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axb 09-27-2018 07:08 AM

New Project - The Brass Watch - Opinions appreciated
This Seiko 6119-8430 has been lying in the drawer since i picked it up as part of a bulk lot on eBay in early 2009. The gold plating was completely wrecked so I stripped it back to the brass underneath with the idea to replate, probably with black chrome, In the end the cost of replating was more than I was willing to spend, so into the drawer it went, and there it stayed for the next nine years!

Original eBay Photo

With the current trend for bronze and brass watches, and the great patina they develop, I remembered this case and decided to see what it could become...I thought I'd post so you can follow along.

​The case, stripped of gold plating and polished

Playing with the look, here are quick and dirties of some of the dial options I'm considering
The Original - probably the least likely, I fancy changing the look.
The Retro - Doesn't show up well in the photo but this is a dark reddish brown - might contrast well with the case once the patina sets in.
The Diver - an original dial from an SKX031 - in the vein of bronze panerais???
The Doxa - similar idea to the Diver
The Wreck - a knackered LM dial in hints of green, rust and broken - could look awesome, but the tall markers will mean little hands...

Nextstep is to add patina to the case - thinking a vinegar fume steam bath - which will help influence dial choice.

What do you think? Any preferences?


briang 09-27-2018 07:25 AM

Liking the Doxa.

axb 09-27-2018 09:55 PM


Originally Posted by briang (Post 2656291)
Liking the Doxa.

Cheers's one of the top contenders...

Kenny6139 09-27-2018 10:46 PM

I vote for the Doxa. Green and brass go together like peas and carrots.

axb 10-01-2018 01:12 AM

After force-ageing the case in a sauna of vinegar, the dial choice became a bit clearer. The diver dials both had the tab that helps align them with the chapter ring, and whilst I could have filed this off they're both in very good nick and i didn't want to wreck them. The dress dials both looked OK, but didn't really work with the newly aged case, so 'The Wreck' style was the winner. However, the LM dial had a missing dial foot and the other was not a fir for the 6119 movement I was planning to use, so back to the parts bin for something similar...

The winner:

Now for hand choices:

axb 10-01-2018 03:22 AM

I made my hand choice, set 3. I checked and they were indeed the original hands for the dial, from a 6106-8750 that had had a very tough life... Slapped on a vintage 18mm brown perlon, only just long enough for my wrist.

Here's the finished product...

The Brass Watch

briang 10-01-2018 05:16 AM

Funny, I'm not into wabi, knocked about dials and still out on brass cases. This little creation looks like an old friend. Well done Alex.

axb 10-01-2018 05:27 AM

Cheers Brian, not my usual thing either, just playing really. Having said that Im quite pleased with the result...

3366carlos 10-01-2018 09:42 AM

Nice custom watch
Nobody else has one.

axb 10-01-2018 09:45 AM


Originally Posted by 3366carlos (Post 2657901)
Nice custom watch
Nobody else has one.

Thanks Carlos, its certainly unique!

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