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The $50.- Toolwatch

Discussion in 'Watches' started by Luxmento, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Luxmento

    Luxmento Loaded Pockets

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    Hello EDC-forums!

    Have you ever asked your self, how much watch do whe really need for daily use?
    And what does a watch need to become a Toolwatch?

    Well, in my case i came to the conclusion that to me a Toolwatch, like the name says; has to be a tool which:

    -does keep me accurate time
    -is waterproof
    -does work under any possible ambiental condition
    -feels comfortable
    -is reliable
    -is durable
    -i dont have to care about scratching it
    -i dont have to care about loosing it
    -i dont have to spend to much money for it
    -which is good readable.


    So i picked up for cheap an affordable MRW-200 watch from Casio , i think it's a pretty good watch for general use in hard environments.
    Driven by a reliable Miyota 2305, housed in a durable and light case of PP-resin, light and comfortable to wera under any climatic conditions,
    i also like the acrylic glass which gives it an extra schock resistance.

    those watches are avaible in four different versions

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    so let's see, what whe can improve to convert it into a daily toolwatch for adventurer.



    first mod:

    installing shock and vibration-absorbing pads (made of foam) into the big plastic mvt holder to increase the shock protection.

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    second mod:
    matte finish for all steel parts

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    third mod:
    relume the complete module

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    removing the hands
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    mixing the lume
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    two layer lume application
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    reinstalling the hands [​IMG]


    fourth mod:

    installed a thicker rubber gasket to generate more friction, so the the bezel will not turn easily
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    fifth mod:
    replaced the plastic buckle by one of steel of a vintage casio

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    sixth mod:
    Bezel with epoxy lume marker

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    well...i think, the final result is not bad for an (less than) $50.- Toolwatch.


    thank you for reading!
     
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  2. medic2807

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    Wow. Looks good. You have better dexterity and patience than me. Nice work!
     
  3. CheepSteal

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    Very cool how you modified the GITD parts!
    Noob question, but why does a watch particularly need shock-resistance? What activities would create enough force to ruin a watch (or I should ask, how delicate are watches?)
     
  4. xbanker
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    Very nice work! First requirements for that hobby I'm guessing: nerves of steel and a steady hand! :)
     
  5. TARFU
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    TARFU EDC!!!!! Junkie

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    Wish you had done a video on this. I would have been interested to see how you completed some of the steps in detail. Also, what tools did you use? I'm a noob when it comes to watch mods.
     
  6. kertap75

    kertap75 EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    So, is it still a $50 watch?:p
     
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  7. Cobra 6 Actual

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    Wow, great work! Let's see more of the watches you have modified.
     
  8. Kombi

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    Really cool walk through and a terrific end product.

    I'm always mesmerized when observing someone working on a watch. The dexterity and steadiness are inspiring.
     
  9. wundergussy

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    So awesome! Wish I had the time/patience/skill for that.
     
  10. Luxmento

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    yes, the watch itself costs less than $25.-, the steel buckle came from a donorwatch and you can find luminous paint for less than $15.-...so the most expensive is probably the labortime.
     
  11. Luxmento

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    a higher shock-resistance provides higher toughness against vibrations and impacts, which can cause several damage to the watchmovement, the watchhands can also become loose.
     
  12. Kombi

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    I've personally learned, and very much the hard way, just how much shock a mechanical watch can take before it needs some expensive service.
     
  13. EndlessFields
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    That is quite awesome. I had to make the switch from an analog to a Casio digital for the durability. I work in computers and my watches tend to take some abuse. Cracked the glass on a nice Luminox. Switched to a G-Shock right after that. I still love the look of an analog though. Keep up the good work, love the see more pictures of more of your mods.
     
  14. gstojinovic

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    I like this!!! Like it very very much!!
     
  15. Luxmento

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    Thank you Sir!

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  16. kit

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    Lux,

    When you say "acrylic glass" are you referring to the crystal? I wouldn't think that would hold up as well as a mineral crystal?

    Thanks,

    - Kit
     
  17. tiktok 22

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    Hi Lux. You are very talented...
     
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    Luxmento, you are simply amazing. Thank you for sharing.
     
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    What about the water resistance? Wouldn't it be messed up by tampering with the case and module?
     
  20. Luxmento

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    watches are waterproof.
    I have a leak-pressure tester, so i can test my watches till 150m/15atm.