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  1. ulackfocus Jun 20, 2012

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    .... with a smile!

    Before (seller's pic):

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    After (Phone photo from Melanie at JLC in Texas):

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    It's a 1946 caliber 428 and it's on the way back. I'll take some good shots as soon as I get it in a day or two. The women in the customer service department are all great (Laura, Melanie, Michelle, and Allison?) but their photographic skills are a bit lacking. :p
     
  2. Steve Jun 20, 2012

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    That's a beaut !!. :thumbsup:
     
  3. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jun 20, 2012

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    Is that a cleaning or a refinishing?
     
  4. ulackfocus Jun 20, 2012

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    Complete refinish and restoration. JLC apparently has all their original dies and tools, or at least have them computerized. The reference 2285 that I'm wearing today was done by them a few years back. It's as close to original as any refinish ever gets.

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  5. cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jun 20, 2012

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    Now if we could only get them to do Omegas
     
  6. gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jun 20, 2012

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    Ouch is right! :eek:

    But the results seem to be worth it. Although I don't know if I would have redone the dial on this one.

    I too have a JLC on the way...seller's poor photo:

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    I'll have a little crystal and case cleaning work to do when it comes in. We'll ditch the Twist-O-Flex. Unlilke most eBay Memovoxes, the crowns look to be original on this example.

    Enjoy your new arrival,
    gatocpa
     
  7. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jun 20, 2012

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    Is that gold-cap/filled or solid?
     
  8. ulackfocus Jun 20, 2012

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    Nice snag E! Finally bagged a decent one. I bet it looks great under that scuffed crystal.

    Gotta see a better shot of the crowns because they look smaller than the diameter of the cut out in the case for them.
     
  9. gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jun 20, 2012

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  10. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jun 20, 2012

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    Oh that does look pretty cool! Why can't they make watch boxes like they used to, my Omega box with its red faux leather is shedding red dust everywhere and looks like it has herpes.

    I want something like that JLC box or those solid silver Grand Lux boxes.
     
  11. gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jun 20, 2012

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    Pretty sure they're the right ones. This model had small crowns for some reason. Here's another high grade example:

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    Mine look to have some honest wear. I hope they are signed. I've seen these with plain, "LeC" and "JL" crowns. Not sure which one or if all of them are original.

    Thanks,
    gatorcpa
     
  12. ulackfocus Jun 20, 2012

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    I never knew what was correct with LeCoultre in regards to logos either. That's part of the reason I avoid them and stick with the Swiss JLC models.
     
  13. kyle L Grasshopper Staff Member Jun 20, 2012

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    Nice watch Dennis! I would love a Master Mariner. :thumbsup:
     
  14. ulackfocus Jun 21, 2012

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    It's here, and looks MUCH better than the in the photo from JLC.

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  15. alam Jun 21, 2012

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    Nice. It probably looks much smaller than what it is on your wrist - what size is this one?

    BTW, the summer is here and it's getting hot! is not the time to be holding back on a new home AC unit for a JLC!! :D
     
  16. ulackfocus Jun 21, 2012

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    It's about 29 mm, but being all dial it wears like 32. :p:p:p (sometimes I crack myself up)

    "Getting" hot? We're past "getting" and into "f-ing" hot. :eek: The heat index was 105˚ today in Philly. 99˚ real temperature + humidity factored in. I think they should add a few degrees for the smell.

    AC repaired. Had a buddy owe me a favor and he's got a guy. Now we've decided to start throwing a few hundred a month into the savings account and replace the whole HVAC system next year. Thank God I'm pretty happy with my collection as it is. Besides, there's always overtime if I want another watch. ;)
     
  17. kyle L Grasshopper Staff Member Jun 21, 2012

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    Looks great with the new dial finish and looks like a totally different watch! You're killing me with the solid gold stuff...:p Here's one you might like, it belongs to my uncle.

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  18. ulackfocus Jun 21, 2012

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    Wow, that's in great shape. What are the odds of you "inheriting" that a little early? :whistling:

    Do you know what's under the hood - an 88x by any chance?
     
  19. gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Jun 21, 2012

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    That's pretty bad, even by our 90+90 standards. You know what they say, "It's not the heat...it's the humidity".

    Well, tonight it was the Heat!

    Enjoy the JLC,
    gatorcpa
     
  20. cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jun 22, 2012

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    That's a real beauty Kyle
     
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