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    Speedmaster Panda Mod

    I have always liked to modify standard watches. I have done a few Omegas in the past including modded planet oceans, 2254.50 and a few years ago a couple of Speedmasters.

    All have been sold and moved on. I recently purchased a panda CK2998 from sales corner. I really like the shape of the case and the bezel but the dial imo was too small due to the black minute ring. Also it was for me, not legible despite the blackened hour and minute hands.

    Anyway, having got the bug again I decided to do my second Mitsukoshi mod. This time I paired the dial with the Snoopy black hand set and it is now very legible.

    Anyway, it now looks like this.














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    I like it, very nice. S combination that certainly looks like it lives together.
    I am undertaking a Speedie mod myself at the moment, for reasons of legibility. When it is complete I will report on it.
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    I really like that. Good work!

    How easy is it to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deeez Nuuutz View Post
    I really like that. Good work!

    How easy is it to do?
    I always use an experienced watchmaker to do the mods. I have no skills in that area.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MFB Scotland View Post
    I always use an experienced watchmaker to do the mods. I have no skills in that area.


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    Ah thanks. Me either and I wouldn’t attempt it.

    Love how it totally transforms a watch.

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    My dream watch...let me know if you ever want to sell it


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    Oooh! Wow! That is stylish!! Now you need to do a Reverse Panda version as well to cover all bases!

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    Must be doing something right as 3 pms if I ever want to sell

    The shiny enamel bezel llifts it nicely compared to the steel.

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    Speedmaster Panda Mod

    This was my previous attempt around 2013 or so.

    I converted a 3572.50.




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    Totaly agree i had a ck2998 picked it up and realised i had made a mistake
    I couldn’t read the time at all and it just looked cluttered the dials to busy
    So i sold it bought a speedy pro and did the mitso mod the same as yours
    With snoopy main hands and white chrono hands
    The only thing i really liked on the ck2998 was the red second hand maybe next time
    I see you used the bezel from ck2998 looks good


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    I have the dial and hands in storage from the CK2998.

    I also picked up the Project Alaska red hand and I am thinking of changing my FOIS to this. I saw this one years ago and always loved the look.

    I would also get the bezel to complete the look.


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    Looks brilliant that, is it something you could have a go at yourself ?

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    Not me as I am ham fisted and very impatient


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    Couple of more traditional straps tried on this pm.















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    That looks very good mate.
    Also nice to have something a bit different.


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    Looks really good. I have a similar mod myself. What's the white strap in the first pictures? Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petewon View Post
    Looks really good. I have a similar mod myself. What's the white strap in the first pictures? Cheers.
    Hirsch Hevea


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    That's really rather nice, just looks classy👍

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    That would be a keeper for me it looks great, especially on the perforated strap.

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    Looks great, especially on the racing strap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFB Scotland View Post
    I have the dial and hands in storage from the CK2998.

    I also picked up the Project Alaska red hand and I am thinking of changing my FOIS to this. I saw this one years ago and always loved the look.

    I would also get the bezel to complete the look.

    That is gorgeous

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    I like that a lot! Can I ask the approx cost of the dial / hands and fitting costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonedgar View Post
    I like that a lot! Can I ask the approx cost of the dial / hands and fitting costs?
    About £800 or so.


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    Looks great. My mate on here (Kippax) has done one of these before but I really like yours.
    Looks better on bracelet for me :)

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    Not a fan of the speedy, but I like that panda mod a lot, just needs the red second hand now. Just goes to show a classic design can be successfully modded.

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    That’s really, really nice. Thanks for sharing, I will do something similar at some point!

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    Really nice. You’ve got me thinking about modding mine now...

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    Mine is sapphire sandwich rather than hesalite. Same effect though, great looking piece!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post


    Mine is sapphire sandwich rather than hesalite. Same effect though, great looking piece!
    Looks like yours is the Anniversary dial as well Rick?
    Looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavbaz View Post
    Looks like yours is the Anniversary dial as well Rick?
    Looks great.
    Yes, I got the watch from the forum.





    A genuine 35th ani has a solid back as seen above whereas mine has a sapphire display back (and for a “limited edition of only (!) 3500 its shocking how much dealers are selling for!)




    With Omega now limiting availability of “service parts” these kind of mods are going to get rarer I should think. There must be more Misukoshi mash-ups than real ones though, but at this price it’s no surprise. After all, when worn on the wrist who would even know if it was redial or not?

    https://www.vintagespeedmaster.com/p...-mitsukoshi-le

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    Speedmaster Panda Mod

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    Who doesnt love a psnda

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooby View Post
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    Who doesnt love a panda



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    Here's mine that I picked up from a forum member last year ...I love it

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    The perfect Speedy Pro modification Michael. It looks perfect to me as you've used black hands. It makes it so much more legible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j111dja View Post
    The perfect Speedy Pro modification Michael. It looks perfect to me as you've used black hands. It makes it so much more legible.
    Thanks David. Really pleased with the


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    Snoopy strap arrived today!










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    Should never have got rid of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFB Scotland View Post
    Snoopy strap arrived today!










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    I have the same strap sitting in my draw i was going to put it on my
    speedy tuesday but now its mitso bound


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    Generally, I detest mods to watches,believing that they should remain as the manufacturer intended, but must admit the new hands do look good.

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    Very nice, how much is the Snoopy strap and deployant in today's money?

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    From memory its about £360


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    Quote Originally Posted by scooby View Post
    From memory its about £360


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    Thanks, is that 50% for each component?

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    Not a panda but this came back yesterday




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    Very beautiful. Congrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~dadam02~ View Post
    Thanks, is that 50% for each component?
    Yes


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    Very good match is that strap on it looks class !


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    Both of those look really good Mike.

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    Love it great looking watch. I have a speedmaster Gemini dial,hands,bezel somewhere I need to dig out.


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