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By-Tor
07-16-2007, 03:00 AM
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Omega Seamaster "Bond" is arguably one of the best and most convincing replica watches ever made. So it's no surprise it has become one of the most popular replica models among the community.

Despite being so good even this replica comes with flaws which are unacceptable for some. We get all the same questions about this rep almost every week which basically bore me to death. So I tried to collect all useful information about the Mighty SMP into one post. This guide helps to give newbies some hints how to mod, maintain and adjust the watch... and make it even better.

1. MISALIGNED BEZEL

The first and foremost flaw is the bezel insert. For some unknown and strange reason the replica factories puts most SMP's (not just this model) out with misaligned bezel. Perhaps they do this on purpose? The next picture demonstrates the problem.


http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/comparison.jpg

Fixing the bezel alignment isn't difficult, you can do it yourself. Sotirisp posted excellent and informational guide to the old RWG. Since it haven't been reposted here I took a liberty to copy his excellent pictures and information into this article:

2. BEZEL REMOVAL


http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/12bezel.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/34bezel2.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/56bezel.jpg

Which i did afterwards...the result is below:


http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/9bezel.jpg

The insert is glued (or taped) into the bezel. When you remove the bezel you can push the insert off from backwards. Then just reglue it into new correct position. In theory you don't have to remove the whole bezel in order to align the insert again, but it's virtually impossible to force any sharp object between the insert and bezel hole - and then pull the insert off without seriously damaging and scratching it.

3. BRACELET

People constantly complain that the SMP "Bond" bracelet is one of the toughest watch bands to resize. I don't think it's difficult at all, as soon as you figure out how the bracelet is constructed.

Because of this "complex" and unusual resizing method the new replica SMP models probably come with screws instead of pins (which is inaccurate). The old replica version uses the same pin-and-sleeve bearing arrangement as the genuine. Yes, even the genuine parts fit.

Here's my explanation how to resize the "Bond" bracelet:

1. There are two "stopper tubes". You have to put these tubes into the two the link pinholes "narrow" side down. When installed correctly they stay put. Their purpose is to increase friction and "tighten" the pins and thus prevent them from becoming loose, so obviously you want to place them the correct way. When the 2 stopper tubes are in the place you just tap the pins normally in. It's not more complex than that.


http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/arrangement.jpg

4. POLISHING

My SMP is my "tool watch". It was heavily used through the whole last year and the bracelet was full of dings, dangs and scratches. So I polished it throughly with abrasive stainless steel polishing paste. I used so much force that I ended up with full mirror finish.


http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/S5ee300002.jpg

The problem is that this kind of finish is inaccurate. Genuine SMP has only the small middle link "stripes" polished. They didn't "shine out" from the bracelet anymore. So what to do?

I ran across THIS (http://anonym.to/?http://home.xnet.com/~cmaddox/article/mason_a/bracelet_refurb.html) TimeZone article a while back (interesting):

So I decided to try. I didn't have Scotch Brite Pad but I was glad to find out that my girlfriend had bought this:


http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/8886/pad2fe.jpg

It's a typical kitchen pad which is designed to clean up ingrained dirt. Its surface is rough and abrasive enough to be a perfect tool to brush stainless steel. I tried it previously on my Rolex Oyster bands and got excellent results. It also works to brush off the surface scratches from the clasp.

I used the same method as in the TimeZone article (taped the polished stripes of the bracelet accordingly). Brushed finish came back, the watch is scratch free and looks like brand new again.

And here's the finished SMP bracelet:


http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/smpband.jpg

5. PEARL

SMP pearl is another obvious flaw. The rep pearl doesn't look like the real thing and it might bother some. Veloci has made an EXCELLENT tutorial how to construct a genuine looking bezel pearl by yourself. My hats off to him, I don't have skills to duplicate that, but if you're adventurous enough why not give it a go? Veloci's tutorial can be reviewed HERE. (http://anonym.to/?http://www.replicacollector.com/members/index.php?showtopic=18430&hl=pearls)


SUMMARY:

I think we have covered almost everything that's essential about the SMP in this article. Thanks again to Sotirisp (who's unfortunately MIA while writing this).

People keep saying that the "new batch" SMP is inferior compared to the old one, but the only main difference (that I'm aware of) is the bracelet construction which wouldn't bother me, personally. It's still one of the nicest and most accurate replicas.

These adjustments are by no means *necessary*, and the SMP rep is impressive even without them. This stuff is only the "extra" icing on the cake. Enjoy your great rep, whether you want to attempt these mods or not.

Thanks for looking.


http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b391/bytor2112/Blue%20SMP%20Pro%20from%20King/wallpaper.jpg

ws26champny
02-01-2008, 02:13 AM
Very good ....I own the gen and its truley a beautiful watch

Questions
02-04-2009, 06:40 PM
Anyone know of a source for these (with asian mov't) in the $100 range? This would be my first rep :)
The only one I've found has a "007007007007007" pattern on the dial along with a chrome "007". YUCK!

By-Tor
02-04-2009, 07:56 PM
Wow... talking about blast from the past! I had already forgotten about this old article. Thanks for bumping it, it was nice to read again. :D

I still have the watch though... and wear it almost every week. Excellent quality replica, although not a "super rep" by today's standards. But standards were different back in 2005.

I'm not sure if this classic SMP is available anymore... haven't followed these at all lately. Back then it was only sold with ETA movement.

Questions
04-21-2009, 10:42 PM
What do you guys think about ordering this watch from http://www.theonewatch.com/OMEGA_SEAMASTER_PROFESSIONAL_BLUE_SWISS_ETA_2824-2_2173.html ?

Questions
04-22-2009, 05:46 AM
So, when we remove the bezel, we have to pop off the insert to re-allign? is there any way we can just sort of twist it?

also, what kind of glue did you use? Thanks

Questions
04-22-2009, 05:56 AM
SMP pearl is another obvious flaw. The rep pearl doesn't look like the real thing and it might bother some. Veloci has made an EXCELLENT tutorial how to construct a genuine looking bezel pearl by yourself. My hats off to him, I don't have skills to duplicate that, but if you're adventurous enough why not give it a go? Veloci's tutorial can be reviewed HERE. (http://anonym.to/?http://www.replicacollector.com/members/index.php?showtopic=18430&hl=pearls)




What do you think about just replacing it with this bezel from ebay? http://cgi.ebay.com/BEZEL-INSERT-FOR-OMEGA-SEAMASTER-FIT-41MM-JAMES-BOND_W0QQitemZ400043479504QQihZ027QQcategoryZ10363 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Thanks

rangersvalley
02-09-2010, 10:39 AM
Wish I could afford that Aston .... Darn bond movies, an addiction that never dies'

NickOT
03-25-2010, 12:17 AM
thanks for the review!

coldwin
03-25-2010, 02:08 AM
Anyone that have the Stan/WBK SMP it comes with miss aligned bezel?
I f it has it i am going to buy it anyway i just love SMP :)

ringpiece
05-20-2010, 04:22 PM
I got mine the other day and the bezel is spot on. It really is a lovely rep. I did however miss this tutorial on resizing the bracelet and as a result the pins come out. Doh! I have some spare links so I think I can fix this. But follow that tutorial

mattboons
06-17-2010, 09:18 AM
nice review