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Old 10-31-2013, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi There,
Is been a Very very long time since i did these write-ups, trying keep a low profile here...( but actually i hate the photobucket uploading and downloading stuff, if its like Facebook direct upload to page that will be very nice )

Now let's Start,

I have aquired a pretty rare piece of Seiko Rally Sports Diver 5126-8120, from a Korean seller...BUT it is in a poor state ( that is why no-body race me in bidding for this "Precious !!! "

Now the challenge is to RESTORE it to its glory but still retain some aspect of a 1969 vintage.



Now let's see what needs to be done here:
1. Replace the Bazel Insert
I got the replacement from a internet parts seller ( secret ), so i ordered it and it came within a week by EMS. That is a perfact fit.....
2. Replace the Crystal
It came with a generic glass crystal that seem no so nice, so i did some research and found that it uses 320W10GN that is the same as the 6105's and some 6119's, i had some of these laying around so i proceed to open the Crystal retainning Ring. As expected the rubber is gone and Glued on by No-Nails ( epoxy )... had to scraped it off and Soak in thinner fluid over night. It All came of and clean....THEN a bright Idea >> i ahve a 325WxxGN ( Tuna Quartz SBBN007 crystal ) which has a higher Dome thicker walls... I glued it into the INNER bezel ring with Clear Epoxy ...
3. Niddles restore
It came with a badly faded Second niddle, and the Hour and Minute without LUME. so i did a check on the NET and found that the Second hand is Red so i SPRAYed it Using TAMIYA SPRAY PAINT ( dont use normal ones, not enough PIGMENT for a smooth colour coat and too thick ). too make it rustic i left some texture of old paint surface... LUMEed the hands.
4. FACE lift.....
For the face i have to brighten the ORANGE colour, and RE-Lume the dots ( to make it white anf Fresh ) , Thinking for a while and >>> Artline HighLighter flourescent Orange. That works Great!!, Hands as well





You can see the HALF finish work NEW vs Old Orange dots.



Fineshed Dots and Lume clean a bit using Screwdriver ( Get the Black skum off ) before relume...



Lastly Finish Re-Assemble the crystal and Bazel AND on my wrist ...Wa ha ha ha ha



Thank You !!!

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That looks amazing! One thing is to facelift a watch so it looks brand new, but you've managed to keep the old look, which is very impressive indeed!
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That is very good work and a man after my own heart

Just goes to show what can be done with lateral thinking, skill and resourcefulness.
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Hi. Ive been reading the way you had restored your seiko 5126 8120. Its fantastic. Could you tell me when you had found in internet that the seconds hand is red? Im looking photos everywhere and the photos show "orange color" (dark orange perhaps). Other seiko rally (6119...) shows orange colour.
Have you got photos to see the original red seconds hand? I have one 5126 8130 and im looking for one seconds hand but; red or orange? thanks.
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Hi, really inspiring
I am now working on a 6139 with a sweep second hand that loses paint. I decided to re-paint it, I'm using a matte paint for hobby modelling, but I am not satisfied with the result, the paint is grainy....
do you have any suggestion, I do not think I can find TAMIYA SPRAY PAINT in italy
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Hi, really inspiring
I am now working on a 6139 with a sweep second hand that loses paint. I decided to re-paint it, I'm using a matte paint for hobby modelling, but I am not satisfied with the result, the paint is grainy....
do you have any suggestion, I do not think I can find TAMIYA SPRAY PAINT in italy
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Personally I like using an airbrush, you can mix the colour to suit....and it's great fun!
Either way, you will want to water that paint down.
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I do not have the airbrush, I am using a 000 brush.
tomorrow I will try 2 parts of paint 1 part of thinner
right now I am using humbrol red that as far as I know it's a high quality paint.
I will let you know
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Looks beauty.. Reborn as glory!

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WOW!amazing work!!!
i am restoring a 5126-6030 seiko 5 sports diver (orange face)
build date may 1969 !
how does the crown come out of the movement so the movement can be removed from the case? i am a newbie and have just aquired watch repair tools and am eager to get started..........K
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amazing work...very well done....great job
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That is awesome!
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