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Hello and welcome, for the 38th time now, to Bring a Brain - your favourite comedy/watchdog series! Yes, dear readers, once more unto the breach...and to think of that, we're nearing the 40th time at this breach. Not that this Harfleur is anywhere near falling, but I enjoy storming it every time, and I hope you all enjoy tagging along for each and every charge.
So...without further ado...this is your Bring a Brain!
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Taking the pole position in this race of fails is, as it does every time, Hodinkee. So, what have they got for us this time...?

Well, they've got us one massive case of misidentification.
https://shop.hodinkee.com/collectio...l-chronograph-ref-2519?variant=31763397476427
Ohhh, that is going to be good.
...skewing toward a military chronograph design...
Oh? How so?

...with a fairly large stainless steel case...
I don't know if we're not actually seeing the return of the Pusher Man from BaB XXXVII here, because the problem would seem have a French connection, and to be precise, their inability to understand what FOND ACIER INOXYDABLE means. Well, Pusher Man, it means "STAINLESS STEEL BACK," indicating only the case back as steel. The rest is chrome plated brass. There's brassing on the case, and some even heavier brassing to the crown...
Sorry, but that's a situation tantamount to pushing gold plated as solid gold.
That's not the first time they have done it, either.
If they're doing it deliberately, they're bad to the bone...
...or worse. Best case scenario, they're clueless to the bone. And it looks like that's the case, because...
Caliber: Manually wound P.W. Extra 50
...they don't know a Valjoux 22 that's right in front of them.

Speaking of movement identification wonders...
https://shop.hodinkee.com/collections/vintage-watches/products/1960s-technos-sky-diver-tropical
Caliber: A.Schild, self-winding, caliber 1789 (Base movement: 1700/01)
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Here's the AS 1789, notice anything about it?
bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: AS 1789

Yeah...the 1789 is a 24h movement, notably used in the Glycine Airman. This, meanwhile, is the AS 1701 - the ordinary 12h thing.
Besides, 1701 on the case back is not a case number, it's an indication of what calibre this watch is supposed to have (and indeed has). Marking the calibre on the case back was common in Technos watches of the period.

OK, that's it for Hodinkee. Now, let use move on to a long-time-no-see... Lads and lasses, Romain Rea!

He says it's "redone."
ROLEX OYSTER DATE PRECISION "MICKEY" - Romain Réa
Nope. It's not "redone," it's redone, quotation marks are quite expendable. It's quite an abomination, too. There's not a single thing about this dial that's anywhere near acceptable in any repaint job, abominable as redials are. The "Mickey" dials range from original dials vandalised with the addition of a rodent, to redials from the start. This is the latter. And it's bad. Really bad.

Now, this...
ROLEX OYSTER REF. 6424 - Romain Réa
The font looks incorrect for the 6424, and the "Precision" inscription lacks serifs.

That's quite enough of Mr. Rea, I suppose. Now, if you're not tired of repainted Rolexes... Wannabuyaredial?

https://wannabuyawatch.com/product/rolex-dress-model-14k-pg-circa-1950s/
"Beautifully restored." Yeah. Someone didn't even try. The font is bad, the font's all over the place. The execution of the numeral at 6 and the seconds subdial is truly depressing.

Well, if that's not 'nuff for ya, all hail the Rollthejointex Weed-King:
https://wannabuyawatch.com/product/rolex-oyster-perpetual-air-king-ref-5500-4-20-edition-circa-1980/
This once was a nice Air-King. Was. No longer is. Another "420" alteration to what would have been a dial in decent shape, if some baboon wouldn't have attacked it with a paintbrush.

That's it for this Bring a Brain! Hope you have enjoyed it, and - as always - Bring a Brain will return when necessary!
 

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I wonder if you get some CBD oil or maybe some THC with the Air King. Maybe someone entering into the "thug life" and can't afford the "bling" can find some way to purchase the over priced abomination. But they would have a "Rollie" on their wrist because they are such an OG.
 

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Oooofff, if somebody buys that "stainless steel" cased chronograph, they are going to have good cause for a return.
Quite so. They've misidentified the case material before, they've misidentified movements before, but I'm not sure if I ever saw them misidentify both in one listing.
 

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Man, I love how the "unusual 17mm lug width" foxed them. Those dudes are just bone idle lazy, it's not that hard to find 17mm straps, although it is harder for a fixed bar case. On the other hand, I point out that they are asking $2900, and I kind of think they might have felt some attention to detail was warranted for a price many would feel warrants it.
I've puzzled over their listings – thanks mkws – but I reckon I understand them now: they just couldn't be bothered to actually do some research. Perhaps his finger is stuck up his nose, mining for gold, rather than wasting his precious time and great intellect doing something as ordinary as searching the internet for information.
 

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This is outstanding and great job MKWS. Rea is being sued by a well known watchmaker I know and another guy I know who bought a watch from him is going to prosecute him in court. Rea is used to sell crap since 25 years
 
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