Seagull 1963 Air Force Chronograph: An Homage Mod
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    Seagull 1963 Air Force Chronograph: An Homage Mod

    As a modder of watches, mostly Seikos, I couldn't help but attempt an homage mod of the 1963 Seagull chrono when I saw an inexpensive faux-chrono on the Bay that had some similarities. It only has working day/date/24-hour sub-dials and a plated base metal case, but at less than $20, it was hard to talk myself out of trying it. I also find it immensely funny to do a homage to an affordable $200 watch, albeit a well known one among these WIS circles.

    Here's the watch in its original form.

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    After I disassembled the watch, the Laogeshi brand marker proved easy to remove with a nudge of a toothpick and the Bergeon hands removal protection pad. I had also thought of removing the hour markers to paint them gold with my Krylon paint pen, but decided against it, as I prefer the silver markers more (I've always preferred the panda and reverse-panda dials, but think 42mm is too big for my tastes.)

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    I found 3mm star shapes on the Bay, as well, and used Krylon markers to give it a coat of red for the star. It's a bit flat, compared to the metal trim on the original, but works, I think. Did the same thing with the blue seconds hand.

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    I reassembled everything back together. Getting the pushers for the day/date sub-dials to line up and work was a bit tricky.

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    And then here it is on my wrist.

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    Not bad for a homage mod, $25 all-in?
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    Re: Seagull 1963 Air Force Chronograph: An Homage Mod

    LoL. Nice one.
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    Re: Seagull 1963 Air Force Chronograph: An Homage Mod

    I may yet paint the markers gold and do something about the star to give it a metallic edge, when I have time. Also: maybe etch the Chinese characters for the word China somewhere, as a greater nod.
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    Re: Seagull 1963 Air Force Chronograph: An Homage Mod

    After a while, I decided that the dial was a bit too empty, as I haven't been a fan of sterile dials.
    So, why the hell not, I decided to make my own mushroom brand and rearranged and added some letters to make HEGEL.
    Some philosophy folks might find it funny.

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    Last edited by spacetimefabric; June 7th, 2013 at 21:43.
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    Re: Seagull 1963 Air Force Chronograph: An Homage Mod

    Nice!
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    Re: Seagull 1963 Air Force Chronograph: An Homage Mod

    I think you have probably had $40 worth of fun from this $20 watch already!

    You have tempted me to try something similar
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    It looks really cool for $20 investment.
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