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axb 09-29-2019 07:14 AM

Another Seiko 5 resurrection
 
Managed to escape to the workshop for a couple of hours yesterday...took this tired old 6119-7180 from October Ď69 with me:

http://axbvintagetime.weebly.com/upl.../p712_orig.png

A new crystal and a light case refinish and itís ready for us next half century...

http://axbvintagetime.weebly.com/upl.../p713_orig.png
http://axbvintagetime.weebly.com/upl.../p696_orig.png

Fifty years young! (Need to give the bracelet a more thorough clean though!)
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Reflex 09-29-2019 07:57 AM

Not much to transform that into a lovely watch - well done

axb 09-29-2019 08:56 AM

Thanks,

You have to wonder how anyone can end up with crystals like these, the rest of the watch was in pretty good shape...

Vette Enthusiast 09-29-2019 09:29 AM

Turned out great. Nice work.

axb 09-29-2019 05:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vette Enthusiast (Post 2829653)
Turned out great. Nice work.

Thanks John,
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mwadner 09-29-2019 05:44 PM

Hard to believe the crystal got that hammered. That was a working man's watch.
Nice job.

GuyJ 09-29-2019 06:12 PM

The more I see 6105s and 6139s and 7548s etc I start to love these 6119s, 6619s, 7625 etc even more.

Very nice!

zeke441 09-29-2019 06:45 PM

It came out looking great. I've been working on a few. Those late 60's 6119's are great watches. Did these 2 last week.

6119-8160 April and August 1968
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...a8e06837f5.jpg


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https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...ddaf845105.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...bd6bfcccbb.jpg

Got this 6119-7160 on the bench at the moment.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...9755aa8ab8.jpg

GuyJ 09-29-2019 07:08 PM

Love the 8160 Jerry. I have these that have been waiting just no time to do em yet. But I am not complaining. Hopefully I'll do the 7625 next Sunday or something.

https://i.imgur.com/CYfRs3vh.jpg

Also this 6619 has been waiting too long. It is in bits but all there ready.

https://i.imgur.com/F903UnZh.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/LvuYqndh.jpg

mostlywabisabi 09-29-2019 07:12 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mwadner (Post 2829957)
Hard to believe the crystal got that hammered. That was a working man's watch.
Nice job.

My dad's Pogue... He wore the watch to work as a machinist and the crystal took a beating. I was amazed to see the watch after a new crystal. :)

mwadner 09-29-2019 07:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 604style (Post 2830007)
My dad's Pogue... He wore the watch to work as a machinist and the crystal took a beating. I was amazed to see the watch after a new crystal. :)

wow wow wow. very nice. that is a special watch - used as it was intended in the day ...

zeke441 09-29-2019 08:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GuyJ (Post 2830005)
Love the 8160 Jerry. I have these that have been waiting just no time to do em yet. But I am not complaining. Hopefully I'll do the 7625 next Sunday or something.

https://i.imgur.com/CYfRs3vh.jpg

Also this 6619 has been waiting too long. It is in bits but all there ready.

https://i.imgur.com/F903UnZh.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/LvuYqndh.jpg

Thanks Guy, I've got that same 7625 to do as well. The markers on the dial ring are gone. The quarter markers were easy enough to redo, but the minute hashes I can't get right.

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zeke441 09-29-2019 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 604style (Post 2830007)
My dad's Pogue... He wore the watch to work as a machinist and the crystal took a beating. I was amazed to see the watch after a new crystal. :)

Very nice, and the sentimental value is priceless.

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mostlywabisabi 09-29-2019 08:48 PM

Well done. Man that is a beautiful dial under that scratched up crystal!

Quote:

Originally Posted by axb (Post 2829615)
Managed to escape to the workshop for a couple of hours yesterday...took this tired old 6119-7180 from October Ď69 with me:

http://axbvintagetime.weebly.com/upl.../p712_orig.png

A new crystal and a light case refinish and itís ready for us next half century...

http://axbvintagetime.weebly.com/upl.../p713_orig.png
http://axbvintagetime.weebly.com/upl.../p696_orig.png

Fifty years young! (Need to give the bracelet a more thorough clean though!)
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3Pedals_6Speeds 09-29-2019 09:06 PM

Awesome work.

The crystal change/polish is obviously notable, but I'm interested in what you did to get the case in order? It appears that you did a very careful/respectful polish of the case? If so, can you discuss your process?

axb 09-30-2019 09:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zeke441 (Post 2829991)
It came out looking great. I've been working on a few. Those late 60's 6119's are great watches. Did these 2 last week.

6119-8160 April and August 1968
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...a8e06837f5.jpg


Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...ddaf845105.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...bd6bfcccbb.jpg

Got this 6119-7160 on the bench at the moment.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...9755aa8ab8.jpg

One of my favourite cases Zeke, I have it in the 7625, 7005 and 6119 variants and a few different dial colours...
Hereís one of them:
http://axbvintagetime.weebly.com/upl...22x_1_orig.jpg

axb 09-30-2019 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 3Pedals_6Speeds (Post 2830043)
Awesome work.

The crystal change/polish is obviously notable, but I'm interested in what you did to get the case in order? It appears that you did a very careful/respectful polish of the case? If so, can you discuss your process?

There is a very fine line when restoring a case, you want to give it back some of its original glory, but not remove all of its history or any crisp lines that remain - you don’t want it to end up like one of those overpolished blobs that fill eBay!

I use a few tools to gently remove the worst ravages of time, I generally start with excel sanding sticks with a few of the fine belts
https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-iic0...=2&imbypass=on

Then move to homemade sanding sticks with wet and dry ranging from 1800 to 12000. At present these are wet & dry glued to icy pole (popsicle?) sticks, but I’m in the process of crafting some brass ones for future jobs.

I finish with a felt drum attached to a bench vice mounted dremel, some autosol and a very light touch.

Most importantly of all, I take it slow and use bucket loads of patience...

Hope that’s of use,
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zeke441 09-30-2019 12:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by axb (Post 2830333)
One of my favourite cases Zeke, I have it in the 7625, 7005 and 6119 variants and a few different dial colours...

Hereís one of them:

http://axbvintagetime.weebly.com/upl...22x_1_orig.jpg

Looks sweet! I still have the 7625 to finish. I haven't seen a 7005 yet other than a 'poor mans' MAS.

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zeke441 09-30-2019 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by axb (Post 2830337)
There is a very fine line when restoring a case, you want to give it back some of its original glory, but not remove all of its history or any crisp lines that remain - you donít want it to end up like one of those overpolished blobs that fill eBay!

I use a few tools to gently remove the worst ravages of time, I generally start with excel sanding sticks with a few of the fine belts
https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-iic0...=2&imbypass=on

Then move to homemade sanding sticks with wet and dry ranging from 1800 to 12000. At present these are wet & dry glued to icy pole (popsicle?) sticks, but Iím in the process of crafting some brass ones for future jobs.

I finish with a felt drum attached to a bench vice mounted dremel, some autosol and a very light touch.

Most importantly of all, I take it slow and use bucket loads of patience...

Hope thatís of use,
A

I'll have to get a set of those. I use popsicle sticks wrapped with whatever grit sandpaper I need. Keeping it flat on the surface plane saves those sharp edges. Felt paper works great with a large grit polishing paste, it holds the paste well when wet, leather for finer grit. I learned early on to avoid using my fingers to polish, too much inconsistency and rounds the edges.

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