Modding and Style-theft

I have always loved the design of the Datejust, but neither can you buy one of these nor do I have that kind of money.

So after researching and quite some time and experience in watch collecting and tinkering, I also stumbled across the topic of modding watches. So after reading into that and finding different sources for watch parts I ordered a few parts and a NH35 Movement to build a watch in a style that I like.

The result can be seen in the picture above. Of course it looks a lot like a DJ, as that is kinda what I’m into. I really like the dial and the case and bracelet feels quite valuable.

I’m really happy with the result, it has a reliable movement and looks great imo. And all of that for a price of not even 150€ in total.

Do you think it’s too close to the origin of inspiration? Should I be worried I deliberately built a fake/hommage? 😅 habe you done sth like that?

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Yea I missed the boat for when the seiko sarb017 back when it was at it regularl price. So I build a watch that gave me the same feel but was different. You can see it in my profile background picture first one bottom right corner.

As far as you buillding a fake/homage

A fake is only classified if you where trying to pass it off as the real thing so if the dial doesn’t say Rolex then it can’t be considered a fake.

Homage yea maybe there are a lot of design similarities but who the hell cares?!

If someone ask if that’s a Rolex?

You get to say definitely not a Rolex but I built this my self!

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If you run a Google Lens search on your picture, Rolex isn't in the first half dozen results, so I think you're safe😉

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Mr.Santana

Yea I missed the boat for when the seiko sarb017 back when it was at it regularl price. So I build a watch that gave me the same feel but was different. You can see it in my profile background picture first one bottom right corner.

As far as you buillding a fake/homage

A fake is only classified if you where trying to pass it off as the real thing so if the dial doesn’t say Rolex then it can’t be considered a fake.

Homage yea maybe there are a lot of design similarities but who the hell cares?!

If someone ask if that’s a Rolex?

You get to say definitely not a Rolex but I built this my self!

Thanks! Just what I wanted to hear 😍 I really wouldn’t even want the dial to say Rolex.. I mean, there are millions of Rolexes.. but my watch is a one of a kind 😉 and I’m proud I built it.

I really like your SARBalike. Looks really interesting and special. Especially the case looks really cool and rugged👍🏻

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It’s cool to make what you like instead of just buying a homage watch. It is a very good looking watch. Wear it well and enjoy

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Cantaloop

If you run a Google Lens search on your picture, Rolex isn't in the first half dozen results, so I think you're safe😉

Nice 🤩👍🏻😂

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Imbriolo12

It’s cool to make what you like instead of just buying a homage watch. It is a very good looking watch. Wear it well and enjoy

Thanks! I surely will :)

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Cool mod project, frend. 😎 Glad you're happy how it turned out. Building a watch for yourself is surely gratifying. 🍻

There's one beautiful watch that many a YTer watch enthusiast describe as the "Best Rolex Datejust Alternative". I heartily recommend it. It's the Seiko 5 SNXS7x line. The one I have is the SNXS79.

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With all due respect, I beg to differ with all these YTers because this watch is unique unto itself, and its beauty stands on its own given Seiko's long history of watchmaking, and distinctive design DNA. I don't blame them for linking it to the Datejust, especially if their only reference point for good click bait, and all things watches, is a Rolex. But I digress.

The case design of the SNXS7x line is unique from the Dj, as it follows a long line of predecessors with similar aesthetic from the 70's and 80s.

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The crown at 4 is a well-known Seiko style.

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And, it's sunburst dial is simply mesmerizing, changing color ever so slightly depending on the angle of the light source.

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Finally, as demonstrated above and below, putting it on different bracelets and straps gives it a whole new look and vibe, displaying its versatility.

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I recently wrote a post about this versatility from bracelets and straps.

You might want to add one to your collection, if you haven't already. Prost! 🍻

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hakki501

Cool mod project, frend. 😎 Glad you're happy how it turned out. Building a watch for yourself is surely gratifying. 🍻

There's one beautiful watch that many a YTer watch enthusiast describe as the "Best Rolex Datejust Alternative". I heartily recommend it. It's the Seiko 5 SNXS7x line. The one I have is the SNXS79.

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With all due respect, I beg to differ with all these YTers because this watch is unique unto itself, and its beauty stands on its own given Seiko's long history of watchmaking, and distinctive design DNA. I don't blame them for linking it to the Datejust, especially if their only reference point for good click bait, and all things watches, is a Rolex. But I digress.

The case design of the SNXS7x line is unique from the Dj, as it follows a long line of predecessors with similar aesthetic from the 70's and 80s.

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The crown at 4 is a well-known Seiko style.

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And, it's sunburst dial is simply mesmerizing, changing color ever so slightly depending on the angle of the light source.

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Finally, as demonstrated above and below, putting it on different bracelets and straps gives it a whole new look and vibe, displaying its versatility.

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I recently wrote a post about this versatility from bracelets and straps.

You might want to add one to your collection, if you haven't already. Prost! 🍻

I find this way cooler than the DJ.

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The Datejust has a "Calatrava" style dial. What we think of as original design is often just borrowing a very long time ago.

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I find myself in the same scenario as you, liking a lot of watches that are out of my financial reach, so I too started collecting mod watches. Funny enough I had a modder create something similar to yours. What you think?

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