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Old 03-26-2019, 08:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have two rare Seiko watches, Lord Marvel 5740-8009 c1968 and an Orange
Monster diver 2205-0769 c1970's. They both need service and was contemplating sending them to Seiko in New Jersey. I want these watches to
go to my son so I want to do the repairs right. By the way I live in Sacramento, CA. Any comments would be helpful.
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Hi, i've moved this to the general discussion forum away from the trade forum.
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Not sure Seiko in Jersey is the way to go. They will not have the parts for 50 year old watches.
Stick around here for a bit, get to know the guys. Quite a few guys here know more than any Seiko technician.

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^^^^ Agreed, Seiko USA won't have the parts. Their reputation is less than stellar too, I wouldn't let them any where near either of those 2 watches you have. There's a few fellas here that do great work, I'm sure someone will chime in and make a recommendation.
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You should not have too much trouble finding someone to tackle the 5740, but those 2205 movements are a technical marvel and nightmare to work on. There is so much going on in that tiny movement I recommend anyone to dismantle one just to appreciate the technical achievement.
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You should not have too much trouble finding someone to tackle the 5740, but those 2205 movements are a technical marvel and nightmare to work on. There is so much going on in that tiny movement I recommend anyone to dismantle one just to appreciate the technical achievement.
You ain't kidding. I still need to assemble a 2107 I took apart last year and put on hold when the spring went off into oblivion. You just reminded me I still have that one to do now that I have a replacement spring.
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All the US-based vintage Seiko guys seem to be backlogged and/or not accepting new work.
We need some talented hipster engineers to carry the torch for the future of vintage Seiko!
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[QUOTE=MediumRB;2746921]All the US-based vintage Seiko guys seem to be backlogged and/or not accepting new work.
We need some talented hipster engineers to carry the torch for the future of vintage Seiko!




I should move the the US of A and grow a beard (I've already got single speed bicycles)?
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I'm not a hipster and Im not that talented. Good luck. Got turned down by two watch makers locally on the east coast.
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I think There should be a " Be Grateful for your Watchmaker Day"
I could not imagine the Past 13-14 yrs with out the Incredibly Good Luck of the Men that Appeared in my life.
Im sure there are Many That feel that way. The relationships were, are Special. Ok maybe more because I have two left hands and Barely understand Mvts. But I have Great Passion for this Hobby and love for Seiko's.
I think I would like to make a Post someday with this as the center thought How much has a Watchmaker effected your Hobby.
Hope you hook up with the many new Watchmakers and find some that do have the time and are Honest with what they know and what they don't know, I have a feeling there are at least a few right Here.
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Sent a 7002 to them. I knew full well the cost. Returned once DOA. Sent it back. Returned again. Watch came back running slow and stopping intermittently. Contacted them and they did not respond. Sent a letter to corporate Seiko USA and no response. The same with Japan. Have not purchased a new or used Seiko since then. My first Seiko was purchased in 1971 at Burdines in Dadeland Mall. Serviced one time, after 40 years, and runs fine. Buyer beware. I question the current quality of these high production watches.
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Here in Japan I asked Seiko Tokyo service center about changing capacitor on a 1999 Age of Discovery kinetic, and the fellow said they might not have parts if needed. So I scratched that idea. I asked about the same with an old Seiko solar ti midsized and they quoted $160 to change the capacitor. This model is still being sold so they must have parts in case they find a fault. Kinda makes me stop buying Seikos unless they are serviceable....like the easy skx models...


I sent my Marine Master SBDX001 in for overhaul and they replied I needed a new crystal which was peeling and a new crown stem. Okay, I replied. A week later they emailed me apologizing for the lack of spare stems and that it would take 3 months to make up a new one! What could I do but agree to wait to the end of May.
Such is the life of a watch collector hahaha!

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A guy just rang me wanting a glass for a 6105.


He'd rung Seiko, emailed Spencer Klien (no reply) and a few other watchmaker shops here and they'd said you can't get them.



I said - I've got two in stock. They're for two 6105s I've recently bought to do up and sell but I'll sacrifice one for him.



He was happy to hear that
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Does anyone know of independent watchmakers who specialize in vintage Seiko? The suggestions that were often thrown around only a year or two ago (e.g., Spencer Klein, Duncan Hewitt) seem to be booked out for months.
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Does anyone know of independent watchmakers who specialize in vintage Seiko? The suggestions that were often thrown around only a year or two ago (e.g., Spencer Klein, Duncan Hewitt) seem to be booked out for months.
The good ones always are booked up. Many have "real" jobs and or other commitments, beyond just watch repair as some don't do this as a full time job.

When you do find a watchmaker willing to accept it, be willing to wait even more, as it could take a while to evaluate what parts are/will be needed and then trying to locate the parts (or a donar watch in some cases). The whole process can take months (or a year or more) to completion. Welcome to the world of vinatge watches!
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Does anyone know of independent watchmakers who specialize in vintage Seiko? The suggestions that were often thrown around only a year or two ago (e.g., Spencer Klein, Duncan Hewitt) seem to be booked out for months.
What model/models do you want repairing ? handy to know as some of the watch makers on here specialise in certain models.
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What model/models do you want repairing ? handy to know as some of the watch makers on here specialise in certain models.
I have run into the same issue. Anyone experienced with KS 5626-7000 and 5246-6000?
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You can try Tom Hickman out of the UK. He has another job so I’m not sure how back up he is with his watch service list but he is great.
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Has anyone had experience with east coast watchmaker in New York? He is running ads on eBay and he has reasonable prices for 6139 movements, can install a jewel on the main spring arbor port, etc. Spencer is still not taking work and Adrian already has two of my watches in his que. East Coast also only has about a four week waiting period. I have this beauty that works well but just needs a general service and case rebuild.


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You might try About Time Restorations in Jacksonville, Fl. It's been a while since I did business with them but they seemed to always have parts necessary for my vintage
Seiko 556-5029, and the expertise. They're a small shop on the outskirts of Jacksonville.
As I said, it's been at least a couple of years since I had them work on my watches, so
things might have changed, but they were excellent at what they did for me.
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You know, I live in France, in Paris, and even here, the Paris Seiko Center is only where you can buy watch, they do not have watchmaker, they send your watch in another place in France, or even in Japan is they cannot repair it.
Then, they give you an estimation of the cost. Up to you to be agree or not.
I would consider a Seiko center, you are sure that they will take care of your watch.
Otherwise, there is Ikigai watch in Belgium, very serious guys there
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Does anyone know of independent watchmakers who specialize in vintage Seiko? The suggestions that were often thrown around only a year or two ago (e.g., Spencer Klein, Duncan Hewitt) seem to be booked out for months.


Since Spencer has stopped taking on new work, he has said that he’ll be happy to recommend someone if you ask.


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Seiko Germany is under control of Seiko UK Ltd. I am still waiting for a reply from them.
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