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    COMEX ... 5514 & 1665

    Hello everyone.
    Small review of my 2 COMEX, a 5514 and a 1665.
    I was finally able to reunite the one I had been looking for a long time.
    You just have to be patient ...






    #2
    5514

    Gen Rolex 1570 movement.
    Spring bar Gen.
    Needles Gen.
    Crown Gen.
    Vietnam case with correct engravings and inserts.
    Vietnam dial.















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      #3
      1665

      Case Work - thinning down the middle of the case, shaping + polishing the side profile, reshaping crown guards, reshaping the lugs, restoring the top and sides of the lugs, aging / vintagization with multiple polishing cycles in between
      - Re-cover the legs (clean)
      - Lug holes drilled to accept Gen spec spring bars
      - Re-drilled tube hole and tapping new threads for the tube hole
      - Drilled a bur for the tube in the housing and installed the Gen Crown + Tube and sealed the wires from the housing-tube
      - Vintagized between the lugs to mimic ~ 50 years of wear and to make the laser engraving look more Gen-like (so you can wear the watch with a leather strap as well)
      - New dial feet attached to the dial (for the position of the ETA movement feet)
      - Surface of the date wheel in brass sanded on a lathe
      - Date disc overlay (Rolex font with flat top 3, open 6 and 9) aligned and glued to the prepared ETA date wheel (aligned in the date window of the dial)
      - Aged / vintage (!) Date disc overlay
      - New movement of the movement stem + stem adjustment for the Gen Rolex 703/704 crown
      - Tropic 39 Superdome installed and sealed
      - Bezel ring slightly thinned and tight on the retaining ring
      - Bezel Insert aged and re-coated with acrylic lacquer after aging
      - Perle tritium bezel installed
      - Vintage lume matched on the dial and hands + Slight aging of the hands
      - Vintagized bracelet, butter-greased links and softened sharp edges
      - 580 Adjusted end buttons for thinner horns










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        #4
        Great projects! Well done.

        If I may be so bold as to suggest a couple of upgrades that will really set these pieces off:

        - Get a couple MK3 crownartcustoms (on Instagram) inserts
        - Consider hunting down some genuine Rolex crystals

        Wear 'em well!

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          #5
          Amazing watches, congratulations on putting together such a stunning duo.

          Each to their own, but personally I find that the heavily stitched and embossed straps detract from the classic simplicity of the watches.
          My FrankenSub Collection
          My Sub Collection
          My Seamaster Collection
          My 1675 Adventure

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            #6
            Originally posted by p0pperini View Post
            Amazing watches, congratulations on putting together such a stunning duo.

            Each to their own, but personally I find that the heavily stitched and embossed straps detract from the classic simplicity of the watches.
            Knowing your collection, I really appreciate your compliment.
            Regarding the bracelet, I am more leather in winter and steel in summer.
            After these leathers are quite fine and very flexible.

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              #7
              Pfft you people with your sexy watches stay away from my wallet thanks

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                #8
                Wow, awesome pieces! Did you build them yourself?

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                  #9
                  Hmm ? Yes very nice watches, but the 1665 COMEX dial is wrong. The Gen has printed "Oyster Perpetual" only.
                  On the 1665 COMEX Service Dial it is "Oyster Perpertual Date" but then is printed "2000 ft = 610 m" One of my Rep-Dials



                  and this is how a case-back of a 1665 COMEX looks like

                  One of my 1665 COMEX Case-backs




                  My collection: 2x Daytona 116520 NooB 4130 904L Black Dial , White Dial 2xAR, WR-100
                  Explorer II 42mm 216570 Noob Black Dial A3187 (Correct Hand Stack) 2xAR, WR-100
                  Explorer II 42mm 216570 Noob White Dial A3187 (Correct Hand Stack) 2xAR, WR-100

                  GMT-Master II 116710 LN Black Ceramic V7 Noob A3186 (Correct Hand Stack) 2xAR, WR-100
                  Submariner 16610LV JF on Rubber-B SA3135, 2xAR, WR-100
                  Submariner 116610 LN Black Ceramic V7 Noob SA3135, 2xAR, WR-100
                  Sea-Dweller 126600 ARF 904L SS Case and Bracelet A2824, 2xAR, WR-100
                  GMT-Master Vintage 1675 SS BP Best Edition Blue/Red Yuki Bezel A1570, 7836 bracelet, folded links, WR-100
                  Sea-Dweller 1665 Comex JKF Best Edition, Right caseback SN-2222, WSO-Insert, WR-100

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by DrDealgood View Post
                    Hmm ? Yes very nice watches, but the 1665 COMEX dial is wrong. The Gen has printed "Oyster Perpetual" only.
                    On the 1665 COMEX Service Dial it is "Oyster Perpertual Date" but then is printed "2000 ft = 610 m"........



                    cool man..........

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                      #11
                      awesome! thank you!

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                        #12

                        My collection: 2x Daytona 116520 NooB 4130 904L Black Dial , White Dial 2xAR, WR-100
                        Explorer II 42mm 216570 Noob Black Dial A3187 (Correct Hand Stack) 2xAR, WR-100
                        Explorer II 42mm 216570 Noob White Dial A3187 (Correct Hand Stack) 2xAR, WR-100

                        GMT-Master II 116710 LN Black Ceramic V7 Noob A3186 (Correct Hand Stack) 2xAR, WR-100
                        Submariner 16610LV JF on Rubber-B SA3135, 2xAR, WR-100
                        Submariner 116610 LN Black Ceramic V7 Noob SA3135, 2xAR, WR-100
                        Sea-Dweller 126600 ARF 904L SS Case and Bracelet A2824, 2xAR, WR-100
                        GMT-Master Vintage 1675 SS BP Best Edition Blue/Red Yuki Bezel A1570, 7836 bracelet, folded links, WR-100
                        Sea-Dweller 1665 Comex JKF Best Edition, Right caseback SN-2222, WSO-Insert, WR-100

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                          #13
                          Very cool. An older guy I did some work with came out on the boat one day, former sat-rat in the North Sea. He wants to go for a swim and takes his watch off and leaves it on the dash because “dang thing pops open if I’m not careful, lost it snorkeling once but was able to free dive down and find it.” I look at it while he’s in the water and notice it had COMEX written on the face.

                          I didn’t know squat about watches back then but I did know about COMEX from their crazy experimental chamber dives they used to do with Hydrogen mixes.
                          Buddy tells me he bought it off a guy on an oil rig because he wanted to buy a motorized scooter on shore. They thought that COMEX painted their name on it so it was probably worth nothing but still gave him a few hundred bucks for it because he felt bad.

                          I google “COMEX Rolex” when I get home and tell him he should go get it appraised ASAP. He calls me the next day and goes “I brought it to a jeweler I use, he offered me $20k cash on the spot for it so knowing him it’s gotta be worth $40k!”

                          Guy wore a COMEX sub as a daily for 30+ years and had no idea how special it was. He said he keeps it in a safe until he “croaks” and leaves it to his daughter. He figures it’s tax free inheritance. Hahaha.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by DrDealgood View Post
                            Hmm ? Yes very nice watches, but the 1665 COMEX dial is wrong. The Gen has printed "Oyster Perpetual" only.
                            On the 1665 COMEX Service Dial it is "Oyster Perpertual Date" but then is printed "2000 ft = 610 m" One of my Rep-Dials



                            and this is how a case-back of a 1665 COMEX looks like

                            One of my 1665 COMEX Case-backs



                            Yes you are right about the dial.
                            The one that is "Oyster Perpertual Date" is then printed "2000 ft = 610 m"



                            It's a detail that doesn't disturb me too much ...

                            On the other hand, the bottom of the box is not good at all.
                            All that's left is to find one.
                            An idea or find ?

                            The last point that will have to be changed is the date disc.
                            The font is good, but the ten numbers are not centered.

                            It will stay like this at first, it suits me well like this.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Replica01 View Post
                              Wow, awesome pieces! Did you build them yourself?
                              I would like to but I don't have the knowledge to do it.

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