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10 things you can do with a Cartel/JK 5513 Sub

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    10 things you can do with a Cartel/JK 5513 Sub

    OOTB these are pretty ugly, inaccurate watches, so one of the first things you could do is modify it - basically to make it less ugly.

    This is what the case looks like when you get it from the TD:









    As I'm sure you noticed, there's lots of things that are wrong - wrong case height, wrong shaped lugs, wrong shaped crown guards, wrong shaped bezel ring, wrong shaped crystal etc. So you'll need to remove metal - lots and lots of metal from the top, the bottom and the sides.

    I use one of these:





    Once you've corrected the lugs, case height, CGs and bezel ring dimensions and you've got the semblance of a 5513 case, you can polish it, brush it and add your chamfers:









    Before and after - a slimmed bezel ring next to a stock bezel ring:





    You'll need a dial, a set of hands, a crystal and an insert. Gen dials are nice, but expensive at $1.5k - $2k, so a relumed, aged Viet' dial will do - the finished article with a Rolex service crystal, fat font insert and a Rolex crown:

















    Sorry, but I lied about there being 10 things you can do with a Cartel/JK 5513 - IMO the only thing to do with these fugly things is modify them.
    Last edited by tripdog; 16-01-19, 14:04.
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    #2
    Superb write up as always trip

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      #3
      Damn that looks a million times better. Especially with the crystal change.

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        #4
        Looks great!

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          #5
          Now you state you can "brush it". Do you brush all your cases per "gen spec" and how much does that usually cost?
          "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful"

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            #6
            He Depp's it!



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              #7
              Interesting and job well done. To shape the case to gen specs represents a great deal of detailed work. What resources do you use to get the exact measurements of a gen case?

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                #8
                Originally posted by tripdog View Post



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                Last edited by cheld; 17-01-19, 13:29.
                GEN - 1982 Rolex 16013 "American Psycho" Champagne Tapestry Datejust; Omega 38.5 "Skyfall" blue AT; 1999 Omega 2531.80; Hamilton K454 "Sputnik"; 1967 Bulova Accutron 218D; Seagull 1963 Chronograph reissue
                REP - Rolex Explorer 5500 Gilt Dial gen case; 1988 Rolex 16610 TC Franken; V6F v2.5 Omega SM300 "Spectre"; Cartel Rolex 6238 Pre-Daytona; Johnny Lazar "Goldfinger" Rolex 6538; Rolex 6542 Albino GMT
                WISH - Rolex 5513 rep or Franken; Omega Moonwatch gen

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                  #9
                  Awesome job on the bezel, hats off
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                    #10
                    I have had a few 5513s. But I consider myself lucky to have a 5513 built by the op. It still remains my favourite watch and if you know me you will know I have many to choose from.

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                      #11
                      Mr Tripdog is a really magician.
                      I have also one of a modded tripdog build and I am still amazed of the result.

                      Really nice write-up and funny and interssting to read.

                      time goes by so slowly ...

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by bobandshawn View Post
                        He Depp's it!
                        you know it!
                        "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful"

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                          #13
                          Nice work there, I'll have to try using the particle accelerator on my next build.

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                            #14
                            ...a Master....

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                              #15
                              This guy is insane.

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