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Old 12-04-2016, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some time long ago, actually about 25 years ago, I had been window shopping jewelry stores try to find a watch to replace my long lost Yellow dial 6139-6005 I bought new back in 76'. Of course there was nothing close in comparison as far as I was concerned. However I did find a nice yellow dial Seiko quartz chrono I did have an attraction for. There were only a couple problems. Raising two kids I just couldn't justify spending $395 on a watch although I was tempted. Every trip to the mall I would have another look only to convince myself to walk away empty handed. At some point it was no longer available and thoughts of it fell to the way side.

A few years later I was on vacation in Florida and happened upon a Seiko factory store. In I went with thoughts of that yellow dial chrono. They had some really good deals at the time but didn't carry the watch I was looking for. I was able to settle on a nice white dial 7T32 Quartz diver for $99. I almost bought it's black dial sibling and regretted not getting it for quite some time.

Fast forward 25 years, Yes, that Yellow dial quartz chrono was still on my mind especially when I would see them on ebay. They usually go for a pretty penny and with so many other watches on my mind they were never pursued. That was until recently when a nos 7T32 sample watch surfaced. Not sure what the final selling price would be I set my budget limit which was, well, not much.......lol, and placed a bid which wound up being the winner. The watch arrived and I was surprised to find it was totally complete right down to a disabled movement and full length bracelet just missing the clasp pin. I tried to resurrect the movement to no avail. It had been rendered unusable with some sort of glue. It was removable with time but I couldn't get it out of all the nooks and cranny's finally giving up to look for a donor movement.





The hunt continued with a few possibilities but most were priced higher then I wanted to go. Then one surfaced with a buy it now for $40. Bingo! It was supposed to be in running condition but you know how that goes. It arrived DOA Not in running condition.



First things first, I had hope......, I popped in a new battery and nothing. Wait! I forgot to short the ac to the + battery terminal. I used my tweezers to short the two together and once again nothing. Humm, maybe my anti magnetic tweezers wouldn't complete the circuit? I tried once again with two small screwdrivers and Presto! She sprung to life......... I tested all the functions and everything was working correctly. I gave it a test run for 24 hours to make sure it was keeping good time. Once I confirmed everything was in good working order and with a few other projects out of the way I had a little spare time to pursue the transplant.

I disassembled the donor watch to warm up before moving on to the nos sample watch. Once I had them apart it was obvious I would also have to change over the date wheel since mine called for the white with black letters rather then the black with white letters. If you look closely you'll see what appear to be two small white screws in the wheel retaining plate. They only turn 90 degrees to allow you to unlatch them and remove the plate. Pretty simple for the most part but different then regular screws



Once the dial was installed on the donor movement it was time to install those teeny tiny sub dial hands. holey mackerel! I thought some of the 6138 sub dial hands were small. These things are crazy small. I had apprehensions about them but they installed without a hitch. Whew, glad that was behind me!



Now that the hard part was over I moved on to the case. With sample cases, more often then not, the crowns are glued in place. This can be a tricky business to remove them and clean off the old glue. It's a little time consuming to say the least. Removing the crowns, cleaning them up and trimming the new stems, which were missing, was the last hurdle to get over before reassembly into the case. The watch was assembled, checked for operation, bracelet installed, time set, and now she's on the wrist.

Yes sirree indeed, she's a keeper!.......







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great story, shows what's meant to be, will be!

I have been tracking a vintage Waltham (early 50s) for more than 2 years now. It's gone through several changes of ownership (with fellow collectors who are friends), but everytime I'm ready, it's not available, and everytime it's available, I haven't got the dough.
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Wow Tom that's a really terrific story!

Happy for you
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Great tale, I hope it's lived up to your wishes!


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Way to go Tom, Nice results indeed
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What a great story. I particularly appreciate that most of the good stuff happens after I would have just given up in frustration
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Excellent work and great end result Tom
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Old 12-05-2016, 05:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Great story Tom and Yes a great chrono.
Ironically I have a NOS one exactly the same I picked up about 2yrs ago.
Safe queen still and worn once.
I certainly did not have a great story like yours.

Here's mine.
















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Thanks for all the nice comments guys!

Neil, That's a beauty? I'd get it out and wear it...........

I just love the yellow dial with the blue sub dials on this model.
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