David Chang
Nov 7, 2010 1:05 AM
Brent Haley sent me his Time Tank/ MInute Machine to polish.

Took lots of pictures. Took me about 6 hours of hand polishing and 2 hours to machine finish the band. The case took about 2 hours total (hand polish and machine finish).

Here you go....


Halfway through the hand polishing process. The toothbrush is to clean the cracks and crevices of the watch.

Finished had polishing.

The case after hand polishing

The back of the case after being cleaned and hand polished.

Lubing the washers/bearings before final assembly


Twenty Fifty
Nov 7, 2010 1:16 AM
Wow, very impressive.
Don Stout
Nov 7, 2010 2:35 AM
Looks good bro
Rich "MPH" Barrios
Nov 7, 2010 3:54 AM
Beautiful work of art!!!
Mike Bahr
Nov 7, 2010 7:00 AM
Meticulous work, and an awesome result, well done.

It'll look sick in the sunlight i bet.
Rick (The Doctor) Fawcett
Nov 7, 2010 7:26 AM
That is splendid!
Jules Neefjes
Nov 7, 2010 11:21 AM
Good work :)
What grid paper do you use actually?
Eric Arsenault
Nov 7, 2010 5:35 PM
Great job with the time tank ! Looks classy as hell.
David Chang
Nov 7, 2010 6:55 PM
Thanks for the all the compliments, guys. I was quite nervous about doing these. Especially since it belongs to someone else.

What grid paper do you use actually?
You ready Jules?

320 MX (not regular 320 grit- MX is some kind of other designation- I don't have the conversion chart here)
360 MX
400 MX
600 MX
800 MX
1200 MX
12000 (AO- I think the AO stands for Aluminum Oxide- but I could be totally wrong)
12000 MX

Then the polish is finished on a machine. with 4 different compounds.

That's why it took 6 hours to do it by hand.

Jules Neefjes
Nov 7, 2010 7:36 PM
Thanks Dave :) I believe it took that long indeed, especially with the curves etc.

Just looked up a conversion table:
320 = 800 grit
360 = 1200 grit
400 = 1350 grit
600 = 1500 grit
800 = 2000 grit
1200 = 2500 grit

What I just saw was that MX is for metal working an AO is for wood/plastics.
I was asking this because I can get hold of some scratched case which I think is pretty interesting to polish up :D

Not sure to make it mirror finish, which is where you need the compounds for isn't it?
For a not totally mirror finish I saw that you can use Brillo after the sanding.
David Chang
Nov 7, 2010 9:16 PM
anything over the 800 MX will start to give you that mirror finish. The 12000mx will do a great job of the mirror finish.

If you want super gloss though/more mirrored finish, you'll need to go with the compound/buffing wheel thing.

Got His Icon !
Nov 8, 2010 3:31 AM
Thansk for posting this, David! I'm working on the exact same thing with one of my tanks!

Nate Long
Nov 8, 2010 4:54 AM
Wow Dave that looks awesome! I cant only imagine how time consuming it would be to get all the little details of a watch! Very impressive
David Chang
Jan 4, 2011 5:41 PM
Happy new years guys...

(Post removed)

Please keep your sales items in the sales section where they belong.

the above was inserted by the moderator.

My apologies in advance, I'm not sure who removed the pictures and such from my original post, so I'm airing this here, otherwise I would PM you about it. Feel free to delete this after you read it.

FYI I was not my intention to use this post to advertise. I'm not a noob and I was a forum moderator at 4x4wire.com. So I understand the importance of the moderators maintaining standards. I was using this post to show the PROJECT, so my apologies for the confusion.

My original post stated that the watch "MIGHT" end up in the classifieds. Which, granted, it did end up in the classifieds, BUT I didn't link to the classified ad here or to an auction. Note: I have since removed the watch (yesterday) from the classifieds.

So for clarification: going forward, is it the policy of the O-review to prohibit members from working on anything, telling anyone about it via a post, and offering it up for sale in the classifieds? Or, is doing so OK, just don't mention that it will be listed for sale (sometime in the near or distant future) anywhere?

David Chang
Jan 4, 2011 5:39 PM
Since my original post was removed:

Here are the pictures (without all the of the commentary stating the differences in the buckles and links):

www.drchop shop.com
Jan 4, 2011 5:54 PM
nice work Dave...Polished tanks really have that added Bling Factor....always good work
David Chang
Jan 4, 2011 7:46 PM
Thank you sir. I think i'm going to try to get a stainless 12 Gauge and polish that.

Unless someone wants to volunteer their's.....

That would be SUPER bling.

Brent Decker
Aug 16, 2011 9:02 PM
Well, thanks to David, he went to work on my Time Tank, just got it back today and all I can say is WOW! I'm very impressed with how it turned out and the pictures just don't do it justice. I would highly recommend David if you need anything polished!
David Chang
Sep 10, 2011 7:19 PM
Thanks, Brent!
It was a pleasure working with you and with your Romeo 1.0 (which, BTW, i haven't seen posted yet, ahem).

I'd be more than happy to do any other pieces you'd like, even those "aluminum" hard cases can be done, as well.

Brent Decker
Sep 11, 2011 5:40 AM
I was going to get a better picture to post but so far this is the best I have for time being
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They sure look stunning don't they!
David Chang
Sep 11, 2011 4:35 PM
I was going to get a better picture to post but so far this is the best I have for time being

They sure look stunning don't they!
I "lowercased" the tags for you..

And yes, they are AWESOME. I love how they polish out. I'm going to re-do my Pit Boss plates and finally get around to polishing my own Time Tank.
Brent Decker
Sep 11, 2011 7:31 PM
I should have been able to figure out that one myself, duh. Here's what I wanted to post originally:

Kenny "HED" Wu
Sep 12, 2011 11:02 AM
polish king has done it again!
David Chang
Sep 13, 2011 3:06 PM
polish king has done it again!
Francois C
Sep 13, 2011 4:06 PM
I have a few difficulties to accept that a Romeo frame has been altered, but I admit that the result looks awesome !

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