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    Default Someone tell me about MBW....who of what is it?

    Can someone please tell what this is? I see it all over in threads. How can I get one? LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by txrob779 View Post
    Can someone please tell what this is? I see it all over in threads. How can I get one? LOL
    ahhhh, MBW - our friend By-Tor has done an extensive review for us.

    some great reading here:

    https://www.repgeek.com/by-tor-s-watch-reviews/959-review-rolex-mbw-1680-introduction-mbw-replicas.html

    The 1680, first pic, is a beauty!
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    It stands for Maria's Best Watch....I believe?

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    Txrob,

    I think TTK has access to some mbw's.

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    Here we go ...

    Once upon a time, there was a German bloke called Maria. He lived in Thailand and bought replica Rolexes (and other watches) from a stall in the MBK centre, Bangkok. Some of these Rolex replicas (mostly the vintage 1665 and 1680 models) attained legendary status when people realised they were made the same way as the genuines, meaning the bezel construction was a 1:1 copy of the genuine version. What this meant was that people could fit genuine Rolex acrylic crystals and bezel inserts.

    From this, a myth about their superior quality came about, with people believing they were 100% accurate replicas, when this wasn't actually the case. The steel they're made of is superior to that of other replicas, but the log holes are the wrong size, the crown guards are completely and utterly wrong and the dials on the red-print versions is basically not very good.

    When Maria sold these watches, he did so under the name of Maria's Best Watch, which itself took on a mythical quality as he was a bit of a belligerent fellow, not wanting to deal with some people, adding a rarity to the whole proceedings. When he stopped selling the watches on the forums, he had a friend called Luckyyy who sold them in his place under the MBW banner. Luckyyy later ran off with a few members' money and disappeared.

    Once more, MBW watches were impossible to get unless you knew a mysterious George, who was based in Greece and only dealt with people that he trusted, for one reason or another. He never openly advertised and people passed the password to his Photobucket around like the key to Pandora's Box, veiled in mystery and myth once more.

    At this point, $450+, and a lot of legwork, would have got you one of these mythical 1680/1665 replicas until some upstart called Leonado posted the location of the mysterious stall in the MBK shopping centre and invited members to go blow the lid off the whole thing. He promised at one point that he would in fact become a dealer in MBWs.

    (You may note at this point that Maria no longer has anything to do with proceedings and therefore the name MBW should no longer be used, but as mythical a name as that doesn't go away easily.)

    I got the address and sent my brother, a Bangkok resident, a request to pick me up a couple of watches. I mentioned this and when I refused to set up shop, Leonado went on a witch hunt for reasons never adequately explained, but the upshot was that I was not willing to organise a group buy through my brother as he likes his residence/work visa and selling contraband, with the little experience he had, was simply not worth the risk.

    In steps, at this point, the saviour of the rephound, TTK.

    TTK sees that there is serious demand and decides that he will do a group buy, offering the hitherto unheard of price of $350 a watch. It was a great success and since then TTK has offered MBWs (even though they no longer should carry the name) as part of his regular range.

    Any details about individual watches are mentioned in various threads throughout the forums. Enjoy your reading.

    My not-from-Maria MBWs follow. Mods by yours truly.

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    Thanks Pug, this is simply the the best explanation I have read to date. The explanation is much appreciated.
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    Got it, Rob? Great history lesson.
    Sue Lor: All the people in this house are very traditional. Number one: never touch a Hmong person on the head. Not even a child. The Hmong people believe that the soul resides on the head, so don't do that.
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    Sue Lor: Yeah, and a lot of Hmong people consider looking someone in the eye to be very rude! That's why they look away when you look at them.
    Walt Kowalski: Yeah. Anything else?
    Sue Lor: Yeah... some Hmong people tend to smile or grin, when they're yelled at. It's a cultural thing, it expresses embarrassment or insecurity. It's not that they're laughing at you or anything.
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    This one is worth making a "sticky," Pug. With By-tor's review, it really cleared the history up. NOW I understand!
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    I could not agree more with you drhydro....

    Great history lessson Pugwash...

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    Yeah I got it, now where can I buy one? Does TTK still sell em?
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    Quote Originally Posted by txrob779 View Post
    Yeah I got it, now where can I buy one? Does TTK still sell em?
    Hi Rob...

    Both TTK and Paso sells them... you can contact both and see who reply back...

    Good luck

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    Thank you very much
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    ros, TTK and Paso are well known dealers w excellent MBW's.

    good luck.
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    JCM you are sure in right!

    But I 'm looking only for one EROPEAN dealer, to void custom problems, that accept paypal .

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    ahhh, ok ros.

    Share your pics and experience when your mbw arrives.

    Thanks ros.

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    I think Paso may still be a bit unwell, so may not be able to reply.

    Wishing him all the best still

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosnik View Post
    But I 'm looking only for one EROPEAN dealer, to void custom problems, that accept paypal .
    At this point, you should fill in your location. Click here do do that: http://www.repgeek.com/usercp.php

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    sorry folks, was trying to change my location. Came up on here. apologies

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvlgary View Post
    sorry folks, was trying to change my location. Came up on here. apologies
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    Yes it's nailed!!!


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    Cool history lesson. Cleared up the mystery for me!

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    Great history by Pugwash. He did it again. I also have doubt for a long time but never find a great detail as his explanation here. Give it 2 thumbs up and five stars rated. Sticky this please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssalxpanerai View Post
    Sticky this please.
    I thought it was already a sticky.

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