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Old 03-19-2019, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A couple of days of vintage quartz resurection......

'Things' arrived on Friday. First was a ' non running' 1975 4004 that I won for 16.

I rather fancied this one as I haven't got one with a green dial
When it arrived it looked a bit battered and the crystal had definitely seen better days . A very positive thing though was the fact that the case is a 'front loader' the battery hatch was apparently welded shut! Fortunately the seller had given up trying to get inside it before they damaged the hatch slot.
Sometime ago I managed to pick up a very solid nylon 'case vice' on ebay


and with the watch firmly clamped in this I was able to finally unscrew the battery hatch with a 20p coin, revealing an almost flat, but not leaking battery
A fresh battery quickly proved that the watch was a 'runner' so just a matter then of cleaning up and refinishing the case and initially swapping the crystal for a much less damaged one, while I wait for a replacement to arrive from Cousins.


The second acquisition was a job lot of four 'non running' quartz watches that I was interested in for the 7123...




Needless to say the only one that did not burst into life with the addition of a new battery was the Seiko!
Raiding the 'spares box' furnished me with a replacement, known working, coil and circuit and with a change of these, removal of debris from the gear train and a little fresh lubricant the watch started to tick.
I then spent quite some time cleaning up and refinishing the bracelet (VERY full of DNA!) and case and polishing all of the scratches out of the acrylic crystal and voila I appeared to have nice restored 1980 watch......

Sadly this wasn't the end of the saga. I left it running over night and immediately the day date change mech started to kick in at about 22.50, the hour and minute hands stalled, though the second hand kept running. I realised that this was caused by the cannon pinion slipping so had to spend quite a while this morning, firstly stripping down a scrap spare 7123 movement then repeating the operation to swap over the centre minute wheel and cannon pinion into the 'new' watch.
The 'finished' article.....




Anyone want a couple of running Pulsar Y562's and a Citizen ladies quartz?




Bugger, missed the delivery from Cousins this morning as I was busy rebuilding the 7123 movement when the postman arrived and I never heard the door bell
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Looked like fun John
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Nicely done and nice thread John. Liking that 4004 and 7123 a lot.
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Nicely done and nice thread John. Liking that 4004 and 7123 a lot.
Thanks Guy. I called in at the local sorting office just before they closed at 7 and retrieved my Cousins parcel.
4004 (0903-7019) now with new crystal fitted
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Nice work John!


I've also got an interest in these older quartz models. They are still affordable! I picked up this batch of 4004's for $35, if I remember correctly, at one of my favorite flea market hunting grounds.


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I've also got an interest in these older quartz models. They are still affordable! I picked up this batch of 4004's for $35, if I remember correctly, at one of my favorite flea market hunting grounds.


Very nice I see your six 4004's and raise you just a few more
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Got this other one a week or so ago also, 4633 this time,


Got it up and running fairly quickly and just realised that the spare crystal that I got from Cousins today is the correct one for it so just changed the crystal and fitted it with a suitable 'Lizard' strap from my 'stock'
Going to have to get another box...........
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Nice! You've been busy!
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Nice work, John! Leave it better than you found it, and then some!
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very nice John as always. These are such overlooked watches by many and once they are cleaned up, are simple classics. I'm digging your 1975 "4004". They do look great on a leather strap. thanks for taking the time to share.
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Nice collection you've got going there John, and another good job of restoring a few more.
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Loving the Pulsars!
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Gorgeous collection John, and that green dial is a belter!
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