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Old 09-22-2010, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Opinions wanted: 6309-7040 restored or 6309-7040 original?

Hey guys just seeing what you all think,

I have two watches of the same model. 6309-7040

the first is a restored case great finish/polish with no dings
original good condition crown, new dial (good quality) new bezel insert ( good quality)
new yobokies flat sapphire crystal with Blue AR, new yobokies plonguier hands with a
maratac black Kevlar diver strap. Looks mint and very special.
Serial number dates it at 1985 non japan cased.

The other is an all original 6309 7040 with light patina lume, light browny hands
original bezel insert but very good nic, only a few marks, original unpolished crystal but
overall quite good. Case hasn't been touched and is very good. Few small marks etc.
Vintage dark brown buffalo strap (only non original part) suits it very well.

I'm torn between the two.
To you guys which is more desirable? I'll post some pics soon
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Forgot to note the second watch (original one) is a 77 model japan cased
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Well beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so which do you prefer ? an all original 6309-704X does look great but the 6309 also lends itself to numerous great looking mods.

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Both are desireable in their own way. one is an all original that can be restored back to beautiful working order or left as is. The other is obviously a base for building a fantastic unique piece, since it is already modified. both sound like keepers to me.
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They both sound great! I would seriously consider keeping both because they're different, but pics please!
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Tiger.......nice mod, I almost missed it!!
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I'll always choose in favor of the original, unless it's really in bad shape. Original examples just seem more real to me.



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Tiger.......nice mod, I almost missed it!!
Thanks !!!! but it is all original )
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Tiger so your confirming the 6309-704X came with kanji aswell? Thought that was just a rumor.
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Well beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so which do you prefer ? an all original 6309-704X does look great but the 6309 also lends itself to numerous great looking mods.

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I'm literally torn between the 2, which is why I'm happy to have both.
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There have been several examples over the years. I've owned two myself, and both appeared untouched.

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Tiger so your confirming the 6309-704X came with kanji aswell? Thought that was just a rumor.
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Tiger so your confirming the 6309-704X came with kanji aswell? Thought that was just a rumor.
oooops your right I forgot the day wheel my apologies :-[ :-[
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I prefer the lived-in look. While mint examples are nice, I'm less comfortable wearing them due to my compulsion to keeping them looking like new. The ones that are good but not perfect are much more enjoyable to wear. Also, I'd take a well-worn all-original over an extra-nice with aftermarket parts any day.
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I have to admit to liking my watches looking un-wabified, so if I can have one put back in sharp shape without sacrificing its originality thats going to be my path. That being said I just purchased a 6309 that has a custom dial and handset and like it very much.
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that is very nice!

i have been looking for an aftermarket diver dial, but still using the seiko text for a while with no luck for another project ill be doing soon.

where did you source that dial if you dont mind me asking?
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I bought it just the way it is but the seller told me it is a loyswatch dial. As much as I like it I'm already on the hunt for another with an original dial. I love those big round indices.
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