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mt666tm
03-24-2010, 08:04 AM
So someone had to bite the bullet and get this, and I'm glad i did. 1st off let me say I've had the V1, and this just sitting on the wrist feels a lot better. I've had the gen on my wrist a few times, but unfortunately i don't have one to do a side-by-side... not yet anyways. I'll start by saying that it feels like a 1:1

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/1.jpg

The case proportions are perfect.

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/2.jpg

The crystal is perfect, and sits a fraction of a mm above the bezel edge and is shaped very nicely tapering off as it rises out of the bezel.

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/3.jpg

The dial is straight, and the date-wheel is all lined up (picture angles may make it seem off). It takes the last ~15min of the day for the date to change.

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/6.jpg

The clasp is perfect and has a great feel as it pops open. It is nicely engraved as per the gen.

The strap is as close to gen as i thought it would be. I cut the strap to my liking (one side is one notch longer than the other as it fits perfectly now, This also allows the clasp to sit in a more comfortable spot on my wrist. If it loosens up a bit as the strap rounds to my wrist then i'll chop one more).

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/7.jpg

Now on to the flaws: lets start with the dial. It seems perfect, and all of the numbers are definitely where they should be. The problem is that the stick markings that are in between the numbers and the case are a TINY bit off at the #6 and the #9. It seems as when the sticks are laid down onto the dial they are shifted a **** hair to the left at these numbers. They are perfectly lined up at 12 and 3 so it is strange, but hardly noticeable. It'd take a real geek to point it out.

The datewheel is good, all numbers line up. The font is incorrect, but again, it'd take a real geek...

On to the backside. There is a decent gasket between the caseback and the case. The caseback has some VERY nice engraving that is on the inside edge... completely hidden when installed, but it's there. The crystal on the caseback is perfect.

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/5.jpg

The movement seems to be perfect, and checking it against the classic tells I would say that it is Swiss. That said, this is obviously where the major flaws are. I was surprised to find that the rotor is NOT engraved. There was a gold logo sticker on it, and it was crooked, LOL...This is not necessarily a bad thing. If you take a look at the gen movement, the gen logo engraving on the rotor is much larger than the engraving that is supposed to be on the rep. This would be an irreversible flaw. The sticker is very easily removable with the tip of a razor-blade, and the rotor looks nice and clean. Those with real skills can engrave the correct sized logo and boom goes the dynamite!

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/4.jpg

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/9.jpg

Come to think of it, if you REALLY look at the pics on the rep-sites, it is probably a sticker... just looks like engraving if the pic is taken at the right angle. I'll let you be the judge of that.

Lume: standard rep-lume on the arms and numbers. Great lume on the fat stick dial markers. If anyone wants pics of this let me know...

Well, what else is there to say. The rotor seemed a bit tight so i loosened it a tiny bit. There were 2 of 3 movement retainer clip/screw in place. This seems typical, so i added a 3rd where there was a threaded provision for one, just for the hell of it.

And a classy wrist shot to tie it all together :p

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/10.jpg

mt666tm
03-24-2010, 08:09 AM
PS: It's from Josh

Here are some gen's for comparison... hit up google if you want more

http://quicklook.watchprosite.com/img/watchprosite/quicklook/61/scaled/quicklook_image.501061.jpg
http://patek.watchprosite.com/img/watchprosite/patek/11/scaled/patek_image.553411.jpg
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p133/mt666tm/PP%20Aquanaut/genmovement.jpg

scropper
03-24-2010, 09:27 AM
Looks good, thanks for doing this. I know I'm definitely not the only one that's been waiting to see some member pics.

S

elisiX
03-24-2010, 09:31 AM
Nice write up.

Do you think you could redo the pics but without the flash and in natural light?

zenmaster
03-24-2010, 09:45 AM
the review that everyone's been anxiously waiting for!

thanks!

second on the photos without flash... with the flash it is difficult to see...

Guanaco
03-24-2010, 09:46 AM
Thanks for the review, could you get a shot of the date with a "1" on it if possible? thanks. :)

PLOPROFCOMEX
03-24-2010, 10:16 AM
GREAT REVIEW - Nice to see a Patek on the wrist of a "full sleeve" - would love to see some Patek adverts on a tattood arm haha.

mumum
03-24-2010, 12:35 PM
Very nice. This seems to be visually accurate as much as we can expect aside from the visual flaws of the movement. Thanks for the review.
They really are making strides on this model. You did the smart thing going with the rubber strap (a safer bet than the bracket IMO).

newbie2replicas
03-24-2010, 02:52 PM
A gorgeous watch (am I allowed to use that adjective on the board?). A side-by-side pic with your V1 would be great if poss.

flilow06
03-24-2010, 04:40 PM
Awesome, thanks for taking the time!

Personal question if you don't mind... what's your wrist size?
Having trouble deciding between this model and its 5165 smaller brother as I'm about a 6 1/4...

newbie2replicas
03-24-2010, 04:47 PM
Awesome, thanks for taking the time!

Personal question if you don't mind... what's your wrist size?
Having trouble deciding between this model and its 5165 smaller brother as I'm about a 6 1/4...

Just my 2 cents... If the casing is spot on to the gen, the 5167 should be great as I've tried it on at the AD, have the exact same wrist size as yours, and am not one to go above 40mm watches. Remember, its a v slim piece, so shouldn't be a prob at all. I felt the 5165, given it's depth, would have looked a little too feminine.

mt666tm
03-24-2010, 06:18 PM
My wrist size is a 7.something

I will take some pics with no-flash this weekend (with date @ 1, and arms at 10/2). I work all day and have some night classes during the week so when I get home it's dark out, hence use of the flash. Morning pics are out of the question as I'm always in a slight panic running out the door cuz I'm always l8, i'm not a morning person :)

PatronSaintofChainsaws
03-24-2010, 08:24 PM
Are the stubs that connect from the rubber bracelet to the case metal like the MBK version or plastic like the older Cartel version?

mt666tm
03-24-2010, 09:04 PM
They are metal... they were metal in the V1 as well. The strap fits in very tight/solid

flilow06
03-24-2010, 10:07 PM
Just my 2 cents... If the casing is spot on to the gen, the 5167 should be great as I've tried it on at the AD, have the exact same wrist size as yours, and am not one to go above 40mm watches. Remember, its a v slim piece, so shouldn't be a prob at all. I felt the 5165, given it's depth, would have looked a little too feminine.


My wrist size is a 7.something


Thanks for the input!

milesd
03-25-2010, 03:08 AM
I've always liked these watches, but for me, I notice that datewheel before anything else. I think I've seen a rep with the correct date, not sure who makes it though.

Guanaco
03-25-2010, 03:50 AM
I've always liked these watches, but for me, I notice that datewheel before anything else. I think I've seen a rep with the correct date, not sure who makes it though.

MBW. :)

flilow06
03-25-2010, 03:51 AM
I've always liked these watches, but for me, I notice that datewheel before anything else. I think I've seen a rep with the correct date, not sure who makes it though.

Pretty sure you're thinking of the smaller MBK Aquanaut 5165.

bertieng
03-25-2010, 04:19 AM
Nice review. The Chinese really tried hard this time on the 5167.
But still in terms of dial/datewheel accuracy, MBK's 5165 is still the one to go. Only if they can take one step forward to make the correct second hand then the MBK is invincible.

Guanaco
03-25-2010, 04:46 AM
Date-Font is more important to me than the movement decoration, IMO of course since 99% of the people out there have no idea what the correct font is anyways. :lol:

jj69
03-25-2010, 05:07 AM
Great review. Thanks for doing it.

However, when you say "V1," are you referring to the MBK version or another rep? It's a bit confusing, because the MBK is a rep of the 5165 (38mm case) and this is supposed to be a rep of the 5167 (40mm case).



They are metal... they were metal in the V1 as well. The strap fits in very tight/solid

mt666tm
03-25-2010, 07:02 AM
^ by V1 I am referring to the 1st version of the 5167... this one: http://www.perfect-hour.com/ppaq10002-aquanaut-jumbo-auto-ssru-black-seta-28242-p-7074.html

I'd refer to the MBK's as such. I know their dial perfect, and good datefont, but their second hand has the wrong shape at the butt end. They are the 5165 as you mentioned so i didn't bother comparing them, and a 38mm is just a bit to small for my likeing

I like this one so much despite the flaws. If MBK starts making these then i'll be first in line to get one, i just hope they usethe same nickel movement and rotor

mt666tm
03-26-2010, 07:17 AM
^I meant MBW... MBK is just where u get them, i know, i always confuse the two.