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Grammarofdesign 12-06-2019 11:06 PM

Bringing a Square Case 6106 back to respectability
 
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I saw this Square Case 6106 on the 'bay, advertised as working. Before bidding I checked to see if I had the spare crystal, which I did (GS version) so I put in a cheap bid and forgot about it and ended up winning. Cheap ! So the fun begins.


https://i.imgur.com/x4QixNZ.png

As arrived between seller's not so inviting photos and my photo below it failed to attract. Oh but what lies beneath is what counts.


https://i.imgur.com/aKJza8V.jpg



https://i.imgur.com/xT20weK.jpg

Square case removal by pushing in the lugs and prying open, much like a 7016 Monaco but a bit of a variation on the theme:
https://i.imgur.com/Kh5Cs9I.jpg

Definitely one dirty case, most of this is more like flannel shirt turds than the classic dirty we usually see.


https://i.imgur.com/dlj1tAp.jpg




https://i.imgur.com/4oaT1tP.jpg



Off to the ultrasonic bath, lots of pre-clean and multiple cycles and you know the drill, comes our sparkling in the end, with the new G-S replacement crystal the OEM was way too deeply scratched to buff out well:
https://i.imgur.com/5zibVHt.jpg

Found a suitable 20mm bracelet in the spares drawer, cleaned and touched it up, sized it for my wrist, and now I have a new toy to play with:
https://i.imgur.com/AHaAw8c.jpg

Regulated to good vintage time keeping it's a lot of trial and error with this case design you have to reset the whole movement in and out of the case so I quit when I got her good and healthy.

https://www.thewatchsite.com/attachm...5&d=1575723371

https://i.imgur.com/8HfjUgj.jpg

Good times, relaxing, therapeutic too !

mwadner 12-06-2019 11:18 PM

those are great watches. I especially like the rounded back on the square case back.

it looks great - nice save.

Grammarofdesign 12-06-2019 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by mwadner (Post 2861129)
those are great watches. I especially like the rounded back on the square case back.

it looks great - nice save.

Thank you Mike. Nice observation ! Yes mostly all of these TV cases and all the other 6106-5410 and -5419 that I see are the square indented backs. But as you can see this one is round and unlike screw on or snap on designs you can't swap this so it's definitely how Seiko did it.

nzwatchdoctor 12-07-2019 12:32 AM

Nice catch / clean up and I'm amazed you have the plastic 'glass' in stock :)


I've just done up and sold a 7019 5000 with a very similar case design.

Mine is all original :)


I couldn't clip the lower case into the upper case so filed the slots out a little and it fits fine.



The buyer picked it up last night. It's for his brother's 27th birthday :)

GuyJ 12-07-2019 01:24 AM

Nicely done Jon, and I quite like these little square cases. The 66-5019 and some 5606 or other I've wanted for a while.

melt 12-07-2019 05:10 AM

I'm sill in two minds about if I could wear square cases so sold this 5606 LM with original mesh bracelet. I seem to remember it was full of crud like OP. Most if not all square cases I have done suffered from crud and rust invasion of some sort.

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

bigbluekyle 12-07-2019 05:59 AM

Great Save! Timeless Square Shape with Elegantly Rounded Corners and a Vintage Blue Radiant Dial. A Classic Look. Beautiful Work Jon!

SeikoPsycho2 12-07-2019 06:38 AM

Nice save Jon! I also have a soft spot for square cases........:)

Reflex 12-07-2019 07:28 AM

Well done there Jon. That's now a lovely watch - enjoy it

Vette Enthusiast 12-07-2019 09:52 AM

Great looking piece Jon. Love the 6106s TV cases.

Grammarofdesign 12-07-2019 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by nzwatchdoctor (Post 2861165)
Nice catch / clean up and I'm amazed you have the plastic 'glass' in stock :)

Thanks Paul, yeah I do have a lot of OEMs and GSs.

One reason I placed a bid was knowing I had the GS crystal equivalent in stock. Otherwise why bother I figured.

Having a matched bracelet was stroke of pure luck after I got into the resto.

Vette Enthusiast 12-07-2019 11:40 PM

Jon - That original acrylic crystal is not that bad. I have restored much worse. After cleaning the crystal in some hot soapy dish detergent, I have a lot of success laying a various grades of wet sandpaper (600, 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000, 5000) on my bench and spritz some water on it. Lay the crystal face down on the sand paper and then rub gently in a straight light back an forth motion lifting up every 5 - 6 stokes to check how much progress you are making on the deep scratches. Once you remove all the deep scratches with 600 progress up through the other grades. You only need a dozen or so strokes with the other grades. If you cannot locate 3000 or 5000, use one of the square emory files you can get at any drug store. Wet and run the crystal on the 3 and 4 side used for buffing nails. Once done, turn the crystal over and take a blue shop towel and wet near the edge and apply some Polywatch polish with your finger and buff with a clean microfiber towel. A few minutes and the crystal will look like new. Hope this helps you on future projects or maybe clean up the old one from this project and save it for your next square case 6106.

kintako 12-08-2019 08:28 AM

I love the case and dial design. Very nice watches. They don't make'em like they used to. :(

SeaCreechur 12-08-2019 08:34 AM

Very well done Jon. Thanks for sharing.
Michael

nzwatchdoctor 12-08-2019 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Vette Enthusiast (Post 2861643)
Jon - That original acrylic crystal is not that bad. I have restored much worse. After cleaning the crystal in some hot soapy dish detergent, I have a lot of success laying a various grades of wet sandpaper (600, 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000, 5000) on my bench and spritz some water on it. Lay the crystal face down on the sand paper and then rub gently in a straight light back an forth motion lifting up every 5 - 6 stokes to check how much progress you are making on the deep scratches. Once you remove all the deep scratches with 600 progress up through the other grades. You only need a dozen or so strokes with the other grades. If you cannot locate 3000 or 5000, use one of the square emory files you can get at any drug store. Wet and run the crystal on the 3 and 4 side used for buffing nails. Once done, turn the crystal over and take a blue shop towel and wet near the edge and apply some Polywatch polish with your finger and buff with a clean microfiber towel. A few minutes and the crystal will look like new. Hope this helps you on future projects or maybe clean up the old one from this project and save it for your next square case 6106.



Sounds like a lot of work!
I have a white buff and white compound and some skill on the buffer that does the job :)

zeke441 12-08-2019 07:29 PM

Nice save Jon, looks great! You gotta love a square case, so classic 70's and not seen often enough.

Grammarofdesign 12-08-2019 10:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Vette Enthusiast (Post 2861643)
Jon - That original acrylic crystal is not that bad. I have restored much worse. After cleaning the crystal in some hot soapy dish detergent, I have a lot of success laying a various grades of wet sandpaper (600, 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000, 5000) on my bench and spritz some water on it. Lay the crystal face down on the sand paper and then rub gently in a straight light back an forth motion lifting up every 5 - 6 stokes to check how much progress you are making on the deep scratches. Once you remove all the deep scratches with 600 progress up through the other grades. You only need a dozen or so strokes with the other grades. If you cannot locate 3000 or 5000, use one of the square emory files you can get at any drug store. Wet and run the crystal on the 3 and 4 side used for buffing nails. Once done, turn the crystal over and take a blue shop towel and wet near the edge and apply some Polywatch polish with your finger and buff with a clean microfiber towel. A few minutes and the crystal will look like new. Hope this helps you on future projects or maybe clean up the old one from this project and save it for your next square case 6106.

Thank you John will try this out. I have a series of successively finer rubbing polish compounds designed for refinishing plastics, works great unless there are deep gouges. Polywatch is of course great for the final touch up and spot refinished.

I look forward to trying out your recommendation. Thank you.

nzwatchdoctor 12-08-2019 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Grammarofdesign (Post 2862033)
Thank you John will try this out. I have a series of successively finer rubbing polish compounds designed for refinishing plastics, works great unless there are deep gouges. Polywatch is of course great for the final touch up and spot refinished.

I look forward to trying out your recommendation. Thank you.


Did you miss my post re refinishing plastic glasses which = an increibly easier way of doing it?

RussMurray 12-08-2019 10:49 PM

Great rescue, well done!

seadial 12-12-2019 08:25 PM

Excellent job that has transformed the watch to something eminently wearable.


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