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    Precista PRS-14 Review

    So I was on the lookout for one of these for a looong time!
    Having previously experienced the borealis estoril I was impressed but never quite gelled so I let it go.
    The PRS 14 is a very different animal and I am really impressed!
    When I was doing my research I didnít find many reviews around so decided to add one more to the mix.
    Enjoy!

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    I like that, thanks. I've often wondered whether I should do it again.

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    Personally I would love you to do another run of these Eddie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I like that, thanks. I've often wondered whether I should do it again.

    Eddie
    I am sure it would sell like hot cakes Eddie, it really is a great watch!


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    It Is a classic in design. Funnily enough, I have owned three PRS-14, three Borealis Estoril and three Omega SM300. Obviously the Omega is a class apart, but it is ten times the price of the other two and that's just for a Watchco. Many more times for a nice original.

    The crown was always an issue on the PRS-14, so if it was ever done again I think that would need to be addressed.

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    Many have mixed feeling on aged lume, I do too but this may work with some aged lume, it was good on the prs-82

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    Iíd love to see another run of this one too. A lightly aged lume option as well would be awesome


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    With all the new publicity they will go like hot cakes.

    Anyone remember the PVD ones? They rocked.
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs...n-2242425.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    With all the new publicity they will go like hot cakes.

    Anyone remember the PVD ones? They rocked.
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs...n-2242425.html
    I wasnít even aware these existed... they look so cool


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    Enjoyed the reviews of both the PRS14 & 82.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    It Is a classic in design. Funnily enough, I have owned three PRS-14, three Borealis Estoril and three Omega SM300. Obviously the Omega is a class apart, but it is ten times the price of the other two and that's just for a Watchco. Many more times for a nice original.

    The crown was always an issue on the PRS-14, so if it was ever done again I think that would need to be addressed.
    + 1 only negative a slightly fiddly crown for the more ham fisted of us .

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    How have I been here for years and years and never knew about these?

    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    With all the new publicity they will go like hot cakes.

    Anyone remember the PVD ones? They rocked.
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs...n-2242425.html

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    I have one of the original batch and wholeheartedly agree that any new versions should have a more usable crown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcoat View Post
    I have one of the original batch and wholeheartedly agree that any new versions should have a more usable crown.
    Is the crown still ok in yours? I am starting to worry now!


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    I find myself missing my PRS-14, a newer version would be a fine thing. (Minus the fiddly crown.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ar.parask View Post
    Is the crown still ok in yours? I am starting to worry now! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    It was a problem, especially once the threads stripped. Iíve since had it replaced but itís still not very easy to use.

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    I'd definitely purchase one of these! I've been on the lookout for one for ages now but never seen one for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I like that, thanks. I've often wondered whether I should do it again.

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    Yes please

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    Eddie, if you do another one, can you please make an antimagnetic dive watch? There are very few available that are 40mm in size and less than $1000. In fact I do not know of any. The ones I can think of are 44mm in size.

    Doesn't need to be this design, just any dive watch 40mm or less size.

    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    It Is a classic in design. Funnily enough, I have owned three PRS-14, three Borealis Estoril and three Omega SM300. Obviously the Omega is a class apart, but it is ten times the price of the other two and that's just for a Watchco. Many more times for a nice original.

    The crown was always an issue on the PRS-14, so if it was ever done again I think that would need to be addressed.
    And the acrylic crystal. Mine cracked and I remember hearing of others. Eddie kindly fixed mine, but if there were ever to be a new version, which would be superb, an upgrade to a sapphire crystal would be amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I like that, thanks. I've often wondered whether I should do it again.

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    Yes, please! :-)

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    Let me just say that if I did, it would have a bigger crown.

    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
    Let me just say that if I did, it would have a bigger crown.

    Eddie
    I'd be a fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Let me just say that if I did, it would have a bigger crown.

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    I would not see that a problem/issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Let me just say that if I did, it would have a bigger crown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Let me just say that if I did, it would have a bigger crown.

    Eddie
    It would be great if you ran off a few extra crowns and pendants at the same time, they'd be a popular retrofit item...

    Please.

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    Definitely would have thought a MkII version of this should be done 👍😎

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    Had and passed on two of these. Very stupid.
    They are wonderful on a tan Timefactors Aviator or a black Di Modell Rally.
    It was said to me a decade ago on this forum, ďif you canít stretch to a Seamaster or Rolex Submariner, then the PRS-14 is next bestĒ. That was right. Bring it back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzlymambo View Post
    Eddie, if you do another one, can you please make an antimagnetic dive watch? There are very few available that are 40mm in size and less than $1000. In fact I do not know of any. The ones I can think of are 44mm in size.

    Doesn't need to be this design, just any dive watch 40mm or less size.

    thanks.

    You might take a look at this one >>>>-------> https://www.timefactors.com/prs52.htm and this one >>>>-------> https://www.timefactors.com/prs68willard.htm as both are equipped with full coverage antimagnetic Faraday Cages.

    Regarding all the comments in this thread about the original TF Precista PRS-14's screw-down crown, what always makes sense to me is using a good quality Rolex generic specification "TripLock" OysterCrown/Tube set for their maintainability and the universal availability of replacement parts for what will someday likely be a discontinued divers watch. The Rolex patents on this technologically beautiful screw-down crown&tube design, or system, have long since expired.
    Last edited by Rollon; 20th August 2020 at 15:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollon View Post
    You might take a look at this one >>>>-------> https://www.timefactors.com/prs52.htm and this one >>>>-------> https://www.timefactors.com/prs68willard.htm as both are equipped with full coverage antimagnetic Faraday Cages.

    Regarding all the comments in this thread about the original TF Precista PRS-14's screw-down crown, what always makes sense to me is using a good quality Rolex generic specification "TripLock" OysterCrown/Tube set for their maintainability and the universal availability of replacement parts for what will someday likely be a discontinued divers watch. The Rolex patents on this technologically beautiful screw-down crown&tube design, or system, have long since expired.
    I guess this is why it was used in the PRS-82?


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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    With all the new publicity they will go like hot cakes.

    Anyone remember the PVD ones? They rocked.
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs...n-2242425.html
    I had two PVD and one normal. One of the PVD went in a trade. The second one needs a new crystal (it's third) I have the crystal but my watchmaker retired and I can't find a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ar.parask View Post
    Is the crown still ok in yours? I am starting to worry now!.........
    Quote Originally Posted by Redcoat View Post
    It was a problem, especially once the threads stripped. Iíve since had it replaced but itís still not very easy to use.
    Quote Originally Posted by M4tt View Post
    It would be great if you ran off a few extra crowns and pendants at the same time, they'd be a popular retrofit item...........
    Quote Originally Posted by Rollon View Post
    ...................Regarding all the comments in this thread about the original TF Precista PRS-14's screw-down crown, what always makes sense to me is using a good quality Rolex generic specification "TripLock" OysterCrown/Tube set for their maintainability and the universal availability of replacement parts for what will someday likely be a discontinued divers watch. The Rolex patents on this technologically beautiful screw-down crown&tube design, or system, have long since expired.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ar.parask View Post
    I guess this is why it was used in the PRS-82?..........................

    Great revue of the PRS-14, BTW. Though I can see from Eddie's spec sheet/diagram of the '82 showing its internal construction that it has the same engineering features of the Rolex "TripLock" version of the OysterCrown, I don't know if the actual specifications allow interchangeability with the Rolex and Rolex "generic" parts (great if it would, though!).

    The net famous "Dr. Seiko" often repaired the stripped, etc., factory crown tubes of SKX series and other Seiko divers with the full on conversion to the Rolex generic TripLock crown & tube parts for perpetual maintainability. One member here once wrote of Dr. Seiko retrofitting his Zeno Explorer (ZEX) with the TripLock crown & its special screwed-in tube (i.e. "pendant") that is the key to this crown design's almost limitless capacity to be "rejuvenated" when damaged or worn.

    If the original PRS-14's case was factory spec'ed with a 2.5mm or smaller diameter unthreaded hole for it's stock pressed-in crown tube, then I think these older '14s might just possibly be perfect candidates for conversion to the TripLock crown and tube system.

    You might lose a bit of the Omega aesthetics, though, and I imagine that might be of concern to some

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollon View Post
    Great revue of the PRS-14, BTW. Though I can see from Eddie's spec sheet/diagram of the '82 showing its internal construction that it has the same engineering features of the Rolex "TripLock" version of the OysterCrown, I don't know if the actual specifications allow interchangeability with the Rolex and Rolex "generic" parts (great if it would, though!).

    The net famous "Dr. Seiko" often repaired the stripped, etc., factory crown tubes of SKX series and other Seiko divers with the full on conversion to the Rolex generic TripLock crown & tube parts for perpetual maintainability. One member here once wrote of Dr. Seiko retrofitting his Zeno Explorer (ZEX) with the TripLock crown & its special screwed-in tube (i.e. "pendant") that is the key to this crown design's almost limitless capacity to be "rejuvenated" when damaged or worn.

    If the original PRS-14's case was factory spec'ed with a 2.5mm or smaller diameter unthreaded hole for it's stock pressed-in crown tube, then I think these older '14s might just possibly be perfect candidates for conversion to the TripLock crown and tube system.

    You might lose a bit of the Omega aesthetics, though, and I imagine that might be of concern to some
    I recently managed to get my hands on a seamaster watchco and the crown feels much more substantial than the one in the PRS 14. It is worth mentioning though that the mid case is much slimmer than the Precista and the screw down crown on the watchcos was only introduced after the niad one which was slimmer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ar.parask View Post
    I recently managed to get my hands on a seamaster watchco and the crown feels much more substantial than the one in the PRS 14. It is worth mentioning though that the mid case is much slimmer than the Precista and the screw down crown on the watchcos was only introduced after the niad one which was slimmer


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    The only problem with a Watchco is that if you send it back to Omega for service, you won't get it back because all the donor parts are from different watches and even possibly not all original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    The only problem with a Watchco is that if you send it back to Omega for service, you won't get it back because all the donor parts are from different watches and even possibly not all original.

    Eddie
    Valid point although there seem to be a few different opinions out there on whether omega will service it or not.
    Apparently omega has indeed serviced watchco watches and probably watchmakers with swatch group accounts might be able to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    The only problem with a Watchco is that if you send it back to Omega for service, you won't get it back because all the donor parts are from different watches and even possibly not all original.

    Eddie
    Omega serviced mime no problems and I got it back. Also got a spare plexiglass crystal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Let me just say that if I did, it would have a bigger crown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ar.parask View Post
    So I was on the lookout for one of these for a looong time!
    Having previously experienced the borealis estoril I was impressed but never quite gelled so I let it go.
    The PRS 14 is a very different animal and I am really impressed!
    When I was doing my research I didnít find many reviews around so decided to add one more to the mix.
    Enjoy!

    https://www.speedychronos.com/post/p...age-done-right


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    You could always try the PRS 3 ?
    Granted it's not exactly a seamster 300 but the DNA and aesthetic is there

    https://www.timefactors.com/precistaprs3.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond View Post
    You could always try the PRS 3 ?
    Granted it's not exactly a seamster 300 but the DNA and aesthetic is there

    https://www.timefactors.com/precistaprs3.htm
    That model is discontinued.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smoz View Post
    It's a beauty:
    Stunning!

    I really hope Eddie plans for more of these.


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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    The only problem with a Watchco is that if you send it back to Omega for service, you won't get it back because all the donor parts are from different watches and even possibly not all original.

    Eddie
    I bought the parts for my Seamaster 300 build through Cousins when they were selling them without restriction. All official Omega spare parts in sealed Omega packaging (case, dial, hands). I would imagine Watchco just did the same but on an industrial scale. There were other classic models you could build in the same way - if I recall there were Plo-Prof and Speedy Pro spares available too - just add the movement.

    I assume they're the same parts they'd use on a vintage Seamaster 300 if you returned it for service at Omega. The 552 movement I used is from an old gold-plated Seamaster dress watch though. But definitely an Omega movement - the serials check out.

    But I can see Omega's reluctance to service such items - it's an interesting conundrum. I'm surprised they ever allowed such a situation to occur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGent View Post
    Stunning!

    I really hope Eddie plans for more of these.


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    I hope he doesnít, quite refreshing having a piece which isnít seen too often lol...


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    Lovely looking piece, I'm another who would be interested.

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    Enjoyed that review, and a lovely watch.. be interesting to cost it today with the same spec, case and movement.
    Suspect it would be a lot more expensive now..
    If it was to come, I'd be in the queue at 2.00 Sunday

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    The answer to that is a resounding YES!

    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    I like that, thanks. I've often wondered whether I should do it again.

    Eddie

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    Iím relatively new to the world of Timefactors and Eddie. Iíve been trying to educate myself on past models, and the prs-14 (to me) is one of the highlights of the back catalog.

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    +1 for the PRS 14....

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