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Old 05-17-2016, 04:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sportsmatic Restoration, Modification, or an Abomination?

About 6 months ago I purchased some NOS Seiko cases on ebay. Among them was this early ss Sportsmatic case:



I've spent the last several months searching ebay for a suitable watch to fill my case. Last week I found this:




I was the lone bidder, and it became mine for $25. I imagine this is because the case was in such poor condition.

I really like the black dial, the unusual shaped hands, and the simple, unframed date window. On top of everything else, it keeps great time!

Tomorrow I will begin it's transformation into a two-toned watch.

What is your opinion: is this a restoration, a modification, or an abomination?
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Restore it, its a great looking watch and deserves to survive.
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi,

I suppose it depends on the way you look at what you are doing.

The angle I would look at it is, if my favourite car was damaged in a way that made it unusable and the only way to sort it out was to re-shell it, I would see that as an acceptable option to get what I wanted back into use and probably consider that in the realms of a restoration of the vehicle.
So I would see what you are proposing to do in as much the same way. A bit of an extreme example I know but, the analogy works of me.

I suppose it just has to look right when completed, to what degree do you mean two tone?
I can see the NOS case looks like its stainless and old one is plated, is there anything that you need to transfer over to new case or do you refer to the colour of the hands being gold making it two tone?

Either way it will make a nice watch into a stunning watch.

I like the look of these and when I can afford to start looking to buy again will maybe have a look around of one of these.
Credit card's had a bit of a battering of late but not on watch related purchases


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This isn't my first Seiko recasing.

Here's an earlier recased M55 Sea Lion. Like the Sportsmatic, I bought the NOS stainless steel case and waited for the right watch to come up on ebay.

Here it is paired with a NOS coffin bracelet (I bought four cheap) it has become one of my favorites:




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Well, i'm finished:



I'm a bit disappointed. I assumed that I would be able to buff out the indices into shinny little golden bars, but it just wasn't to be.

Perhaps I should sell it on ebay?
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Any thoughts?


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I like it a lot except the hands would look a ton better in stainless steel. The gold hands in the silver case seem off a bit.

I too have been disappointed trying to polish out hour indices. Not easy. In your case, being gold but patina'd, they look great on the black dial in the SS case.
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Planning to relume the hands?

The watch looks great. What size is it?
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