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Old 01-30-2016, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been in serach of an umolested, mint condition 6309-729A for more or less a year now. Most of these watches in the marked (ebay) are useless to me, due to aftermarked dials,hands and overpolished cases. I dont get it.
No one show any love for these underestimated version of the 6309.

I have had a couple of 7290´ies. One philippino/ebay with soft polished case and acid-green time-marks, sold as "very rare". yes, indeed
The other one was a heavily beat up, but original one that I got very attached to. But I ended up selling it. I never felt comfortable with the fact that I was not the one that was responsible for its scars. It felt like wearing another guys mojo if you know what I mean I love faded bezels and scruffy dials/hands, but still it feels better when you know those scars are a reflection of your own lifestyle, and not someone else.. anyway
Here is a pic of it:





I decided start the hunt for mint condition one, and decided on the 729A
I remember very well those seiko-pepsies from my childhood but never had the opportunity to have one. When I 30 years later got interested in watches, I bought a skx009 and got immediately content, as if a lost part of my childhood finally returned to me. I dont know what it is with pepsies. Some people hate them, me,..I love them. They are so cool!
I mean...who was cooler in the eighties than Tom Sellec, MagnumPI with his Pepsi Rolex GMT....(and his red ferrari 308 )

Anyway: here is my new gem, purchased from a very nice fellow here at scwf.


The very interesting with this one is its bracelet which I believe is the original one. Correct me if I am wrong.
The 6309 729x came usually on the GL831, but also on a jubilee-style bracelet. That is anyway what I have managed to dig out of the world wide web. If anyone can correct me here, please do.
I first thought that that mystery bracelet would be the z199 that came with the 7548 quartz-diver, but I have never found any info or images that this would be the case. The fact that the new innovative super-hightech quartz-diver was first released with the new slim-case makes it quite logic Seiko equipping it with the solid steel z199 bracelet. When the automatic 6309-729x was released some years later, automatic was representing an ancient technology and Seiko didn´t equip that watch with the same bracelet as the 7548 quartz-diver. But what bracelet was attached to the 729A?
I believe it to be this:




It´s a folded link bracelet. Links very thin and with mild convex and very tight put together. This makes the bracelet less flimsy and rattly. The end-links are marked Y035 are very much like the endlinks of the z199, missing the three typical jubilee lines.

It has a drastic but classic taper going from 22mm to 16mm and has the stock Seiko clasp from the seventies. I have added a picture of the bracelet next to a 6139 H-link and a skx-jubilee for comparison.
The bracelet looks and feels very 70-ies but I havent succeeded finding a watch from the same era or earlier that had 22mm lugs.
Nor a watch that used fat-springs, as this bracelet accomodates.
This is why I am tempted to conclude this being the original 6309-729x bracelet..



Finally, some images of the 729A on the skx-jubilee, together with its father and grandfather





That´s all, folks !
Feel free to comment and correct, and post your own images of 729A.

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Old 01-30-2016, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Excellent review so thanks for posting. My 6309-729A came on the same bracelet.

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I have one its in my safe box it comes with a seiko jubilee bracelet I will post pic of it as soon as I can get my hands on it . Your hand bezel and dial bracelet all looks aftermarket .


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I have one its in my safe box it comes with a seiko jubilee bracelet I will post pic of it as soon as I can get my hands on it . Your hand bezel and dial bracelet all looks aftermarket .


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Sorry sir it was just my honest opinion regarding your review apologies.I just like to share n stand to be corrected


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It would be interesting to hear on what basis you claim my dial, hands, bezel and bracelet to be all aftermarket.
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Well, viewing wildaxlrose's pics, I'd say he believes his dial, bezel inlay and hands to be correct, which I think is not the case.
Have a look at you Suwa symbol, the lower tips of the 12 o'clock marker and the borders of the hour markers... Also, the bezel pip is a telltale sign of an AM insert.

I'm sorry, wildaxlrose, but you seem to have bought a watch that is not all-original. I don't think you have to keep that one in the safe...
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Came over another unmolested 6309-pepsi a couple of weeks ago. Since these are not up for sale on ebay on regular basis, I just had to bid on it, and you know what...no one seemed to be very interested in it. I set max bid on $100, and got it for $98 :-)
The pristine one cost me $325, but that one looks almost untoutched.
The new one has as you see rotten hands (planning on cleaning them up, and a relume) Elsewise the watch is in pretty good shape. Movement is superclean and keeps good time. Just gottal ove these movements :-)


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Old 03-15-2016, 08:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The hands on my mint 729A was slightly matte. Especially the minute hand.
I was afraid the matte surface was the starting of corrotion, but it turned out being kind of very fine dust.

I removed the hands and polished the matte surface off, with som Bergeon rodico putty. It turned out like new.
Now the watch is truely mint conditioned :-)


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Well, viewing wildaxlrose's pics, I'd say he believes his dial, bezel inlay and hands to be correct, which I think is not the case.
Have a look at you Suwa symbol, the lower tips of the 12 o'clock marker and the borders of the hour markers... Also, the bezel pip is a telltale sign of an AM insert.

I'm sorry, wildaxlrose, but you seem to have bought a watch that is not all-original. I don't think you have to keep that one in the safe...
After my brief encounters with 6309-729's I have to agree Jonas. At least my AM laden 6309-729A looks 'mint' to the uninitiated and only cost me $50 anyway
edit:- after just having a look at what is on offer on eBay, I was mildly surprised to find not a single example of the 6309-7290/A without an after market dial, despite the claims of originality and prices in excess of $250!

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I like 'em... Here's one of mine:

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Beautiful watches!
To the original poster {op}, that 729a is really sweet. I always liked the 6309 movements and the slim cased models are perfect for the days you want to wear something with a bit less of a footprint.
That size also makes a great starter watch for kids. Trying to get one put together for my son so he'll have it when he's ready. I wore a 7548 {same case but quartz train} for twenty years straight before I ever moved up to the 6309-7040...love that case!
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I really like these and one would be next on my list. Which would complete what I'd want from a slim case diver range. 7c43, 7548, skx and then this.

And wildaxlrose I hope you chased up the seller who told you that was all original. Sorry to see that, but the parts on that watch are mostly AM.
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Thanks guys for all the input kinda of heartbroken but still love this piece a lot ,it's great to learn from you guys and thanks for the review


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here's mine

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Learned a lot from reading these series of posts! Thanks!
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Good info here.
Thanks for sharing
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Due to photobuckets messup, I´ve hade to reload all my pictures (imgur).
Now this review is up and going again :-)
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Thanks for updating your thread! Really nice watch and the detailed pics are very valuable!
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Thank you Seikostar! Huge images!
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Great info.
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Do the true dials have a blue tint to them? Some of the pictures, they look black some, blueish.

I'm trying to figure out if my supposedly correct dial is correct. It is definitely black, has Japan before the 6309 and is a different dial code.
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Do the true dials have a blue tint to them? Some of the pictures, they look black some, blueish.

I'm trying to figure out if my supposedly correct dial is correct. It is definitely black, has Japan before the 6309 and is a different dial code.
Mine is defenitely blue
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beautiful posts....very interesting for me.
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Lot of information for identification, thanks
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