Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:49 PM
I have the intenction to build a 3646 with california dial. I've asked to nightwatch if the silix case is enogh good and he answered that this case doesn't need a re-shape: it is correct?
For the bezel and the plexi I think that the original Silix ones are good: do you aggre? For the case back I think that the Silix is good for the first time but after that I have the intection to use a more accurate one.
So for the dial where I can find a very accurate one (with the swiss made text of course )?
Last but non least the movement: I'm going to use a molnija 3602 with Nightwatch brass ring...
P.S. For solder the lug how can I do?
Posted 09 May 2011 - 11:11 PM
Welcome to the board
The Cali is a great watch, I am currently collecting parts to make one myself!
The 3646 case from Silix is a great shape, NW is correct in saying it does not really need any re-shaping - some people do change it to soften the edges a little bit but it looks good as it comes from Silix
However, for a 100% accurate California case you would have to buy a NW case - he modifies the case and adds a lower bezel than the Silix bezel. The Silix plexi is okay but you can buy other plexis that have a flatter profile. You have a choice of sizes as you can try to re-use the silix plexi gasket or you could remove it and glue the plexi in place
You have a number of caseback options! You can stick with the Silix display caseback, or you can get a solid caseback or a thicker display caseback from either NW or Athaya on HomageForum.
Dials are quite limited - DSN has a good dial but it is quite expensive at $80... It also needs to be re-lumed to achieve the deep 'snowflake' lume effect. Or you could ask Athaya and say I sent you...
Does the Molnija have a high cannon pinion? You might need it!
For solder, you will need some Harris Stay-clean flux and some Harris Stay-Brite 8. There is a guide on HomageForum
I think you should pay a visit to HomageForum.com - plenty of people on there are doing similar builds and can help! A lot of them are on this forum too but there is more easily available information on there
Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:09 PM
thank you very muche for the answers!
I already know homage forum
Only a question what is it a high canon pinion? And the snowflake effect?
For the caseback the one i like is without the plexi and free from text (not like the silix one) with machined interior and rolex oyster text , but of course this is a deletable add-on
Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:57 PM
This thread shows you how to change a standard CP for an H3 (or another) CP:
and it also has a pic showing you the difference between the standard and H3
Or... These are custom super-high versions!
Snowflake lume is like this - deep and looking like piled up 'powder'
It is hard to do and you would have to get a standard dial re-lumed to get that effect! (Or learn and do it yourself! )
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