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Old 03-24-2019, 06:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Saving a 6138 0030 blue Kakume

This is my way of giving due recognition to my watchmaker whose efforts led to saving a Kakume from being cannibalized!

The watch was bought with the intention of using its movement for my 6138 8030 JPS build project. However, upon receipt of the Kakume, I had a change of heart because I felt that such an all-original untouched example deserved to be given a chance to be restored and loved...but this chance would be given only if the dial issues (bad indices and sub dial stains) could be sorted out...so a trip to my watchmaker was scheduled.

Based on his assessment, the only way for him to address the indices issue was to replace them as painting was not an option for lack of proper equipment. He would harvest the good indices from a donor dial for transplanting into mine...and that was what he did painstakingly. Regarding the sub dials, some of the blemishes were removed, but most were left untouched for a good reason. In addition, the four dot indices were relumed.

The outcome of the dial restoration was indeed encouraging, so a decision was made to go ahead with the full restoration...and so the blue Kakume was resurrected from the grave!
Note: AM bezel insert was used while hunting for an original.

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Excellent turnaround.
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Nice watch and a good result.
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Who did the work?
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Congratulations, looks great
I had one, took me a long time to source an oem bracelet and then sold the watch. Makes no sense and I regret it now. These are mucho mula these days.


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Nicely done! I know that feeling of a change of heart when you buy a donor...I ended up wasting a good week stripping down a C300 six times just to get a blue/gold Accurist WorldTimer up and running!
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Thanks for the compliments!

Restoration was done by my watchmaker...my only contribution was the refurbishing and tweaking of a spare bullhead XGA360 bracelet to fit the Kakume.
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Good decision on saving that one. It looks fantastic and well worth it.
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Well worth saving, and nicely done too.
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Quite Nice
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Great job...love saving old and unloved ones...God Bless,John

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Nice Work Looks Beautiful. The Spear hands reminds me of the First Year 6138-0010 Proof . I never saw another seiko with them. Live and Learn.
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Great work by your watchmaker and another Seiko Saved.....


I've got a couple I've restored and a couple more in the pipe line...........





I finally sourced an original bracelet for the blue dial 0030.
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It’s looks awesome! At some point I need to add one of these to my collection. I like to do it just like you did - much smooge and gruk will guarantee an original watch.


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Appreciate the compliments and comments!
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really a super job and you made the right call - that would have been a tough watch to part out. It looks great with it's natural age .... beautiful watch - one of my grails.

thanks for sharing ....
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Nice pair you have there Tom!...and you're fortunate to have a very difficult-to-find original bracelet!

I suppose you have a gold-toned dial Kakume in the pipeline to complete the triplets?

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I finally sourced an original bracelet for the blue dial 0030.
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Thanks Mike!

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really a super job and you made the right call - that would have been a tough watch to part out. It looks great with it's natural age .... beautiful watch - one of my grails.

thanks for sharing ....
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