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Old 01-18-2011, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Author: Randall Benson
Originally posted to SCWF: HERE


Seiko Case Restoration, A Photo Essay
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Pretty Ruff.



Taken to pieces.



Hole in the middle.



The set up.



A closer look.



THE SECRET!!



Polishing.



Not quite done,but close.



To be continued...............

Cheers,Randall
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Author: Randall Benson
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The OTHER 6105 Diver (scans)...


Those of you that saw my post a few weeks ago titled "Seiko Case Restoration, A Photo Essay..." will remember this diver with the familiar face. Here's the link if you missed it.

OK, you'll remember this is what I started out with.


(Perhaps this is the second worst abused Seiko ever!)

Well, the crystal came in the other day (thanks so much Ken). So I had to through it together for some quick pics.

Before we get to the scans, I'd like to think out loud here for a minute. I tend to think this case style is much more rare than the 6105 cushion we're all familiar with. I've only seen four of these in the last two years (including this one), while I must have seen a dozen of the large 6105 asymmetrical cushion divers. If someone knows more about this case style, I'd surely like to know more about it. Is it in fact rarer than its larger brother? Was it a less expensive, cheaper alternative to the larger watch. Why the same movement and face, in a completely different case, etc. etc.

What I do know, is it has the same dial and movement as the larger watch, exactly the same.



It uses a totally different case. Even the crystal is different. Its a different Seiko part number. The crystal is concave as is the larger watch,but is flat on the outside. The larger watches crystal is domed.

Also, the bezel does not click, its bidirectional, with a spring retainer.



It also uses the larger watches crown,even with the "lock" writing on it. But there is no protrusion in the well to catch on it, as in the larger watch. The crown just pushes in and will turn if prompted.



I'm almost done with this one,but Ive got one more thing to do to it, I'm waiting for some very special parts, and will post the end of this restoration project when its done. I'll just say this, I should be able to read a book in the dark with it, when I`m finally through with it.

One last thing. Although Ive referred to this watch as the smaller of the two, its not that much smaller, and has a very commanding presence on the wrist. Across the case, it measures 41mm. But what's really cool is the height from lug to lug at 48mm. Needless to say its not a small watch, and I think it looks perfect on the NATO strap.

What do you think?

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The link to the original SCWF post is dead. Can you illuminate us on what the 'pad' is that you used to spin the case in (the one with the hole in it)?
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I am so thankful to be a member of this forum. I have learned so much from posts just like this one that my knowledge has increased 10x in building/repairing Seiko's. I have just begun my latest project; rebuilding a 6309 for a close friend. He told me the watch had a tremendous amount of sentimental value to him. As a matter of fact, he said " I've had this watch longer than I've had my Wife". He works in a shipyard and this is his everyday watch. 20+ years of working with and around a bunch of steel has left it's mark on the case. I told him I could restore it to almost pristine condition, but I wish I had a photo to share with you all so you could see just how beat up it is. However; I am going to apply many of the tips that I have learned from SCWF and am pretty sure that when finished, he will not recognize it. Thanks to all you pro's out there for sharing your knowledge.
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