic...this masterpeice under a white dinner jacket... ;.-)

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