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Old 01-09-2017, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So fellas, here's the guts of a non working 7548 that I bought for about $55. Seller said it wasn't working as the screw holding the battery in place was missing. I took it to a local watch repair guy, only one near me, I haven't used before, and he took one look at it and said throw it out, old battery leaking, no good. I love the thought of resuscitating an old Seiko, and I love the faded Pepsi bezel on it, but do I return it to the seller? Keep it as a project? Track down a whole new 7548 or 7546 movement? Anyone got one they're willing to part with? Oh and it needs a new crystal and the date advance appears to be stuck too. Love to hear your thoughts! Thank you 2017-01-08 18.11.31.png20170109_113001.jpg

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Old 01-09-2017, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like it's suffered a battery leak, possibly affecting the day/date mechanism
As has been said before look foe a 7546(day and date wheel,will need to bed hanged if the donor watch has 3pm crown)
Looks like a good catch- technically you don't need that battery strap you could stick a sapphire in it like my TST,d 7000

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Hey there. $55 is about right for an acid damaged non-runner in my experience so you didn't get a bargain but you didn't get totally ripped off either.
If you decide to keep it then start looking out for a cheap running 7546. I bought one off yahoo.jp for about $5 plus post a while ago. Just remember to look out for one with crown at 4 so you don't have to switch over the day wheel - but that's easy to do anyway.
The 7546 won't come with a battery clamp screw so you'll have to find one of those too.
If you haven't done so far, this is a perfect opportunity to get into stripping down cases to change gaskets and the crystal, then swap the movement when you're ready.


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Don't return it. I would have it for $55 thanks. For someone else to do it up it's going to cost maybe $160+ for a service and a crystal/O-rings if your lucky and there is nothing more wrong with the watch. But then you have a lovely quartz diver that will out last most and retain its value. Up to you. I have a spare 7546 movement thats running BTW. Good Luck
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Keep it. Follow tritto and melt's advice and also buy a new crystal from Klein vintage watch repair. That'll look great when done. I too will have it after melt has first dibs!
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Here's one that I picked up for about the same money that turned out to be acid damaged. All good now with a donor 7546 and I've learnt a bit about movement swapping from it.



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Aloha Bob,

Bob just keep it and challenge it, can be saved I would say.
Looks nice too. I would go with the advice given.
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Thank you so much everyone I really appreciate the advice, I was leaning toward keeping it, but with two young kids and a home to do list a mile long there's no way I'm getting to fixing it myself anytime soon, much as I would absolutely love to do. So I'm going to have to look for someone to take it on for me, Melt, do you have time to take on am overhaul? Thanks again!

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Here's one that I picked up for about the same money that turned out to be acid damaged. All good now with a donor 7546 and I've learnt a bit about movement swapping from it.



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That bezel looks great thanks for sharing!

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Aloha Bob,

Bob just keep it and challenge it, can be saved I would say.
Looks nice too. I would go with the advice given.
Louis
Thanks uncle, one day I'll get my hands dirty with one of these, my wife would kill me if I tried it now!

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Don't return it. I would have it for $55 thanks. For someone else to do it up it's going to cost maybe $160+ for a service and a crystal/O-rings if your lucky and there is nothing more wrong with the watch. But then you have a lovely quartz diver that will out last most and retain its value. Up to you. I have a spare 7546 movement thats running BTW. Good Luck
Thanks for the info! let me know if you have time or interest in am overhaul!

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Keep it. Follow tritto and melt's advice and also buy a new crystal from Klein vintage watch repair. That'll look great when done. I too will have it after melt has first dibs!
Thanks, Spencer does crystals too? A domed sapphire would look pretty bitchin . . . .

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I don't think Spencer works in sapphire. I got one from Yobokies a couple of years ago. Personally I'd go for one without AR though - blue AR doesn't mix well with aged lume.


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I don't think Spencer works in sapphire. I got one from Yobokies a couple of years ago. Personally I'd go for one without AR though - blue AR doesn't mix well with aged lume.


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Ok cool, maybe I'll just keep it stock with a standard crystal, hmmm

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maybe, complete overhaul will revive the movement.
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I have used various quality crystals in the 7548s (still do) but imo the original flat crystal takes some beating in the looks department
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this is mine ~with inner domed crystal .
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this is mine ~with inner domed crystal .
Looks great!

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Does look good that Kuan!
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+1 kuan, can you share more on that crystal.
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