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Space Dweller build - 1016

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NCRich

I had been wanting to build a Space Dweller for a long time, but I didn't really know where to begin. It is really hard to find a decent 1016 with drilled lugs from a dealer and alls the build I saw with JMB case sets were just too expensive to justify buying to mod. Finally I got found an older version 1016 with 2824 ETA on M2M for a good price so I could start. Getting a dial was the big issue.

 

I asked Tripdog (who knows these things) what my options were and they were Yuki, some dude in Vietnam, ebay, and Helenarou. After some research on my part the Yuki and ebay dials had feet in gen locations and the size was wrong for my case. I really didn't want to molest a dial that I spent a lot of money on. After talking with Helenarou I felt comfortable with having them create the dial. Sent pic, got proofs, got pics, finally sent. About 1.5 months, not that bad. Custom dial, right feet location, correct diameter.

 

So the dial arrives:

 

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I drilled the lugs to the right diameter and did a little case modification. Trimmed the springbars and rounded over the ends. Looks good macro. I wanted a slightly domed plexi. The original Tropic 22 plexis that would have come on this were domed. Somewhere in the 1980ish time frame the T22 was switched to a flat top plexi with beveled edge. So all the older ones that have been serviced have that on them. I decided to go with a Tropic 21 (vintage daytona plexi) which is about the same size but has the dome look. I think it works well. Modded the bracelet to fit. Very clean looking watch which is what I wanted. I'm really happy with this. Now to pics.

 

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Foxindebox

That looks awesome mate! How much did it come to if you don't mind me asking?

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GC

Now that's a Christmas gift!

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SamsonAusKognito

Looks great and loomed very well :thumbsup:

I am a bit jealous of you :lol: such a beautiful watch

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RussP

Mary, Michelle or M ?

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BM284

Nice Rich - you've finally picked one up :thumbsup: yet another one of your collection I'll end up wanting from afar! ;)

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ROLIE

More Bloody watch parts lol

 

better get cracking rich and mod ya watch ,, pics when its done :giggle::drool:

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NCRich

Mary, Michelle or M ?

 

You can't get this dial from a TD.

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NCRich

More Bloody watch parts lol

 

better get cracking rich and mod ya watch ,, pics when its done :giggle::drool:

 

The watch is in pieces right now. I took it apart as soon as I took that pic. :lol:

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ellistyle1

Nice!

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Nickfive

Never been so jealous in my life!

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BM284
Never been so jealous in my life!

 

All good things to those who wait..... That's what I keep repeating to myself ;)

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splke

Looks tops that bud

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BM284

That didn't take long to put together - looks fan-bloody-tasic! :D

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dave47

Custom dial, Christmas comes early.

 

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Haven't modded the bracelet yet.

 

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BEAUTEOUS, N.! Just beauteous!! AND having done the dial swap yourself?? That's GREAT! Me? All thumbs! heh!

 

dave

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greg_r

Oh look. Rich has another Rollie. Well I never.... :P

 

Real, real nIce, though... enjoy it, mate! :D

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GC

Love it, that dial is awesome!

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GenTLe

Really classy watch Rich. Congratulations!

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nunu78

love the build, wear it in health my friend.

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Hunklee

This is an awesome watch! But 1.5 months to get a dial, thats really some waiting ya...

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tabuktime

Great necrobump, missed this first time round.  Love a story I've never heard before.  Bit of googling later, discovered the history of the piece. Interesting...

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Seembaheemba

Agreed, the history is one thing, but the beauty is also another.

 

Does anyone know how to mod the seconds hand in order to taper it down as per gen?

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