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Old 07-10-2012, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all. Just joined. I'm a long time contributor on WUS and a few other forums.


[color=rgb(51, 51, 51)]Now that I have achieved my Grail MM300, I thought I would search for cheaper projects to work on. A vintage digital Seiko restoration fits the bill, so in this thread I will document my light restoration of this Seiko quartz timer that I picked up for $35 on ebay. Showed up reading the correct time, so it appears to function well. Light doesn't work, and I have not tested the alarm, but all-in all, not bad for a digital watch made in 1978. A few "before" photos are below. I'm open to any tips or suggestions.
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[color=rgb(51, 51, 51)]Watch Head:[color=rgb(51, 51, 51)]The head is in decent shape, although numerous scratches, nothing deep. I plan to remove the movement and pushers, polish the crystal and then re-brush the case after a good cleaning. I like the lines of the cushion case. I will try to polish the crystal in place without removing, and then mask it when I brush the case. Crystal is not bad as is but has a few surface scratches. I assume mineral? Would like to try to remove the black speaker plate and give it a polish, and perhaps touch up with a sharpie. Any tips on this would be appreciated. Found a good tech guide here: http://www.digitalwatchlibrary.com/i...uals/A159A.pdf[color=rgb(51, 51, 51)]The Bracelet: Very comfortable folded link bracelet. Fits me perfectly on the smallest micro-adjustment setting - 7.25" wrist. There are 1" worth of micro-adjustments on this thing! I like how it is brushed perpendicular to the bracelet. I will brush out the clasp and re-brush the bracelet. I may then use a sharpie to re-blacken the dark links. I will post progress here this week. Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated.







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I own both models, excellent!


The A159 is a great watch - they're usually really worn and most folks haven't seen them in their full glory. They're great watches. Good luck with the restoration! Here's my A159.


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I own both models, excellent!


The A159 is a great watch - they're usually really worn and most folks haven't seen them in their full glory. They're great watches. Good luck with the restoration! Here's my A159.



Looks like yours is in nice shape. Didn't expect to see another owner chime in so soon.
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Man I'm years into collecting Seiko's and still don't have the MM ??? looks great.
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I own both models, excellent!

The A159 is a great watch - they're usually really worn and most folks haven't seen them in their full glory. They're great watches. Good luck with the restoration! Here's my A159.

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You can - well most of the time - push the speaker grille out from the back when the speaker is removed. it can be bent back into shape if you do crease it but try not to primarily
behind the grille is a metal mesh, it will be pretty manky - clean it in an ultrasonic is the best way
I use 2 part crystal glue to reset them in place


the rest is pretty easy and you ll have some fun
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Welcome and enjoy the SCWF. Nice pair you have there. x2

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Man I'm years into collecting Seiko's and still don't have the MM ??? looks great.

I'm new to this particular forum but it was quite a few years between first strapping on my Orange monster and acquiring my recent MM300.
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