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Old 04-07-2019, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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About a year ago I posted a thread covering the rescue of a quartz diver that was in a sorry state.

This time it's a mechanical diver, a Seiko 6105-8000 from 1971 that I picked up a few years ago. The watch was running but only for short periods and not keeping time. Some lume rot was setting in on the dial plots and vegetables were starting to grow on the hands where lume once was. The bezel insert was incorrect and there was a nasty vertical scratch on the crystal around 3.



Time to send it off to my watch guy in the UK for some much needed cosmetic restoration work and a full service.
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Old 04-07-2019, 12:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First thing he did was strip all the old lume

Of some concern was the marks clearly visible on the dial from work done by a previous owner
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He does fantastic lume work imo and already this classic is starting to look respectable. The marks on the dial cleaned up very nicely

Just look at that glow
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With the lume work done it was time to get the movement stripped and serviced


With the replacement of a few parts and servicing complete, this baby was starting to look like it had just left the factory
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With a new bezel insert and type III crystal fitted, it is looking rather handsome and almost ready to come home and be test driven

Must confess that I'm thrilled with the result and looking forward to getting this one on the wrist.
Seiko Rescue II done and dusted
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Saved a piece of history. Your repair guy does beautiful work.
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That's beautiful and just in time for the reissue of the Seiko SLA033!
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Man, did that turn out gorgeous! And what an outstanding job Seiko did designing this watch. I have but an humble homage but still enjoy that very much. Another icon preserved for generations to come!
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Superb work, I can't wait to see the wrist shots.

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Saved a piece of history. Your repair guy does beautiful work.
Yes, he does. Glad I found him
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That's beautiful and just in time for the reissue of the Seiko SLA033!
The reissues are very nice. Only problem is the new logo $
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... Another icon preserved for generations to come!
And that's part of the enjoyment
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Reflex:
IMHO saving this guy from oblivion rates 100 Attaboys.
My local watch guy of 35+ years, Larry Waters, proposed
an opportunity to Moi. Pick any cushion cased Seiko I had
a hankering for and he'd refurb it for Just North of $200.

He has a cigar box full of vintage Seikos. All types avail.
Musing over this opportunity. He's a 2nd Gen watch guy.
His dad and his uncle trained he and a cousin in the arts
of mechanical horology. While I was running freight trains,.

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Boy oh boy, that really did turn out unbelievable, and seriously looks
like a brand new watch from here ! ..It's something how a watch
can seem like it's on it's last legs, and then be returned to A+ condition
like this really.

Yup, can only imagine how pleased you are right now. Really have to
be in awe of how great everything turned out. ..Enjoy sir !

Wow, thank you very much for the incredible look at all of this !!!
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Wow, looks like it came from a time capsule. Nice careful, respectful restoration of a true classic.

Hats off to your man in the UK!
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Nice nylon strap.
Ever try a velcro strap?
OK. But nuthin to write home about

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Wow, looks like it came from a time capsule. Nice careful, respectful restoration of a true classic.

Hats off to your man in the UK!
Cheers Eric. I'm all for original as far as possible but not if has to remain unsightly. I like 'em to look nice
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