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Old 06-19-2016, 04:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bluefin tst {more photos added}

It's been awhile since my last post but I've been working on a few things these past couple months. Any build can take time and having patience is part of the process.

That being said, there are still a couple things left to complete on this build, but I think it's still within reason to show you all how this is turning out.

Future posts will have more photos in a sort of "start to finish" arrangement but for now, you can see where I landed.

The base watch is a 6309-7290. All machine work and case finishing was done by John Bentley {aka the tigerUK}.

While John had my parts on the bench, I took the opportunity to source out this blue Seiko dial. The hands I had already sourced last year.

The movement was completely serviced and dial/hands installed...almost ready.

The cases and shrouds arrived just in time. New sapphire crystal installed, all gaskets and o-rings were on hand. Bezel arrived from Rob, insert and bracelet from Harold {3 day shipping...amazing Harold!!}

Let's see if all the patience paid off.

My first Bluefin tst diver...hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed building it!

Comments welcome!

Mike
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Old 06-19-2016, 05:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mike - I really like this - the blue really does 'work' with this - well done
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VERY nice, I do like blue .
When I was building my TST, I initially intended to go the 'mod' route.
I got a set of hands, the same as the ones that you used, 'lined up' a coin edge bezel, but then could not find a suitable dial with the correct dial pins for the 6309, 4 o'clock, movement. All of the ones, that I really liked, currently available from from either Dagaz or Harold, were only available with dial pins for the 7S26 , then the case/shroud came back from John, so not having your patience, I did a 'trial' build using 'traditional' parts (a 6309-7040 dial, OEM SKX 007 hands and bezel insert), together with a sharkmesh bracelet, promptly fell in love with the look and will now not be changing it.
If I get a sudden, unexpected, influx of cash however, (a bit unlikely ), I can see me building a second one, not unlike yours (where did the dial come from?).
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Looking forward to the start to finish post, Mike. Looks great. Only thing I'd be tempted to see would be a different insert. But it's growing on me. Looks great on the wrist shot!
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your positive comments on this one.
The dial is an original Seiko part that came from another watch. I had been wanting this color for my first Bluefin diver and mentioned it to Paul {aka lewie}. He sent me a couple links to some listings he had seen and this was one of them. The watch was a non-runner but the dial was spotless and in an odd twist of fate, the dial pins were in the correct locations. I bought the watch without actually knowing if it would fit.
The model is a Seiko 6106-8449. 4 o'clock crown and day/date window at 3. Most of these that I had seen were blue with gold accents for the markers and the date window surround. This one is a brilliant blue with silver markers so the colors are perfectly balanced to compliment some of the other shiny parts.
I believe this model came in emerald green, brandywine and root beer brown as well so there may be some future builds in other colors.
I struggled over the insert but this one is working fine for now. The blue on the insert is a bit darker, but in the sunlight it shows as a candy blue...may try out a couple more as I get closer to completion.

Here's a photo of one of the original DX parts watches. Hard to find, but this listing proves that they do exist. After I bought the first one, I saw this one just a few days ago. Bought it as well.

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Old 06-19-2016, 04:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That dial is beautiful! Are most of the dials from the 60-70s the same size? The interchangeable options become huge if so.
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Cool, I like it, you can't go wrong with a blue diver, in fact my first mod project was a blue diver. Looking forward to the full write-up.
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fantastic work, Mike. I wouldn't change a thing. Has a really cool retro vibe. Can't wait for your step by step post.
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Hi Crazeazn, feca67 and outatime!

Thanks again for the positive feedback!

As to dial interchangeability, there are a few dials that will fit this movement. Most do seem to be the correct size, but all dials won't necessarily fit. The dial would need to have the dial pins or "feet" in the correct location in order to fit on the dial. This dial happened to have the feet in the correct location and also fit up to the chapter ring properly.
If the dial is the correct size, but the feet are in the wrong location, they can be removed altogether and you can use "dial dots" instead. It's also possible to cut off the feet and have them put back in the proper location with a laser welder. This can, however, cause damage to the painted dial face if done incorrectly.

Much better to source out the correct dial. This can be a bit of a trial error process, but there are many here on the forum who have much knowledge on this subject and there are posts regarding dial interchangeability if you do a search for them...this can also depend on which model watch you intend to mod.

I tend to keep it simple with 6309's and 7548's.

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Nice work work Mike. That is an attractive watch.
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Looks good. Nice job on putting it together.
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Thanks Rod and Kintako!

Had to really search for just the right link shape on the bracelet and finally settled on this one.

Mike
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I don't know, Mike, it's a nice blue dial but just seems out place on the tool-ish tst. It's the stick (baton) markers I guess that don't do it for me and the bezel insert. I would probably go with 6105 style hands and stainless insert....but if you like it it's what matters. The best thing about the TST's is that the modifications are limitless and can be put together to your taste.
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Great looking watch, Well done.
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Default Bluefin tst {more photos added}

Well,
This one is completely finished now and I'm actually wearing it today!
The last thing I was waiting on was the TiCN coating on the bezel.
The bezel has a blue tint in the coating {more noticeable in sunlight}.
In normal lighting conditions, the bezel matches the shroud and case finish which appears as a grey color.

Here's a couple photos of the finished watch...

Special thanks to John B. for the case machining and finish, " " to Rob {Monsterwatches} for the bezel, to Harold for the insert and bracelet.

And special thanks to Paul {lewie} for giving me the lead on the dial!!

Comments welcome..

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Ahh the hexad... one of the only bracelets that looks right on a Tuna I have done the same. Nice work Mike!! I am loving the dial and hands on that watch, seems to me that those hands need to be on a beefy case, and seeing how they look on yours I know where mine are going next. Way to lead the pack man!
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Thanks for the positive input Jeremy!

I think the hands work well with the larger case size too.

Will be working on the start to finish post over the next couple weeks.

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Default Bluefin tst...final picture

Ok,
Here's the finished product.
I messed around with several different bracelets and inserts before finally just putting a black tuna diver strap on it and a different insert.

The strap is super comfortable for all day wear and I don't have to worry about scratches.

The insert is the classic Seiko style in a blue color that matches the dial quite nicely.

Comments appreciated!

Thanks,

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Ok,
Here's the finished product.
I messed around with several different bracelets and inserts before finally just putting a black tuna diver strap on it and a different insert.

The strap is super comfortable for all day wear and I don't have to worry about scratches.

The insert is the classic Seiko style in a blue color that matches the dial quite nicely.

Comments appreciated!


Mike
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Very nice Mike, but I think I prefer it with the darker bezel insert......
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Very very nice, I agree with John on the darker bezel.
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Ok,
Thanks for the input on this one.
I did wear it some with the darker insert and I liked that one better too. It made the watch look more formal but there was an issue with the "pearl" mounted atop the lume pip.

It was raised up too much. I've completely pressed out the pearl from the darker insert and am now working on the correct mix of lume and clear binder to fill in the pip.

Once this is done, the darker insert can be installed and we can all go back to being happy and the world will be a better place.

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Wow, that looks pretty. I am hunting for a blue dial watch too.
Good work!!
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Thanks Jin!

Took the Bluefin diving earlier today and the dial looks nice underwater.

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Default Bluefin tst {more photos added}

I wanted to post just one more photo of the Bluefin in it's natural environment.

I think the mixed blue background along with the water imagery really bring out the best in this one.

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Looks great with that insert Mike and that's a cool photo there too. Very blue indeed!
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