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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A View Post
    My new 40th birthday present today, on a "Panerai-type" strap from Strapped for Time. My wrists are too thin for the otherwise beautiful included straps.




    That's a cracking watch, wouldn't mind one of those myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    I'm contemplating ........ about the shape of the crown. Such a taper seems very unusual (is it based on another design?) and perhaps awkward to grip?
    Quote Originally Posted by gray View Post
    The crown .......... shape is unique and I reckon it's taper is one of it's strong points - making it less likely to suffer from knocks and being caught as things "slip" off rather than get a grip. If you are a nail biter you might find it fiddly to extend the crown but I am not and don't.
    Great point. That’s the same reason I have for never liking "onion" or "diamond" pattern crowns if of the plain push/pull type because their aesthetically inspired shape does make them so prone to inadvertently getting pulled, yanked, caught, or knocked out to the set position. I imagine that even screw-down crowns having the same impact attracting onion/diamond shapes are more vulnerable to knocks, etc., putting, or perhaps better said, focusing, stress on the crown tube at its juncture with the case and its secure fit to it, especially if the crown tube is of the most common press-fit type.

    In that sense I think the shape of the PRS-30's crown has been very well chosen and I like the way it looks also, especially considering that its form so nicely follows function
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    Looks like the ammonia bath made quite a difference!
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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post


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    Eddie where could a mere commoner get that done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schofie View Post

    Eddie where could a mere commoner get that done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schofie View Post
    Eddie where could a mere commoner get that done?
    I used some Stardrops ammonia cleaner and sulphur soap from eBay.

    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    Those of you wanting to try different straps may have experienced how difficult it is to get hold of bronze buckles. If the strap is tapering to 22mm, one can use the buckle which came with the watch. But with 24mm parallel straps, a 24mm bronze buckle is nice - a SS doesn't look good against the bronze of the watch head. There are not many around. DiStefano has one - very expensive - but in 24mm size it is too big and bulky and looks out of proportion with the not so high 42mm watch head. Actually, with a 24mm parallel strap on this watch, I prefer a thinner strap (arund 3-3˝mm thick) and a thumbnail buckle instead of a Pre-V, so the strap-buckle combo won't overpower the watch head in a disproportional manner. But 24mm bronze/brass thumbnail buckles are NOT plentiful out there. The only one I was able to locate was sold by a vendor who has a reputation of non delivery.

    So what to do?

    I then remembered that earlier I read that another forum member (sorry, can't remember who, but he deserves to be credited) had made an approximation to bronze by heating a SS buckle with a blow torch. I dug out an old SS thumbnail buckle, took it out in the garden and heated it with the torch we normally use for making creme brulee. It worked. The colour is not exactly the same as bronze, but it will more than do in a pinch and it's much better than SS colour. Think of dirty brass with a reddish tint. Just remember to heat carefully and slowly and stop when the metal is dark brazzy looking. If you continue to heat, the metal will turn blue in no time. Actually, I learned that the hard way, so I only got it right with the second buckle. But oh well, SS buckles are cheap and easy to get.

    A quick and dirty phone picture:

    Last edited by Leif; 12th September 2013 at 11:25.

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    Joe at Diaboliq Straps also supplies a flame blasted ss strap, it's $20. I'm going to be fitting mine out with one on a distressed brown strap.
    Last edited by Schofie; 12th September 2013 at 11:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leif View Post
    The colour is not exactly the same as bronze, but it will more than do in a pinch and it's much better than SS colour. Think of dirty brass with a reddish tint. Just remember to heat carefully and slowly and stop when the metal is dark brazzy looking.

    Any pictures to share?! Sounds interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OliverCD View Post
    Any pictures to share?! Sounds interesting...
    I have now added a photo to my original post above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve748 View Post
    A limited edition that I think will be sought after in years to come.

    I wonder how may are left?
    Mine came today and is number 40. Not sure how many have been made?

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    What screwdriver size is suggested for removing the buckle? 1mm be ok? I need to order one and would prefer it be useful for other stuff as well.

    Cheers.

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    2mm, or the smallest flat head from one of those cheap small screwdriver sets you can buy anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael A View Post
    2mm, or the smallest flat head from one of those cheap small screwdriver sets you can buy anywhere.
    Thanks.
    I'm happy to buy a quality one if its reasonably widely useable. Would 2mm be mire practical than something a bit smaller that would still do the job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve748 View Post
    Try Here
    I'm glad I clicked on that from some of the photo's I thought this must be 47mm without crown. I thought it would be far to big to consider.

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    A patina confession

    So here it is. I am the proud owner of one of these lovely watches and decided to allow it to patinate naturally. I did however read an earlier post in which Eddie said that sweat is one of the best patination agents.

    Taking this insight, I returned from a rather intense 20 mile ride on Monday and promptly made my way upstairs as soon as I got in the house, where my wife was nursing our newborn daughter. I said the words 'don't judge me' to her then proceeded to smear my hard earned sweat all over the watch.

    There are two things I would like to confirm:
    1. Sweat is indeed an excellent patination agent
    2. If you do choose this approach, do it in private. I was judged!

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    One member confided that he nursed a PRS-30 in his armpit for a couple of hours following physical activity.

    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    I have said it before and I say it again. Don't ever mention this kind of advice outside the WIS closed circles, or they'll have us admitted to a secure ward. :-)

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    Finally started wearing this following arrival of a great Steveo strap and two separate orders of tools (ooops!)

    Amazing watch all round. Very pleased I took the plunge as the size is spot on.

    Some decent pics to follow in the next week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    One member confided that he nursed a PRS-30 in his armpit for a couple of hours following physical activity.

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    That makes me feel a little better about myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leif View Post
    I have said it before and I say it again. Don't ever mention this kind of advice outside the WIS closed circles, or they'll have us admitted to a secure ward. :-)
    ROFL!

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    Folks, on a more serious note has anybody successfully had another hole put in the straps that come with the watch? My wrist is just one hole too small for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schofie View Post
    Folks, on a more serious note has anybody successfully had another hole put in the straps that come with the watch? My wrist is just one hole too small for them.
    Yes a local cobbler punched a hole in mine, not the neatest job but it works and it didn't cost anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schofie View Post
    Folks, on a more serious note has anybody successfully had another hole put in the straps that come with the watch? My wrist is just one hole too small for them.
    I've ordered some shorter straps but they won't be available for about 8 weeks and will be supplied without buckle.

    Eddie
    Whole chunks of my life come under the heading "it seemed like a good idea at the time".

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I've ordered some shorter straps but they won't be available for about 8 weeks and will be supplied without buckle.

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    Good news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I've ordered some shorter straps but they won't be available for about 8 weeks and will be supplied without buckle.

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    Brilliant. Will keep an eye on the forum. Thanks Eddie

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I've ordered some shorter straps but they won't be available for about 8 weeks and will be supplied without buckle.

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    Good news, may have to get a smaller brown to offer an alternative.

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    I have just received one of these today, and thought I'd show how the patina is developing naturally.


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    As some of you may know, I had this up for sale but have now withdrawn it. I have been wearing it for the last three days and I can't for the life of me think why I contemplated selling it.
    Sometimes things work out for the best.




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