The TAG Heuer 1000 "Black Bay" Patina Automatic

  1. TyJoSimo43

    TyJoSimo43 Jan 22, 2019

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    Been a long time since I have had the time to post about some of the projects I have had are going. I have now sold three of the TAG Heuer 1000 GMT's (and many other watches) and have two more in the making including one that was sent off to Ireland to have the dial painted! I'm very excited to share that one with you all when its done, I'm sure it will look very very unique, even if it is not my personal taste. Anyways enough of that, onto what I dragged you in here for, my latest completed project.

    This project began as a thought in my head that essentially went, "I have all these old worn out parts that don't deserve to be tossed, what can I do with them??". The answer? Build a "super patina" watch that is well built, automatic, and looks like it has been through a few lifetimes. The trick? Making that not look dumpy or like it doesn't belong. I think I did pretty well all things considered. This is a brief rundown on how I built it.

    Like I said, I have been accumulating lots of parts as I have been working on watches over the past few months, many of them were not in the tip top condition that I like to use in my high end customer builds but I keep them regardless as I may be able to restore them or use them for a project like this.

    The core of the project began as a L-Case 980.013 case with a missing bezel that I then replaced with an old gold one and I bought an insert that I proceeded to scratch up to match the rest of the case and placed it in. I then tracked down an auto movement based on the ETA 2824 to use as the workhorse of the watch. It was then that I used an old two tone tag dial, and some gold Heuer hands with broken lume, and a beat up high dome crystal from a 980.033, and a gold crown to finish off the rest of the parts that I would need. I then just needed to assemble the watch and make a few tweaks to make things fit. I then put it the watch on a dark brown leather strap and was blown away. It wasn't exactly what I had pictured but it turned out just as cool in a different way! Enjoy!

    I would appreciate any comments that you have!

    Tyler Simon - Simon Watch Company
    www.simonwatchcompany.com
    Instagram @SimonWatchCompany
     
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  2. Remo

    Remo Jan 24, 2019

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    A lot of work. What size is the watch?
     
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  3. Pitfitter446

    Pitfitter446 Jan 24, 2019

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    Nice a strange way, I couldn’t say what makes it appealing, but I’d wear that, $64k question, How much?
     
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    TyJoSimo43 Jan 26, 2019

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    It's a 38mm watch without the crown guards. :thumbsup:
     
  5. TyJoSimo43

    TyJoSimo43 Jan 26, 2019

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    I think I will be asking around $450usd for it, cheaper than your average 1000.