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Old 04-22-2011, 01:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't see any posts on this watchunless I missed them all. I am interested in this Japan Domestic watch, which costs around US2300 these days, unless there is more margin than usual.

One of my concerns is that when it comes to SERVICE, say once every 2-3 years, does one have to send this piece back to Japan? It's a one piece back and access is via the top bezel only. It's still THE one diver's watch I would have if I must only have ONE, but maybe it's not too practical if service can only be performed in Japan(!)

Anyoneknow or have experienced such ownership dilemmas?

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Old 04-22-2011, 09:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You should not have to send it back to Japan.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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[size=4]any qualified watchmaker should be able to service it.

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Really nice watch. Not cheap, lol

== SEIKO Marine Master PROFESSIONAL 300M Diver ==
  • Ref: SBDX001
  • Listed Price: 262,500 JPY (incl 5% tax)
  • Movement: 8L35 Automatic 26j
  • Hack function & Hand winding
  • Case: One piece structure, stainless steel
  • Crystal: Dual-curved Hardlex with non-reflective upper coating
  • Lumi Brite
  • Accuracy: +15/-10 sec per day
  • Water proof: 300 m water resistance for divers
  • Anti-magnetic
  • Power reserve: 50 hours
  • Diameter: 44 mm (without the crown)
  • Thickness: 14.6 mm
  • Bezel: Rotating with anti-reverse spin function
  • Crown: Screw-down crown

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Old 05-21-2011, 01:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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2~3 or 5 years is more needed with the swiss movements, I've found the Seiko movement are good for at least 10 years before they start running inaccurate.

I have a 7S26 I bought in 89, I wear it about 7~10 days a month, and it's still spot on!
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:11 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Not just any watchmaker can open these.This is a top loader that requires special tools to not only remove the bezel,
but also get the movement ring off and the crown out.
IWW has serviced this movement.He also had the sapphire replacent crystals,but stopped offering that service.
Seikos service interval is the same as any other automatic.
Get them serviced when you notice a loss in performance.
Theres no set time for this to occur.While one of the same model might run for 5 to 8 years with no issues,another might need work before 4 years.Plenty of opinions about service intervals.Also plenty of information about this watch on wus.
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I know for a fact that the Seiko Service Center will do the repairs for you even if it is a Japan only watch. It may take a little longer if they have to order the parts, but they will repair it with no problem. Furthermore, Joe is right. Seikos last a good while before they need service.

If you like the watch go for it! Do me a favor. If you do get it, let me know where you got it. Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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In regards to getting a MM300 serviced, MCWW and IWW are both certified service providers (both in the USA).

IMO - I would look at preowend MM300s on the preowned sales forums (look at watchrecon.com). They can be purchased LNIB for around $1500 - $1700 USD. These are watches in the range of TZ 95%.

This are two quick searches that I did by the model # - http://www.watchrecon.com/?query=sbdx001 & http://elitedealseeker.com/index.cgi...unction=Search
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BTW - I am currently looking for one! Awesome watch!
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Just a thought, Seiya of Tokyo will send one to you for around US$2200-$2500 depending on the exchange rate which changes daily. Look him up on google. He's a gentleman. You can also email him personally and he would answer all your questions to his best ability. Next time I go to Tokyo, I will arrange for him to deliver the SBDX001 to my hotel room.(!) Meanwhile my "Orca" is doing a fabulous job indeed. It's very accurate and totally fuss-free and dependable.

For what it's worth, I would prefer something like the SBDX001 NEW rather than save a bit of money buying second hand.

The difference, over the life (ownership) of the watch is insignificant. It's similar to buying a pet that costs $1000 versus a slightly lesser sibling from the same litter for 750...no one has ever been disappointed by the best.

with best wishes,

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Here's a list of Seiko service centers in Aussie land! Just thought it might ease your mind and help with the decision. Steve

http://www.seikowatches.com/support/...r/oceania.html
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Thanks for that!

I actually know one of them, RW Harrold in Brisbane.

He did a great job on the 6306...made it as though it just walked out of the shop brand new with just about everything refurbished from new parts from Japan! Astonishing!

I would not hesitate if ever I get near the Green Button for the SBDX 001, as it's one of things you might treasure for a lifetime and can leave to your son...(trouble is, I'll need THREE, not one in that case!)

Thanks for caring...I shall definitely not lose faith entirely...

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According to my watchmaker who services Seiko Marinemasters on a regular basis, the needed "special tool" is not generic to Seiko. An Omega bezel remover is a perfect fit.
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