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View Poll Results: Should An Aftermarket Bracelet Mod Be On TRF..
Yes.... Go For It....Should Be Interesting.. 70 70.00%
No, TRF should be pure to the Mothership 22 22.00%
What.... Heresey !!... I'll cancel my subscription if it runs 8 8.00%
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Old 24 July 2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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Aftermarket Bracelet.. UNSPEAKABLE ?..or Not.. A TRF Proposition..

As many have found out, a 14060M, or early GMT, etc, with the 93150 bracelet and 501 end-links leaves you holding the bag as far as SEL's, etc.. There are also many with early watches who don't feel the 1,000 dollar price tag for a replacement..and still get hollow links, is worth the money..

There are aftermarket bracelets available with SEL, but they don"t fit...without some modifications..

We're not talking counterfeit, or replica; we're talking about a quality 316L stainless steel bracelet with solid end-links and solid center links..

I have run across one:
Here it is in my shop.... this is the machine shop, and not at my watch hobby bench..



THE PROPOSITION:

If there is enough interest to see the process, I will modify an SEL to fit a non-SEL watch. I will try to use common tools that many may have such as a Dremel, etc so any DIYer can attempt it..

I'll run a series over the next few weeks detailing the steps you would take, probably in more detail than really needed, if you ever want to undertake such a project...

or I'll screw it up beyond belief..

If there's not really any interest, then, of course, I save myself some work and photo pixels...

So, ........

................. What do you think TRF.....
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Old 24 July 2009, 09:37 AM   #2
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100% sure you can do it!
you can do it, Larry!
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Old 24 July 2009, 09:38 AM   #3
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For you premature guys who are quick on the trigger...

........ It's a poll too.........
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Old 24 July 2009, 09:39 AM   #4
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Cant wate... Ill be following.
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Old 24 July 2009, 09:46 AM   #5
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For you premature guys who are quick on the trigger...

........ It's a poll too.........
fine, fine, i'll vote, too.
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Old 24 July 2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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I voted to cancel out of pure meaness.
I really think this a worthy pursuit and look forward to your work, great idea Tools!
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Old 24 July 2009, 09:54 AM   #7
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I'd buy one from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sounds like a great idea! lets see it happen!
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Old 24 July 2009, 09:55 AM   #8
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SWEET! I'm really looking forward to this project. Can't wait!
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Old 24 July 2009, 10:03 AM   #9
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Such BLASPHEMY!!


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Old 24 July 2009, 11:24 AM   #10
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You really want to trust a couple-few thousand dollars to be held to your wrist with a piece of modified auction metal?

I'll admit, that I've tried a couple; only to be disappointed. Both were close calls and never again.
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Old 24 July 2009, 11:59 AM   #11
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You really want to trust a couple-few thousand dollars to be held to your wrist with a piece of modified auction metal?
What do you think spring bars are?
1mm thick pieces of metal.
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Old 24 July 2009, 12:17 PM   #12
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I voted yes because I am genuinely interested to see how it looks and hear how it feels...I also think that to "rest" a possibly tired old original bracelet, preserving it for value's sake is sensible.....of course old original bracelets can break so a very good non-original item could offer more security, hence there are a few good reasons for doing it......however, if it bears the coronet on the clasp then surely it must be seen as counterfeit or replica.....the coronet logo must have a copyright????....I am not as anal about it as many probably would be so as I said, I voted yes
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Old 24 July 2009, 12:22 PM   #13
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You really want to trust a couple-few thousand dollars to be held to your wrist with a piece of modified auction metal?

I'll admit, that I've tried a couple; only to be disappointed. Both were close calls and never again.
Oh my goodness..............

We must shop at different places...........
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Old 24 July 2009, 12:26 PM   #14
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.........however, if it bears the coronet on the clasp then surely it must be seen as counterfeit or replica.....the coronet logo must have a copyright????....I am not as anal about it as many probably would be so as I said, I voted yes
Replicas or counterfeit products are usually cheaply made as the intent is to deceive.........

TRF does not condone or approve of counterfeits........ and yes, the Rolex crown is a trademark, so any watch products with it are trademark infringement products.. fakes..
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Old 24 July 2009, 12:32 PM   #15
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Nothing wrong whatsoever with a high quality aftermarket bracelet. I think it's a good idea to explore.
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Old 24 July 2009, 12:35 PM   #16
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Replicas or counterfeit products are usually cheaply made as the intent is to deceive.........

TRF does not condone or approve of counterfeits........ and yes, the Rolex crown is a trademark, so any watch products with it are trademark infringement products.. fakes..
.............I wouldn't do that to you guys..........

There are some excellent aftermarket bracelet manufacturers though...
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Old 24 July 2009, 01:38 PM   #17
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Go for it, Larry.
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Old 24 July 2009, 10:47 PM   #18
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I see no reason why this can't be done. Like you said - it is an aftermarket bracelet, absent of any trademark infringement logos.

Go for it Larry.
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Old 24 July 2009, 11:05 PM   #19
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I'm with the majority here, curious to see how it works out.
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I'm still waiting for you to brush the lugs on the 116520.
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Old 25 July 2009, 12:55 AM   #21
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I'm with the majority here, curious to see how it works out.
So am I.....

I have double vision in one eye and my hands shake a lot more than they used to..............
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Old 25 July 2009, 12:56 AM   #22
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I'm still waiting for you to brush the lugs on the 116520.
Ouch :P
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Old 25 July 2009, 01:08 AM   #23
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Old 25 July 2009, 01:19 AM   #24
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You do not need to do it for me Larry, but I'm sure it will be usefull on the longterm for all members.
I may need an new or nice used original bracelet for a 1655 by january , but I'd rather want the original thing before a modified one.
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Old 25 July 2009, 02:00 AM   #25
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I hope you give it a try, my bracelet sure needs replacement (worn daily since 74') and the cost of a rolex one is out of sight. So sure I hope you end up with a great, affordable product. I wouldn't mind Rolex knowing there was a competitive bracelet available.

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Old 25 July 2009, 02:51 AM   #26
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I hope you give it a try, my bracelet sure needs replacement (worn daily since 74') and the cost of a rolex one is out of sight. So sure I hope you end up with a great, affordable product. I wouldn't mind Rolex knowing there was a competitive bracelet available.

Thanks - Chuck
I'm not going to compete with anybody......... I'm much too lazy to turn this into a job or work of any sort........... I just like to tinker..........

But I will show you how to do it yourself if you want to.......
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Old 15 February 2010, 06:12 AM   #27
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Whatever happened to this project?
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