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    Rolex 5517 Milsub, Rolex 1520 movement, Phong case.

    Little bit of a story behind this watch. Purchased on RWI towards the end of November 2019, it disappeared in shipment for 5 months, to be finally delivered to its new owner in May 2020. Where it spent those 5 months will no doubt always remain a mystery.

    The owner then sent it to me for some 'tweaking'. I found the dial & movement were moving around inside the case with the crown unscrewed, but the case back had been over tightened and I couldn't get it off. I epoxied a steel bar to the case back, waited 24 hours and was able to remove the case back.
    Inside, the movement retaining screws were fully screwed down, when they should be screwed out - thus pushing the movement down into the case. The dial measures 25.9mm, and the dial aperture 26.3mm. No wonder the whole movement dial assembly is moving around inside.

    It's not over yet.

    The 'gen' crown turned out to be a Phong rep, and one of the 'fixed' lug bars could be pushed out of the case with minimal effort.




    The seller says he replaced the case back gasket and greased it, but the gasket I find is dry and has a split in it (as does the gasket in the oroginal sales thread) and has been pinched in the threads (why it was so hard to unscrew),even the dirt on the case back is still there.

    In the sales thread pics, there is no noticeable damage to the case back teeth, but on the case back now there are multiple scrape marks where he's slipped at least twice with his case back tool, so he damaged the watch after taking the pics and shipped it anyway.


    This watch was originally listed for £3900, and eventually sold for £2300. It's condition was described as 'excellent'. The seller was of very little help when the parcel disappeared and it was up to the buyer to chase after the shipment, launch an investigation etc.

    The original sales thread:

    https://forum.replica-watch.info/for...nd-other-parts

    The owner wanted a real tool watch look to this Milsub, signs of use, patina on hands, lume etc - authentic looking with character - something the watch was sorely lacking in.

    Unfortunately there are no budget friendly ways of building a milsub, HR cases are terrible, the Cartel stopped selling their Milsub a long time ago; That only leaves Phong, MQ etc, meaning an authentic looking 5517 Milsub is out of many peoples reach financially.

    Specs on this one:

    Phong case.
    Phong dial & hands.
    Rolex T19 dome crystal.
    Rolex 703 crown.
    Rolex 1520 movement.
    Jensen insert.









    #2
    What a change!

    The result is stunning and that nato fits perfectly.

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      #3
      Awesome as always. Well done trip.

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        #4
        Wow.... Someone really wanted a 5517!!!

        Beautiful job Trip!
        "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful"

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          #5
          What a story...I'd be going crazy if my £2500 watch went missing for 5 months....and then turned up like that. A happy ending though..watch looks incredible. Amazing job as usual Tripdog!

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            #6
            The rep game is a wild ride sometimes. Great post.

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              #7
              The storytelling makes this one pop even more! Love your work

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                #8
                Thanks for the story. It's incredible journey this build has gone thru. The value in the experience is more than in the material goods.

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                  #9


                  Nice looking watch OP! My build is for sale - posting an eyecandy.


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                    #10
                    Originally posted by nexterag View Post
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                    Nice looking watch OP! My build is for sale - posting an eyecandy.


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                    Not relevant to this thread is it - you're just trying to sell your watch in somebody else's thread.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by tripdog View Post

                      Not relevant to this thread is it - you're just trying to sell your watch in somebody else's thread.
                      Huh? It’s sold buddy. Sharing the passion for 5517 builds. Lmao


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                        #12
                        Originally posted by nexterag View Post
                        Nice looking watch OP! My build is for sale - posting an eyecandy.
                        Originally posted by nexterag View Post
                        Huh? It’s sold buddy. Sharing the passion for 5517 builds. Lmao

                        Yes, it's sold now, but before it sold, it wasn't sold was it - buddy. That is to say when you posted your pic in my thread it hadn't sold, but now it has sold - a sequence of time related events you seem to be struggling with.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by tripdog View Post




                          Yes, it's sold now, but before it sold, it wasn't sold was it - buddy. That is to say when you posted your pic in my thread it hadn't sold, but now it has sold - a sequence of time related events you seem to be struggling with.
                          There wasn’t an alterior motive, I, like you enjoy 5517 builds and have had a fair few myself. I liked your build and story so I felt I would share a picture of my most recent milsub.

                          PM’d you to take this offline, but it goes without saying, I don’t feel the need to sell a watch on your thread nor ever intended to. Peace.


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                            #14
                            Great looking watch , very nice dial, and gen. Movement, if I came across a watch like this in EU for this price, I would not think twice. Very strange that somebody who starts such a build does not know about the movement screws, which have to be screwed out to fix the movement. Guess he had never before a gen. Movements in his hands. Congrats to new owner, he owns a great piece

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                              #15
                              Beautiful build, trip. 5517 has always been my grail watch, doubt ill ever be able to pull it off.

                              Does anyone know how ruby 5517 cases fare compared to phong and mq?

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