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Folks,

I'm pleading to the WUS-Anonimo community to see if there is anyone out there who could assist me in one of my mad and potentially expensive capers!

What I'd like to do is have someone who is good with Photoshop (or the like) doctor up a photograph of an Anonimo Polluce, Millemetri or Sailor Diver to see what it would look like with 24mm lugs/strap.

YES - I am crazy.

YES - I am contemplating doing what you think I'm contemplating... (I'd just like to see what it might look like with wider lugs BEFORE shelling out the cash and potentially destroying a perfectly good watch!)

Feel free to taunt and ridicule! I've got thick skin and in one incarnation of my past lives was an insult comic (beware!)

Thanks!

Mario
 

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I know a really nice guy who can help you... tevj, send him a message !
Nelson,

I knew you'd be able to point me in the right direction! (Especially since you have a fondness for modifying your watches!)

My dream of a 24mm lug Polluce Corsaro with sword hands is one step closer to reality!

SHHHHHHHHH! I'm saying too much!

Mario
 

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Making lugs wider is tough, especially when the case is curved into them. Taking a bit out of the inside of the lug is easy, but matching that radius where it meets the case with a hand file for a super clean finish is really trying. I've attempted it a few times with some cheaper Seikos. It works, but I've never got it quite to where I'd want an Anonimo to be. Course, when you know what's different the issues really pop out to you. The real problem is not taking too much out trying to get the radius right.
 

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Making lugs wider is tough, especially when the case is curved into them. Taking a bit out of the inside of the lug is easy, but matching that radius where it meets the case with a hand file for a super clean finish is really trying. I've attempted it a few times with some cheaper Seikos. It works, but I've never got it quite to where I'd want an Anonimo to be. Course, when you know what's different the issues really pop out to you. The real problem is not taking too much out trying to get the radius right.
Thanks. I always like to get the wisdom of the ones who've "been there and done that..." While I have a very cut and dry image of what needs to take place - I don't really know what to expect. Clearly you're an experimenter and you've tried so you will know.

I was 'thinking' of farming this out to a "professional"... (a professional lug widener???)

My initial DIY thoughts involved a belt sander and a very, very light touch... I've had a forum member do a rendering of what the modified case would look like. The change is very subtle - but I think still worthwhile. 22mm is just too small for a watch with a case that sits so flat and so wide!

Back to my laboratory!

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Belt sander, eh? Well, you've certainly got more cojones than me. You might just pull it off with that attitude...or cut the watch in half. Go big or go home I guess.

I also attempted to farm out the widening of a Seiko Monster's lugs. IMO, a watch that needs wider lugs more than any other. 20mm on that case is a crime. Anyway, couldn't find an interested party out of the more popular modders/shops in this community. All too afraid to get it wrong. You might run into that bigtime with a multi-thousand dollar watch on the line, unless you signed some sort of contract absolving them of any responsibility, maybe.

Kind of a shame really. I've done quite a lot of case reshaping and there is quite a bit of knowledge concerning it out there. Many people who are great at it. Problem is that it's usually relevant when trying to make an homage look authentic and old, like a Panerai homage, so getting perfect results usually isn't the goal.
 

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I don't think I'd try it on a watch in this price range but there is a member on the Seiko forum section that did a nice job on widening the lugs on a Sumo from 20mm to 22mm. If you want to PM me I'll give you his name so you can contact him for some info on what was entailed in doing it.
 

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Belt sander, eh? Well, you've certainly got more cojones than me. You might just pull it off with that attitude...or cut the watch in half. Go big or go home I guess.
It's not cojones! (Those were kicked into dust years ago!)

I just share your opinion: BIG WATCHES need BIG STRAPS! My Seamaster Pro is almost perfect as it is. The case is the right size for the bracelet and visa-versa... but that extra 1 or 2mm in the width of the case means that the Polluce needs a wider strap. Even if they went proprietary and did a 23mm strap - that would have been ok. But 22 is too small. (Anecdotally, when Rolex announced the DeepSea I got excited thinking - this is going to be cool! A 43mm SeaDweller! When I tried it on I was crestfallen! The case was excellent! But the bracelet!!!!!!!! It was like they had to push so hard to get the case up to 43mm that they totally forgot to 'stretch' out the bracelet! For shame!)

You guys need to understand - I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid - I'm going to get a better understanding of how to do this before I try it. OR I'll farm it out. That said - the image of cutting the case in half or inadvertently converting it to a 'pocket' watch is an amusing image and certainly inline with some of the other capers I've been embroiled in before! (Reminds me of the time my uncle tried to light the pilot on his **GAS** (as in DO NOT EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER attempt this at home!!!! Even if you know what you're doing...) water-heater with an acetylene torch... not good. He was fine after his eye-brows and eye-lashes grew back!)

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