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    93EXCivic's mod thread

    So I am going to use this thread to document various builds that I have done/ am doing.

    My first mod I did was on a cheap $12 Soki mechanical from ebay. I replaced the dial with a 3-6-9 from Raffles, the hands aged with coffee, the case brushed with Scotchbrite, cyclops removed and bezel insert faded in bleach.



    Second one was a 44mm Pilot style watch. I got the Seagull 6497, hands and dial off the parts for sale forum at the other place and the PVD coated case from Manbush...



    The third one was a Luch one hander with the chrome removed from the brass and the crystal replaced with plexi.



    The fourth one, a Jackson 44mm Luminor homage case engraved by vilts, eBay Cali dial turned down to fit, Getat blue hands, Sternkreuz HWS plexi and skeleton Seagull 6497. This one was built for a very good friend who has been thru a rough time recently.





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    93EXCivic's mod thread

    So one of my mods I am working on now is a 45mm homage to a vintage Panerai 3646.

    The case I am starting with is a 45mm Radi style case from Jackson Tse.

    The difference between a modern style case and a vintage style case can be seen below.



    So quite a bit of reshaping will be needed to get the shape closer.

    Also the lugs are soldered on instead of using the screw down method on modern cases and there is soldering around the crown tube.

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    The idea is to end up with the case shape and plexi like the one below.



    And an aged creme dial like a 6154.



    Today I made a couple parts on the 3D printer to create a little jig to press the bezel out.



    The case was a rose gold case that I had laying around so if I mess it up it isn't the end of the world.

    Start of case reshaping and the dial that is going to be used can be seen in the picture as well. Looks like crap right now while I am roughing out the shape with a file.

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    The other on going mod is a 40mm Luminor homage. This one is going to be getting the case polished, a handwound ETA movement, a custom dial and a custom engraved caseback.



    I am currently sterilizing the case back before it goes to the engraver.

    Custom dial on the way.




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    I'm curious about how you brassed the Luch. I'm thinking about getting one of these and love your brass one far more than the chromed versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hayday View Post
    I'm curious about how you brassed the Luch. I'm thinking about getting one of these and love your brass one far more than the chromed versions.

    -hayday
    I took apart and dropped the case in Hydrochloric acid. Chrome came right off.

    I wear it quite a bit after I modded it.



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    Finished this one today. Getat 1:1 case, Asian 6497, custom printed dial, Jackson hour and minute hand, Athaya long tube second hand, relumed dial and hands with stealth blue lume.

    It isn't perfect. There is a little bubble in the lume in the hour hand and I had to touch up the dial when I damaged it a bit.


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