6152 How to build stage 64
Fitting the Plexi: This plexi is a little tight on one side. This is easy to correct.
6152 How to build stage 65
I have reduced the plexi size a little on one side using P400 wet and dry paper
6152 How to build stage 66
After sanding use Displex to polish the area (by hand its quick and easy to do)
6152 How to build stage 67
After polishing the Plexi is super clear and like glass.
6152 How to build stage 68
The Plexi is a nice firm fit. To seal the Plexi and make water-tight use clear silicone. Do NOT Seal the Plexi just yet. The Plexi will need to be removed if you plan to solder the Stem Tube to make the case water tight (optional).
6152 How to build stage 69
Its not necessary to make water tight but if you do then follow these tips.
There are three areas to seal A) The Case Back B) The Stem Tube and Crown C) The Plexi.
First we need to solder the Stem Tube to the case, this is how the authentic Vintage Panerai 6152 cases were sealed.
ALWAYS set-up the Stem Tube Crown and cut the Winding Stem to the correct length BEFORE soldering. The Stem Tube can sometimes provide fine adjustment by screwing in or screwing out a little. Note there may be a gap at the bottom of the stem tube, this is ok, below I will show you how this is filled with solder.
6152 How to build stage 70
Run a little solder around the stem tube. There will be a “gap” at the bottom of the Stem Tube between the Stem Tube and Case. Solder from the top first, eventually the solder will run to the bottom. Let it harden then fill with solder. Do NOT try to fully screw the Stem Tube into the case so there is no gap, if you do you may find that the Stem Tube is too short.
6152 How to build stage 71
When you get your hands they will probably look like this, they are too new. Its time to change the lume and age them. Click to enlarge the image it will show you the different types.
6152 How to build stage 72
There are many ways to age hands. Some methods require a little skill as its easy to damage the hands.