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    Ouch - that is a serious case damage. While this thread has shown that Rocco can do miracles, I wonder if a service case (if that exists) from RSC wouldn't be a better option in this case.

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    Stepped off a bike at speed ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbear View Post
    Ouch - that is a serious case damage. While this thread has shown that Rocco can do miracles, I wonder if a service case (if that exists) from RSC wouldn't be a better option in this case.
    A service case might well be worth considering but then, to a lot of people, it wouldn't be the same watch. Plus the second hand value would take a clout as it wouldn't have the original serial number.

    It was bought as a challenge (a pretty severe one at that) but Rocco is one extremely determined individual.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomaitch View Post
    Stepped off a bike at speed ?
    No idea how the damage was caused but I don't think it's simply a case of road rash. The dial is bent, as well as a couple of plates in the movement, so it must of had a pretty high impact.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegary View Post
    It was bought as a challenge (a pretty severe one at that) but Rocco is one extremely determined
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    Make sense then (assuming Ricco is the buyer) as the hours expected to go into this project will be "interest time".

    /Lars

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    Just read all the thread, and it's one of the best I've seen in ages. Can i please have Rocco's contact details

    thanks

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    I'm new to TZ-UK - I'm from WUS forum. Really enjoyed the before and after photos on this thread. I've sent you a PM Gary for Rocco's contact details.

    Quote Originally Posted by anoetic View Post
    Just read all the thread, and it's one of the best I've seen in ages. Can i please have Rocco's contact details

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegary View Post
    A service case might well be worth considering but then, to a lot of people, it wouldn't be the same watch. Plus the second hand value would take a clout as it wouldn't have the original serial number.

    It was bought as a challenge (a pretty severe one at that) but Rocco is one extremely determined individual.



    No idea how the damage was caused but I don't think it's simply a case of road rash. The dial is bent, as well as a couple of plates in the movement, so it must of had a pretty high impact.



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    Gary
    If you can restore this i would call this watch Christine.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085333/

    What a great thread this is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegary View Post
    Rocco picked up another project this weekend. Lord knows what happened to the watch but I fear for the arm of the owner!



    Cheers,
    Gary
    Damn!

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    Any pics of the crashed rolex rebuild/repair?!!

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    wow, sick! would never dream repairing things like these were possible at all. could someone please send me Rocco's contact details? cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmoris View Post
    wow, sick! would never dream repairing things like these were possible at all. could someone please send me Rocco's contact details? cheers
    http://www.watchworks.co.uk/contact.html

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    While I will never achieve the mastery of Rocco, I am in the process of fabricating a "poor man's" version of a similar lapping machine using a Leeson 3/4 motor and a pan/tilt mount for the case holder.

    Few more components need to be fabricated,but getting closer. Progress so far:



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    That's very interesting and good luck. What are you intending to use it for - re-lapping watch cases or something else?

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    Here's an example of what lapping and micro welding can do:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    That's very interesting and good luck. What are you intending to use it for - re-lapping watch cases or something else?
    Yes. I have a few vintage watch cases that need to be refreshed.

    I

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrema View Post
    Here's an example of what lapping and micro welding can do:



    Couple more:






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    Not trying to make replica watches look like genuine ones are we......
    http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/sho...d.php?t=197564
    Last edited by Tomaitch; 29th January 2015 at 16:51.

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    That is borderline witchcraft, in years gone by people were burned as witches for that kind of magic.

    I'm off to look for something old and battered in the auctions now.

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    Realy love what these machines can do b

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    Well, I read through the whole thread. I have some thoughts on this that conflicted.

    I'm not keen on the idea of polishing but I'm also slightly hesitant to send a case off to get this done. I'm not sure whether I would want to do so to a watch I've owned for a considerable amount of time. As a project on a restoration that absolutely required it maybe but one with the odd scratch. It's difficult to know how I'd feel about that.

    It truly is quite astounding work, though and I'm so tempted to find a beaten up watch to get this treatment, but one I've owned and known where the knocks came from, hmm I'm not so sure.

    I missed the chance to get an extremely beaten up 8000 seiko, if I had I can imagine getting this done would have made it twice as much. But a buyer looking for an original? Meh. Something that to ponder on and I guess try it!

    Superb thread! And now I need to sleep. Thanks so much to Gary for the effort here, too as well as admiration for the talents of Mr. Manfredi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegary View Post
    Rocco picked up another project this weekend. Lord knows what happened to the watch but I fear for the arm of the owner!



    Cheers,
    Gary
    Knox armour wrist protection. I would like to see this one completed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegary View Post
    A service case might well be worth considering but then, to a lot of people, it wouldn't be the same watch. Plus the second hand value would take a clout as it wouldn't have the original serial number.

    It was bought as a challenge (a pretty severe one at that) but Rocco is one extremely determined individual.



    No idea how the damage was caused but I don't think it's simply a case of road rash. The dial is bent, as well as a couple of plates in the movement, so it must of had a pretty high impact.


    Cheers,
    Gary
    Hi Gary,

    Any news on the BIG project?

    Roccos biggest challenge I bet.

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    Wow... Truly amazing work... I'll never look at a beat up watch the same again! I can't wait for the results of 'the work in progress'

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSTEEL View Post
    Damn!
    ouuuuch, I should imagine the wrist was in pretty poor shape as well ?

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    As another piece of work, Rocco has recently transformed this



    Into this



    I continue to commend his skills in this department, it is the 4th watch he has done for me, and I ma sure it will not be the last

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    As another piece of work, Rocco has recently transformed this



    Into this



    I continue to commend his skills in this department, it is the 4th watch he has done for me, and I ma sure it will not be the last

    Dave
    That does look good, but is it a trick of the light or the angle of the photo, but does the starburst brushing towards the upper left lug look slightly odd to anyone else? Bottom right and left lugs look as if the pattern is radiating out from the centre. Top left looks as if it's running kind of horizontally. Can't quite see the top right area as it's out of focus.

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by galewis View Post
    That does look good, but is it a trick of the light or the angle of the photo, but does the starburst brushing towards the upper left lug look slightly odd to anyone else? Bottom right and left lugs look as if the pattern is radiating out from the centre. Top left looks as if it's running kind of horizontally. Can't quite see the top right area as it's out of focus.

    Gary
    You know, I thought that when I looked at that photo, and I have spent a short while lining up a ruler over the centre of the watch.
    The fact is, it is not quite radial, but it is waaaay closer than that photo makes it look. The angling away form the lens has accentuated it.
    Good spot
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    Now that is impressive work. Please put up some pics when the Rolex is done.

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    Hi guys


    I contacted Rocco for my superocean which has a small dent on lower right lug. Unfortunately they do not take any overseas work as of now... a pain to me as Breitling can only propose a case change... does one of your know another "Rocco "?
    I'm really upset by that

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    If you're in North America try.
    http://www.lawatchworks.com/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by bricem13 View Post
    Hi guys


    I contacted Rocco for my superocean which has a small dent on lower right lug. Unfortunately they do not take any overseas work as of now... a pain to me as Breitling can only propose a case change... does one of your know another "Rocco "?
    I'm really upset by that
    Last edited by Nfranco; 14th January 2017 at 21:31.

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    I'm can simply say just amazing how good these watches look given the before pictures.

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