Originally Posted by gdl203
I turned it into a watch that didn't exist at that time - I guess it looked like a 45mm version of a PAM 21... hence the nickname I gave it (PAM 21-0)
I get your point about the original hands and I don't disagree that it's a stretch - yet, I still don't see how swapping hands on a 5513 would be a waste of a watch, and don't see either how every cent spent on altering a watch is wasted - whether that's worth it or not is so completely personal.
Misunderstanding - the idea of getting a watch (or anything) that is aaaalmost right but not completely is a brilliant way of spending a lot of money on something that doesn't satisfy you. Seen it too many times, done it myself even more. Almostwatches, pure evil! Sooner or later it comes creeping...
That's the thing with the MilFaux project. If you take a 5513 and pimp it with a ten-dollar set of aftermarket sword hands it doesn't become a MilSub. It goes from being a really nice vintage sports watch and a true icon that NO watch enthusiast will frown upon and turns into a watch that is nothing but a rather expensive wannabe. That's a wasted watch. It could be what is is (and that is good!
) or something that it isn't (and that I would be rather embarassed to wear - but that could just be me and my pretensions...).
If one has to have the MilSub look - buy a Steinhart or a MkII. Or a 5517, but that might be a bit out of reach (and that's why it's so desired).
Nuff about that, anyway. Agree to disagree, &cet.