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Old 02-26-2019, 12:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My 1st Bell- FINISHED !! YAY!

I finally have all the parts to put this one together. I'll be cleaning parts for the next few days and hopefully have this done this weekend. I don't know if it's just me, but this seems a little more complicated than a 6139.

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I have one on the bench too..


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On your marks, get set, GO!!!!
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have just started assembling so I have a head start. Still missing an alarm button though, so that's going to hold me up. I had to fix a buggered hairspring which was both difficult and rewarding.
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That looks a nice one Jerry, i've messed with a lot of them in the past, quality movement imo, when you strip a 6309/6105 after sorting Belles the 6309 seems like childs play
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That looks a nice one Jerry, i've messed with a lot of them in the past, quality movement imo, when you strip a 6309/6105 after sorting Belles the 6309 seems like childs play
Very true John. The build quality is amazing and they jam so much into the movement. There are springs that want to go ping all over these things!
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Very true John. The build quality is amazing and they jam so much into the movement. There are springs that want to go ping all over these things!
I call those FU springs, cuz you can hear them say "FU" as they ping off into oblivion. That's why I install those inside a clear plastic bag now.

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I call those FU springs, cuz you can hear them say "FU" as they ping off into oblivion. That's why I install those inside a clear plastic bag now.

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Now that made me smile, thanks Jerry. FU springs, love that. And nice Bell you got there. I am more than confident that you will do your first Bell with outstanding results.
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awaiting the finished product. That dial is a total knock-out. Man, Seiko knew how to do blue. There's a lot going on inside that watch - great idea on the plastic bag.
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looks amazing so far...can not wait to see how it turns out....God Bless,John
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Beautiful dial. Look forward to seeing your finished project.
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Jerry any chance you can measure the diameter and the length of the dial feet with a micrometer. Mine have been sheered off and I have to install some new ones.
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Diameter measured at 0.989mm.

I think this should equate to 1mm.
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Diameter measured at 0.989mm.

I think this should equate to 1mm.
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I think the positioning of the dial feet on the Belles is a design error, seen loads with missing feet and replaced them, they did a bit of a fix on some later models if I remember correct.

I seem to remember I used a 0.70mm drill to drill the broken piece off (I think, long time since I did one).

I used a paper clip for the new foot which did the job perfect.
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I think the positioning of the dial feet on the Belles is a design error, seen loads with missing feet and replaced them, they did a bit of a fix on some later models if I remember correct.

I seem to remember I used a 0.70mm drill to drill the broken piece off (I think, long time since I did one).

I used a paper clip for the new foot which did the job perfect.
There is definitely a fault here. I have dial feet I can glue on, but I was also looking at drilling a hole. The actual solder marks from the original dial feet are tiny (not 1mm)

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There is definitely a fault here. I have dial feet I can glue on, but I was also looking at drilling a hole. The actual solder marks from the original dial feet are tiny (not 1mm)
IMO the glue on ones are not right for the Belles, the problem with these feet is they are so close to the dial ring edge, when I was really into Belles (quality model) I replaced lots of broken feet and for a decent job I found drilling out the old ones was the way to go.

This is one I did when I was a youngster back in 2010
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Finished the movement

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I finished mine yesterday. Just waiting on the alarm button and a new crystal. Had to attach new dial feet which went well.

Here is my blue dial...

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Nice work Jerry, impressive, good looking dial Dan, back then Seiko really knew how to produce a blue dial.
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I finished mine yesterday. Just waiting on the alarm button and a new crystal. Had to attach new dial feet which went well.

Here is my blue dial...

Nice, that's going to a sweet looking watch.


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Nice work Jerry, impressive, good looking dial Dan, back then Seiko really knew how to produce a blue dial.
Thanks John, I giggled a bit when I tested the alarm and it worked.
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She's done, and it really is a beauty. No one does blue like Seiko does.

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V nice Jerry looks great. Was the movement troublesome at all or did it go fairly easily? It's the coiling of the alarm mainspring that can be tricky right?
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V nice Jerry looks great. Was the movement troublesome at all or did it go fairly easily? It's the coiling of the alarm mainspring that can be tricky right?
Thanks Guy. It was a bit of a pain winding the alarm spring back in, not too bad though. The wall is notched, making sure it didn't pop out of that low spot was tedious. And you're working with a circle inside of a circle too, rather than rotating evenly around a disk shape.

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That looks fabulous. Congratulations on a job very well done!
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