My Watches

avn mech posted:

I have a Marathon that needs a new stem and crown (?). Who should I contact? 

I had the same issue with my GSAR, bought in 2010 and stem threads were stripped by 2016.

I contacted Marathon directly and they recommended Jake, work was excellent and turnaround time was reasonable (<2 week’s?)

Jack Alexyon

info@internationalwatchworks.com
www.internationalwatchworks.com

treehopr posted:
avn mech posted:

I have a Marathon that needs a new stem and crown (?). Who should I contact? 

I had the same issue with my GSAR, bought in 2010 and stem threads were stripped by 2016.

I contacted Marathon directly and they recommended Jake, work was excellent and turnaround time was reasonable (<2 week’s?)

Jack Alexyon

info@internationalwatchworks.com
www.internationalwatchworks.com

What was the cost?

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treehopr posted:
avn mech posted:

I have a Marathon that needs a new stem and crown (?). Who should I contact? 

I had the same issue with my GSAR, bought in 2010 and stem threads were stripped by 2016.

I contacted Marathon directly and they recommended Jake, work was excellent and turnaround time was reasonable (<2 week’s?)

Jack Alexyon

info@internationalwatchworks.com
www.internationalwatchworks.com

I used Jack at IWW to service my GSAR a few years back, no complaints. Turnaround was a week or so and the price seemed reasonable. 

Joined: 13AUG2010         Location: Southern Arizona 

avn mech posted:
treehopr posted:
avn mech posted:

I have a Marathon that needs a new stem and crown (?). Who should I contact? 

I had the same issue with my GSAR, bought in 2010 and stem threads were stripped by 2016.

I contacted Marathon directly and they recommended Jake, work was excellent and turnaround time was reasonable (<2 week’s?)

Jack Alexyon

info@internationalwatchworks.com
www.internationalwatchworks.com

What was the cost?

I don’t remember off the top of my head but digging through an old email attachment for pricing shows $75 for crown replacement plus $17 for return shipping.

Don’t know if those prices are current.

avn mech posted:

I have a Marathon that needs a new stem and crown (?). Who should I contact? 

I contacted Jim Madrid back in February when my TSAR crashed. He put me in touch with Jim at MKII Watches.    watchmaker@mkiiwatches.com

Their web site  is www.mkiiwatches.com.

They have a military/LE discount. Mine was repaired with the outside bezel replaced for around $150. It did take about 5 weeks, but the work is flawless, and it's keeping time like a champ. I'd highly recommend them.

 

adh posted:
shoobe01 posted:
kaltesherz posted:

 

So THAT is what MP5s are good for these days  

What I want to know is where did she get the MP5?

Seriously though, that's good work on a 007...does she have a website by chance?

It looks way better in person, that picture doesn't do it justice. She just retimed it so it only adds 1 second a day (!!!). Plus she just restored my dad's 50 year old beat to shit Seiko and is in the middle of a vintage Omega Seamaster project for me as an anniversary present.

Dating a watchmaker has it's perks...

She doesn't have a website yet, but here's her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_a_diaz_/

Feel free to contact her for any work, she's great at mods and case restorations. 

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Joined: 2/21/04          Location: Seattle,  WA

Does she have a sister that's a gunsmith? Asking for a friend.

"Number 7 was interesting. My third leadoff homer in three games. I had used the same bat for the first two homers. I had planned to keep using that bat until I broke it. But while I was on deck, I put it back & took out another bat. You want to know that it's you and not the bat."- Brady Anderson, Baltimore Orioles.

 

Home: Eugene, OR. USA

Kalteshertz:

 

Here's an idea for the future: In the past members of our community have commissioned LF challenge coins, etc. I realize that she's a student & don't want to overwhelm her in the midst of her studies. However, maybe once she's graduated, commissioning a LightFighter Watch. I'm thinking a Diver w/ a high quality movement, good lume & date/time complications. Lastly, a watch face that symbolically represents the fighting spirit of our community. If she could figure out cost & a minimum order necessary I'd be down for one. Being that this thread is one of the oldest & most popular on LightFighter, I'm sure that there are other members that would be interested. Please, let me/us know if she'd be interested in making it happen.

"Number 7 was interesting. My third leadoff homer in three games. I had used the same bat for the first two homers. I had planned to keep using that bat until I broke it. But while I was on deck, I put it back & took out another bat. You want to know that it's you and not the bat."- Brady Anderson, Baltimore Orioles.

 

Home: Eugene, OR. USA

Whoops, I meant to say date & day of the week complications.

"Number 7 was interesting. My third leadoff homer in three games. I had used the same bat for the first two homers. I had planned to keep using that bat until I broke it. But while I was on deck, I put it back & took out another bat. You want to know that it's you and not the bat."- Brady Anderson, Baltimore Orioles.

 

Home: Eugene, OR. USA

No date or just date @ 4:30. 42mm or 44mm at the largest. For movement, it is hard to beat Seiko for a very solid dependable workhorse.  Inexpensive enough to run them until they die and replace. More expensive movements require servicing that costs more than a new Seiko. 

 

Good luck.  It was a major endeavor to just get some commonality of the desired attributes of a pack.

I would dig a Benrus Type-2 mod.  

Subterfuge engraves some of his mods with a grenade on the crown, IIRC.

Mod work at any volume, beyond a handful, would be a lengthy effort though.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

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bodhisattvya posted:

Kalteshertz:

 

Here's an idea for the future: In the past members of our community have commissioned LF challenge coins, etc. I realize that she's a student & don't want to overwhelm her in the midst of her studies. However, maybe once she's graduated, commissioning a LightFighter Watch. I'm thinking a Diver w/ a high quality movement, good lume & date/time complications. Lastly, a watch face that symbolically represents the fighting spirit of our community. If she could figure out cost & a minimum order necessary I'd be down for one. Being that this thread is one of the oldest & most popular on LightFighter, I'm sure that there are other members that would be interested. Please, let me/us know if she'd be interested in making it happen.

I mentioned it to her last night and she was pretty flattered by the idea, but she mentioned it's not a cheap or easy proposition. She's busy with school until she graduates in Aug, which gives us plenty of time to kick around ideas and see how viable it really is. 

I'd suggest sticking with a Seiko based mod to keep the price down- there's a ton of aftermarket parts already out there to help customize, and it's already a proven movement. Dials, bezels, inserts, chapter rings, and hands are all over the place. I like the idea of a custom crown, maybe a small logo on the dial, and engraved caseback. 

I'm a sucker for the old MCLMM stuff personally...

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CPL Charles Gaffney KIA 24-Dec-08

 

Joined: 2/21/04          Location: Seattle,  WA

These guys sell a lot of Seiko mod parts, including blank dials that a local guy (who does awesome dial work) can do a custom design for a Lightfighter / MCLMM watch. 

https://www.dlwwatches.com/collections/dials

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Joined: 2/21/04          Location: Seattle,  WA

jcustisredux posted:

Good luck.  It was a major endeavor to just get some commonality of the desired attributes of a pack.

I would dig a Benrus Type-2 mod.  

Subterfuge engraves some of his mods with a grenade on the crown, IIRC.

Mod work at any volume, beyond a handful, would be a lengthy effort though.

Subterfuge, does excellent work. I'm wearing an SKX007 with a Sumo dial, Marine Master hands, and double dome sapphire AR crystal, he built for me. 

I’d probably be in for a forum watch. 

 Especially if its Seiko 007/009/Turtle based

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I would be in for a LF watch. Subterfuge is the man to do it, being a Lightfighter himself.
That said, it may be a good idea to clean up what we want from the watch, so that he doesn't have to kill so much time dealing with a LF committee. I was very pleased with the watches he has built for me, and his capabilities have only improved since then.

Maybe a simple either/or poll would help narrow down the options:
Let's start by assuming a Seiko movement.

1. Diver or Field or Pilot style?
2. Marathon style face or simply hashes at hours?
2A. Date or no Date?

2B. Use the LF challenge coin Moral Compass for the hour hacks: 12 Drunk, 1 Viking, 2 Asshole, 4ish Scorched Earth, 7 Condition One, 8 FILKSF, 10 NSR,  11ish Pirate
3. Blunt hands or Spear hands?
4. Colors?
FDE face, Gray Case, OD M67?
Gray face, FDE case, OD M67?
Bead blasted Stainless case, FDE face, OD M67?
Some other color scheme?
5. Bare watch or LF common zulu band?
5A. If LF common band, what stripe pattern should be used?
6. Auto or Quartz movement?  

6A. If Auto, should it be hacking movement? This is extra dollars.
7. Engraving on the back? 
"Friends, Family, Lightfighters"?
"Strength, Honor, Piracy"?
"Teh Awesome"
8. Lume or no Lume on face and hands? Silly. Of course it will have lume. The brightest lume we can get.

9. Anything else?

 

Has anyone been able to get ahold of Subterfuge lately? Not been having much luck via PM and email.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

 

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CAE5 posted:
jcustisredux posted:

Good luck.  It was a major endeavor to just get some commonality of the desired attributes of a pack.

I would dig a Benrus Type-2 mod.  

Subterfuge engraves some of his mods with a grenade on the crown, IIRC.

Mod work at any volume, beyond a handful, would be a lengthy effort though.

Subterfuge, does excellent work. I'm wearing an SKX007 with a Sumo dial, Marine Master hands, and double dome sapphire AR crystal, he built for me. 

Got a pic of that?  I'd like to get my SKX007 modded. 

Also need to sort out why it's running 10 sec fast for every 1 minute . . . .

SFF posted:
CAE5 posted:
jcustisredux posted:

Good luck.  It was a major endeavor to just get some commonality of the desired attributes of a pack.

I would dig a Benrus Type-2 mod.  

Subterfuge engraves some of his mods with a grenade on the crown, IIRC.

Mod work at any volume, beyond a handful, would be a lengthy effort though.

Subterfuge, does excellent work. I'm wearing an SKX007 with a Sumo dial, Marine Master hands, and double dome sapphire AR crystal, he built for me. 

Got a pic of that?  I'd like to get my SKX007 modded. 

Also need to sort out why it's running 10 sec fast for every 1 minute . . . .

Apparently in order to keep the price of 007's down they don't time them... like at all. Which is unfortunate as they can be extremely accurate if the effort is put in. 

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Joined: 2/21/04          Location: Seattle,  WA

I am probably the last guy to get a mod’ded 007 from from Subterfuge (Artifice Horoworks).  

I can’t speak for him relative to a group project, but his schedule and work queue has been crushed of late.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

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Joe007 posted:

How much would it be to do a compilation of all the coolest Seiko dive watch features?

I spent between 350 and 450 each on the two watches I had done. The "America Especial" was simple swap of parts, the BillPete retirement watch was hand painted face, custom Cerrakote, engraved case back, etc.

SFF posted:
CAE5 posted:
jcustisredux posted:

Good luck.  It was a major endeavor to just get some commonality of the desired attributes of a pack.

I would dig a Benrus Type-2 mod.  

Subterfuge engraves some of his mods with a grenade on the crown, IIRC.

Mod work at any volume, beyond a handful, would be a lengthy effort though.

Subterfuge, does excellent work. I'm wearing an SKX007 with a Sumo dial, Marine Master hands, and double dome sapphire AR crystal, he built for me. 

Got a pic of that?  I'd like to get my SKX007 modded. 

Also need to sort out why it's running 10 sec fast for every 1 minute . . . .

Used to be on page 89 of this thread. Then phtobucket did away with allowing links. Guess I need to look into if there is an alternative site.

Maybe imigur is the best current option?

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

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Sub's office moved and I believe he's doing watch stuff full time now (I didn't know it was a side thing before) and got in a new and bigger Cerakote oven, and will be devoting time daily to admin and email stuff. This all according to his Instagram page. Might explain why he's been busy. 

He's got my SKX007 he made for me to re Cerakote it, and I'm not complaining about the wait since he's consistently refused to take more money for it from me, despite it definitely being a smaller project for him. 

 

Edit: Sharing Sub's post from the 'Gram here for those who don't have it:

@Artifice.HW

Well. I'm not swyping that all out again.  The gist is that a lot of loose ends are finally tied up, so even though technically I've been artificing full time for a month and a half, it hasn't actually worked out that way.  Things are better now, but still a lot to do to get truly settled after moving my office. Big batch of cerakote underway, including Cam’s replacement Zilla, a Mk-V or two, Luke’s black SKX, Jonathan’s SNZG bezel, a bunch of other orders, and some stock bezels and crowns, and AHW crowns.  Some of those last few will be listed on the website in the near future.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for a Sinister SKX007 that will be for sale due to the intended owner facing some health problems. 
Other To-Dos for next week- -Need to find out what's up with the engraving, that holds the final pieces for a ton of projects. -Check back in on printing for P-F, Seawolf homage, H’s ultimate 6306, and a few others. -Check on missing dials for Matt's SARG -Lume Mk-V dials, finish Leon’s red crown stripe -I'll be able to at least go through my forwards from Ryan next week, and will be allotting time each day for admin and email work. Speaking of Ryan - big congratulations are in order for the birth of his first child. 
The watch: P’s #Seiko #Sumo SBDC001 with 22mm lugs in graphite black #cerakote, SBDC027 dial and hands (still need to color fill the S hand), #sapphire crystal, #ceramiclumed bezel insert. 
Took the pics testing out my little lightbox studio, trying to get my photos to look a bit more legit. 
The next update, I hope, will have a lot more news about completed projects, especially the ones... (ends)

 

 

and from Sub's website, here: https://www.artificehoroworks....ate-of-the-art-2018/

 

Closing Out the “Side Business” Phase

As of January 23, building custom watches for Artifice will be my (nearly) full time occupation. I still have some mission critical responsibilities with the company that I have been working for since the early 2000s, but mainly, I will be focused on getting the watches that have been delayed over time, completed and out, catching up on the 1000 or so emails and messages, developing methods for processing batches of blasting and coating more efficiently, and working out the details on designs for cases, dials, and more, that have been knocking around in my head for a long time.

This past year, managing to keep the various balls in the air has proven impossible, at least for me. Too many things slipping through the cracks. Too many watches I have scheduled for assembly, and replied to an email for status update with an ETA, only to discover that a set of hands didn’t make it on an order, or somehow the stock of a certain bezel or crystal supply has been depleted. Too many emails I’ve briefly read in the middle of doing 3 other things, and then realized a month later I never sent the reply I’d been going over in my head. These issues have been compounded by some (non-life-threatening) health problems that have limited my ability to work for periods of time. This resulted in exerting where the most need was at the given moment, and that was usually at the “real life” job. Add in some family members hospitalized, facing more serious health challenges, and more time that I might have been working was diverted to the immediate need. This is not to say that it would have been impossible to avoid the current situation of perpetual behindness (probably not a word) and unresponsiveness, just that it may have been beyond my abilities, despite the fact that I usually feel like I can figure out a way to do anything.

Over the next week, in addition to a couple days with the family in the mountains, I will be going through the orders, looking at inventory, figuring out the things that I don’t have, and preparing quoting, social media and email access for the newly minted assistant that will finally be on-board.

Starting 1/23/2018, I will be working through the last 60ish days of email and messaging. As much as I want to get to every message ever sent, at some point, I just have to have a cutoff, or it will never be finished. I will try to get the status updates answered first, though it will probably be brief. If there is a quote request I can do off the top of my head, I’ll hit those too, since it will be fairly important to keep a roof over our heads throughout this adaptation period. The goal is to be caught up within 8 weeks to a 12 week backlog, and eventually get back to something resembling a 4 week turnaround on most watches, if not less, within 6 months. It could be before that, but given how things tend to work out….

 

 

 

 

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I'm looking for an inexpensive, but reliable automatic watch winder.  I know, you usually get what you pay for. 

And I remember someone saying "buy cheap - buy twice"

I went to amazon.  The reviews for the inexpensive ones are brutally negative.  Anyone know of a reliable brand of watch winder?  I would pay a little more for something reliable. 

We have been running Wolf winders

if you can put up with orange, Amazon has a deal going right now

https://www.amazon.com/WOLF-46...ds=wolf+watch+winder

 

Location Texas.

 

"So what are you gonna do if we get hit on this trip?" "Me?, I'm going to shoot some good pics of you nuking their ass. You do your job, I'll do mine. If I have to do yours,(unless you're the medic) we're probably all screwed!" - Standard reply , from Desert Storm through Iraqi Freedom

The GF got me this Omega Seamaster as an anniversary present- it belonged to a family friend's dad who passed away and they gave it to her. Story goes he bought it in Germany in the late 50's when stationed there and it was his daily wear watch for years. When she got it, clearly it had seen better days:

The case was pretty beat, crystal was trashed, and the dial had extensive UV damage. The gold crown doesn't appear to be original either. Yikes. 

So here's it now:

She refinished the case, replaced the crystal, got the correct crown from Omega, and serviced the movement (which btw is so complicated the Omega service center here sends them to Switzerland for work). The dial was way out of her league, but lucky for me one of the best refinishers in the country is local, Kirk Dial. I can't reiterate how much better it looks in person. It's like a new old stock 1959 Seamaster. I fucking love it.   

 

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That came out fantastic. How is it on keeping time?

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MOJONIXON posted:

That came out fantastic. How is it on keeping time?

Pretty good I think, she'll test it again today- she still has it as she's probably replacing the hands as well (mild corrosion). I was just way too excited about it to wait and wanted to show it off. I usually throw NATO's or Zulu's on all my watches but I'm getting an alligator skin strap for this one for sure too.

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Joined: 2/21/04          Location: Seattle,  WA

MOJONIXON posted:

That came out fantastic. How is it on keeping time?

She checked it out today, only gaining 1 sec a day

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1Lt Nick Dewhirst KIA 20-July-08          PFC Jason Watson KIA 10-Feb-09

CPL Charles Gaffney KIA 24-Dec-08

 

Joined: 2/21/04          Location: Seattle,  WA

kaltesherz posted:

 

Whole lotta fucking awesomeness.

 

 

Which movement does it have? I picked up a 1952 Omega a few months ago that has the bumper auto. The movement is clean but needs serviced. I believe the bumpers get sent back to the mothership for servicing.

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