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Old 06-25-2019, 03:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Picked up this 6119-8540 a few weeks ago. It's a little rough, but restorable. The case is a bit scratched up but no major dings. The hands are painted white with a brush, like someone used their Testors model kit, the dial is dirty and lume needed a re-do.



Stripped down and ready to clean up.


Movement reassembled and runs nicely.



Soaked the hands overnight to remove the white paint and re-lumed


Dial stripped of lume, cleaned up and re-lumed




The case an bezel refinished


Need to sort out a crystal and a Sports second hand next, and find the correct caseback. Then it will be ready to put back together. It came with an Alba razor bracelet that I think I'll keep with it for now.
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Good work, looking superb so far! I’ve also got some hands that had been very poorly painted, they’ve just been waiting for me to work out how to do it properly. Guy has kindly pointed me in the right direction so just need a bit of time to do it now.


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Great work, love the relume! What caseback has it got on currently?
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Good work, looking superb so far! I’ve also got some hands that had been very poorly painted, they’ve just been waiting for me to work out how to do it properly. Guy has kindly pointed me in the right direction so just need a bit of time to do it now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Thanks Pippy. Guy is the man for re-luming that's for sure.



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Great work, love the relume! What caseback has it got on currently?
Thanks Jay, it came with a 6119-7140 Proof 1968 caseback. It's a shame it's not correct because it's in really nice condition.
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Jerry - Great looking project. Interested to know how you took the old lume off the dial. Did you scrape it with an exacto knife plate or use some other tool to remove the old lume? I know for hands, I have simply use my tweezers to gently scrape the old lume from the back of the hands. Never attempted a dial. I know the watch is going to look fantastic when you are done. Looking forward to the end result.
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Jerry - Great looking project. Interested to know how you took the old lume off the dial. Did you scrape it with an exacto knife plate or use some other tool to remove the old lume? I know for hands, I have simply use my tweezers to gently scrape the old lume from the back of the hands. Never attempted a dial. I know the watch is going to look fantastic when you are done. Looking forward to the end result.
Thanks, its been a fun project so far. I find blades that are too sharp dig in and gouge too easily, I just used a cheap pocket knife. The acetone took everything off the hands, I'm not sure if there was any lume under the paint.



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Jerry, we are restoring the worlds vintage Seiko's.
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Looks really good! Nice hands beneath that white coat.
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Great job Jerry.
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Nice work Jerry.
To get the old lume off i apply a vey small amount of acetone to the indice to soften it up a little, then scrape it off with a sharpened orange wood stick. the same type as used on fingernails to do the cuticles.
I also have another stick with a piece of chamios leather wrapped around that i use to polish the hands



This is the finished 6319 6000 i did a few weeks back.
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I just need to re-attend the DonJ school of crystal polishing now, this one has some deep scratches.
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Nice work Jerry.
To get the old lume off i apply a vey small amount of acetone to the indice to soften it up a little, then scrape it off with a sharpened orange wood stick. the same type as used on fingernails to do the cuticles.
I also have another stick with a piece of chamios leather wrapped around that i use to polish the hands



This is the finished 6319 6000 i did a few weeks back.
Attachment 414493Attachment 414495
I just need to re-attend the DonJ school of crystal polishing now, this one has some deep scratches.
Great looking piece. I have one just like it on a rubber tropic strap and it is one of my best runners. Inner rotating bezel is awesome.
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Jerry, we are restoring the worlds vintage Seiko's.
It does seem so. Not many are into restoring these less sought after lower priced watches as the time and effort put forth far out weighs any possible profit to be made, but we do this for fun. All said and done we do end up with some nice common watches though, and a few not so common.
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Nice work Jerry.
To get the old lume off i apply a vey small amount of acetone to the indice to soften it up a little, then scrape it off with a sharpened orange wood stick. the same type as used on fingernails to do the cuticles.
I also have another stick with a piece of chamios leather wrapped around that i use to polish the hands



This is the finished 6319 6000 i did a few weeks back.
Attachment 414493Attachment 414495
I just need to re-attend the DonJ school of crystal polishing now, this one has some deep scratches.
That looks great Ivor. I'm a bit timid when it comes to getting acetone anywhere near a dial though, I just don't trust myself to not screw it up.
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Great job Jerry.
Thanks fellas, it's coming along quite nicely so far.
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