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horologicallyChallenged

It's like a completely new watch...

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So i've had my RLT 29 for about 13 years now, it was a gift from my dad as he it didn't suit him but I loved it unfortunately teenage HC was an idiot as such the watch has lost its original crown (unique to the Tag Edge) and had its strap broken several times and so its spent the last few years on a rubber strap i've never been that keen on and couldn't afford to replace with something I really loved all this meant that I ended up with this:

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Don't get me wrong I still loved it but the lack of original crown and movement bugged me and I still don't love that strap.

Recently I decided to give this watch a new breath of life as I absolutely love the uniqueness of it and the story behind it so I tracked down an original crown on ebay and grabbed that and found an ETA 955.112 which the watch would have originally shipped with if had of gone into production with a Tag stamp on it so i leapt on that too.

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So off it went to have the new movement fitted and crown installed, all well and good but before i received and email saying the watch had stopped. A few days later it was running fine and I got the watch sent back to me.

All was well and good but when the watch reached me it had lost half an hour, I thought this was a little odd but it may have just been set wrong or been excessively thrown around so I reset it and carried on. The next day it lost another half an hour so I set it again and carried on, that evening however I looked down and discovered I had lost 3 HOURS!

Not just that but the movement had leaked oil and stained my dial.

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And so back it went to have the movement removed so I could send it back on ebay for a refund, lesson learned never buy a used movement from ebay!

I was very fortunate that the install was done by @Roy who was not only able to source me a new 955.112 very quickly but also happened to have a gorgeous dial that would fit the watch, not only that but was able to source me a new second hand to match it at an incredible pace.

While all this was going on I decided I may as well go all out and so I commissioned a new strap from Steveo who made me a strap that actually perfectly fits my incredibly awkward 17.5mm lug width and perfectly suits the new aesthetic of the watch, and so a few weeks down the line I am now the proud owner of this beauty and it's like a completely new watch:

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Through this whole thing Roy has been amazing and I cannot thank him enough for his rapid turnaround, great communication and for just being a complete gentleman through this whole process.

Also I cannot recommend Steveo enough for custom straps, they are beautifully made and look fantastic!

Overall I am completely smitten with the new look of the watch and get complemented on it almost daily, even by non watch people and it just feels that bit more special.

 

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19 minutes ago, kanab22 said:

That's absolutely brilliant. Is it an RLT11 dial? Very nice indeed.

It is, I had a spare one.

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Awesome work from the Guv'nor, and I actually prefer the new dial to the original one  :notworthy:

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good collaboration all round gents and long may the watch serve you after all the effort to get it restored, :thumbsup:

deano

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5 hours ago, Roy said:

It is, I had a spare one.

And i am incredibly lucky you did, if i didnt know otherwise i would think the dial was designed for these!

11 minutes ago, Davey P said:

Awesome work from the Guv'nor, and I actually prefer the new dial to the original one  :notworthy:

It definitely looks more up market now.

8 minutes ago, deano1956 said:

good collaboration all round gents and long may the watch serve you after all the effort to get it restored, :thumbsup:

deano

It lasted 13 years of neglect and daily use with nothing more permanent than a couple of grazes in starting to think these things may be indestructible.

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9 minutes ago, deano1956 said:

good collaboration all round gents and long may the watch serve you after all the effort to get it restored, :thumbsup:

deano

nice in't it guv? more than can be said for Bonds Henry, i'm wise to that now, he's a con man, trying to pass it off as one made by the Dan bloke, good job @WRENCH exposed him. 

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Brilliant tale. Huge respect to all the participants. Proud to be affiliated to such honourable people through this excellent forum.

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fantastic story about the watch and how the boss has got it back together again enjoy

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