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By-Tor
03-09-2010, 05:36 PM
http://i.imgur.com/a45bHlu.jpg

I have owned this watch since 2006 but never made a proper review of it. Toadtorrent actually covered everything in his comprehensive SMP Chrono review. Can't match that but I wanted to make a small review in "my way", which is short and simple.
The reason why I decided to compose this together is that there was an amazing RWG member gesture.
SMP Chrono is my favorite replica watch and I got mine from legendary Eddie Lee back in 2006, when this model initially came out. What's special about my watch is that it has perfect ETA datewheel, OTB. These are pretty rare birds these days. The new model (the one with red Seamaster lettering) is still very nice but not quite as accurate as this "old school" version. Here is a thread that discusses the differences.
First I sourced a pin-version "old school" bracelet from a German member. The old Seamaster non-chrono replicas had that. Actually I bought it almost three years ago but installed it onto my watch just recently. Not that there was anything wrong with the original rep chrono bracelet, the screws never bothered me one bit but actually the old SMP bracelets were in much better quality and are 95% like the gen. I know, because I also own the gen non-chronograph version.
The rep insert always bothered me. Not only it was misaligned but the pearl and actual insert color were a bit off. It's quite amazing how anal we get about these things as the years go by. So I wanted a gen insert. I once asked a forum friend (who has access to gen Rolex and Omega parts) how much would a gen insert set me back for. Turned out that it was impossible to source just the insert, you had to buy the whole bezel which was something in $280 range. That's insane considering you can buy these watches preowned for $1.3K.

http://i.imgur.com/3vBUqFu.jpg

So here comes the amazing part:
I casually posted to one of our daily wrist check threads and mentioned how much I love this rep... and how amazing it would be to get a gen insert for it. Well I got a PM from a member "Metaljesus" who offered to send me his spare. For free, because my reviews have helped him. That was pretty amazing gesture. I don't remember what I answered. Probably along the lines of "Hey man, this is WAYYY too much...." "...but I'll take it anyway."
The gen insert snaps in there like a glove (as Jim Carrey would say). Says quite a lot about the accuracy of these forgeries, no? Of course a bit of glue to all 4 corners was needed to keep it tightly in place.

http://i.imgur.com/JHBJ7ip.jpg

As you can see the gen insert is a bit lighter and has a "navy blue" tone. I swear, rep factories never, ever get the blue color tone correct. Not that the color difference matters a lot but it's still amazing. Someone in the rep factory production line really loves that violet tone in blue. ALWAYS too violet/purple, no matter what watch brand it is... dial, strap or even insert... sheesh.
One of the most common misunderstandings regarding the SMP Chrono is the HE valve position. It's positioned a bit higher on the standard Bond SMP, but the chronograph version has it exactly at '10. It's perfectly positioned on the rep.

http://i.imgur.com/1rAE1RD.jpg

There is one word to describe the old version rep dial: Superb. The texture is very apparent and gen-like. I wish the non-chrono reps had that. Even the crown screws in deep and nice (notice that this old photo still has the rep insert installed).

Old gen version doesn't have any AR coating but Lanikai decided to double AR coat his old school Seamaster. Here is his spectacular photo of this spectacular rep. Nicer than gen without a doubt.

http://i.imgur.com/hYUdNFr.jpg

You know what's funny: Receiving this gift was actually nicer than receiving a completely new rep. It's my long time favorite watch (and rep) and a permanent keeper for me. I always felt that this old version SMP Chrono was a bit overlooked model. Maybe it was shadowed by the amazing TAG Link Chronograph release (both were released almost simultaneously). With gen insert, ETA wheel and and pin-version bracelet it's almost impossible to tell from the gen. Even without mods it's quite damn good.
Now I can finally enjoy this amazing rep fully. My long time plan is to get gens of all my favorites. It doesn't apply to this watch though... the rep with these mods is just way too good to justify that. With only 1 gen part installed it's quite a "franken". It took me almost four years to get this one "done" but now I can enjoy it more than ever.
I want to thank my friend Metaljesus again for this amazing gesture. If you need any help, never hesitate to throw me a PM.

http://i.imgur.com/4SnKZHY.jpg

luckyman
03-10-2010, 01:23 AM
awesome gesture from a forum brotha, this community never ceases to amaze me, congrats to your re invented SMP chrono BT and hats off to Metaljesus :)

donm668
03-17-2010, 03:01 AM
Bump for a great review!

miocrow
03-17-2010, 03:40 AM
love this one but BLACK dial

tiffany.w
03-20-2010, 07:00 AM
The baby is so cute.

Bulldog46208
03-21-2010, 02:20 PM
I have to admit that I am not a huge Omega fan, but after reading review, I am jonesing for an Omeba Seamaster Chronograph.

Maverick
03-21-2010, 02:25 PM
Missing mine a lot ......

kokito
03-21-2010, 02:45 PM
This rep with these mods is so close to gen that, as you said, doesn't justify the gen price. Thanks BT, once again, for a great review. Wear that beauty in good health.

J-C
03-21-2010, 03:08 PM
2 :thumbup: for the seal of approval for BT jr. :lol:

His first award winner!

By-Tor
03-21-2010, 07:10 PM
2 :thumbup: for the seal of approval for BT jr. :lol:

His first award winner!

Thanks JC. Youngest award winner ever. ;)

Rolex0815
05-26-2013, 05:38 PM
Very nice watch!

umaz662
06-18-2013, 11:07 PM
thanks for review

mysfit
12-26-2013, 08:36 PM
Nice review