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  1. Spacefruit

    Spacefruit Prolific Speedmaster Hoarder Mar 25, 2020

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    About ten years ago, and I paid $800. It has an 861 movement.
    Interestingly it has 22mm lugs. And this photo shows it in the best light, and took me a long time to get. This is a truly awful watch in real life.
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    The dial and handset are very difficult to read, and I doubt it looked much better when it was new. The colour of the case has absolutely no appeal at all. Its one of those watches the more you wear it, the less attractive it gets.

    The back is stainless, (as seems to be the way with these horrible part gold watches)

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    So I have all the parts for the Japan Special, and I was about to send it off to SFW. Then I noticed I had a case in Stainless steel, bought back when Watchco Australia were selling off new parts.

    Really, this is the best it ever looks:

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    So I tried it on....


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    My new favorite watch. Ill post up some wrist shots in daylight...
     
    Edited Mar 25, 2020
  2. 140dave

    140dave Mar 25, 2020

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    Nice upcycle. Prob still hard to read but no longer hard to look at.
     
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  3. Biezmez

    Biezmez Mar 25, 2020

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    Wow, what a difference. Nicely done.
     
  4. WatchCor

    WatchCor Mar 25, 2020

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    Wow, what a makeover. Good call.....and dibs :p
     
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  5. Andy K

    Andy K Dreaming about winning an OFfie one day. Mar 25, 2020

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    I like the new case better than the old, but that dial/hands with a steel case looks...off. I would look one of the blue dials for a 145.029 or a soccer timer dial...
     
  6. jaguar11

    jaguar11 Mar 25, 2020

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    Amazing! Really brought alive!!
     
  7. Jonathan40

    Jonathan40 Mar 25, 2020

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    So proof you can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
    Great job William
     
  8. Transitus

    Transitus Mar 25, 2020

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    Good job. Surgery was definitely required and it looks like you removed the right bit :)
     
  9. JanV

    JanV Mar 25, 2020

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    Stunning result!
     
  10. khanmu

    khanmu Mar 25, 2020

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    Hmm..: so you changed the case. Then you’ll change the dial and hands... reminds me of Triggers broom

     
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  11. Om3ga321

    Om3ga321 Mar 25, 2020

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    Sorry for the harsh comment but to my eyes it still looks ugly.That dial colour is as the old saying goes "has a face only a mother could love".
     
  12. khanmu

    khanmu Mar 25, 2020

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    Oh, and I agree - it looks lovely
     
  13. mancio

    mancio Mar 25, 2020

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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
    Quite splendid sir!
     
  14. ChicagoFrog

    ChicagoFrog wincer, not a bidder Mar 25, 2020

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    I think it's awesome! The two-tone renaissance has a new face at the table ::love::
     
  15. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Mar 25, 2020

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  16. Sidnos

    Sidnos Mar 25, 2020

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    So satisfying when things like this happen!

    I completely get why it’s your new favourite, it would be mine too. A simple swap that yields excellent results are what would makes it special, or would to me! It already has story that means something to you.
     
  17. brownwld

    brownwld Mar 25, 2020

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    It is a killer in steel!

    enjoy :)
     
  18. Ravineman

    Ravineman Mar 25, 2020

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    Lipstick on a pig.

    Second dibs !
     
  19. cosma

    cosma Mar 25, 2020

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    Dramatic choice.
     
  20. Mossback

    Mossback Mar 25, 2020

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    I would never have thought! Well done.