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Old 12-06-2019, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.




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.








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:


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











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:


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:


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.





Good times, relaxing, therapeutic too !
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those are great watches. I especially like the rounded back on the square case back.

it looks great - nice save.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.

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Great Save! Timeless Square Shape with Elegantly Rounded Corners and a Vintage Blue Radiant Dial. A Classic Look. Beautiful Work Jon!
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Nice save Jon! I also have a soft spot for square cases........
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Well done there Jon. That's now a lovely watch - enjoy it
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Great looking piece Jon. Love the 6106s TV cases.
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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.
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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.
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I love the case and dial design. Very nice watches. They don't make'em like they used to.
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Very well done Jon. Thanks for sharing.
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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
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Nice save Jon, looks great! You gotta love a square case, so classic 70's and not seen often enough.
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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.
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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?
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Great rescue, well done!
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Excellent job that has transformed the watch to something eminently wearable.
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