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1680 Red (at it again)

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    1680 Red (at it again)

    We’ll I’ve been at it again with another 1680 Red Submariner. Watch came to me modestly modded but in need to some serious rework and cleanup. Along with the basic work I took some time to experiment and hone in on some of the small, subtle details:

    - A2813 movement for the slow beat movement of the sweep hand

    - Cartel case as a basis for the design - reshaped lugs, recut chamfers, reshaped CG’s, and repolished

    - Clark’s crystal

    - RT hands, aged in all natural Pacific Ocean salt water then relumed with the dial

    - Dial is a stock Cartwl dial that was maybe a bit overzealously painted. Dial was cleaned and then relumed

    - WSO bezel assembly eased and repolished

    - WSO insert faded and aged to a navy blue/black. Service pip relumed to match dial and hands

    - Case countersunk for Athaya crown and tube. Edges eased

    - Lugs drilled out for 2mm spring bars, WSO 580 end links installed, and bracelet modified to work with 2mm spring bars

    - DWO cooked to a slight yellowish tone

    Enjoy!

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    #2
    Amazing what a little skill can do to a Cartel. Great job on the lime and case work. A 1680 is next on my list.

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      #3
      May I ask how did you age the hands? Just simply soaking in a glass of water soak with salt?

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        #4
        To age hands I use a 1500 grit sand paper to very, very lightly scuff up the surface in all directions. Then I soak the hands in an organic sea salt water and vinegar mixture overnight. I take the hands out and let them air dry - don’t bother dabbing off the liquid when you pull them out.

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          #5
          Looks great! Thanks for the tip.

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