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Old 08-04-2017, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I have just joined this forum so Firstly Hello.
I am looking for some help and guidance on how to restore my battered watch. I have owned this since new and it was always a work watch- I work in the construction industry- so it has had a hard life. I would like to replace the glass, the bezel and clean and polish the case, and service the watch. I sent it to Seiko here in Sydney, but they sent it back saying parts were no longer available. However, I am hoping there are aftermarket parts made for this watch that I can get a hold of somewhere.
So my first question is where can I source these parts?

My second question is that the bezel is quite loose in its movement so I suspect the underside where the "ratchet" is is worn. Is this part also available?
Any help with this restoration project will be much appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2017, 01:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome. I love the slim case 6309 and yours looks like it has lived!

Personally speaking I'd leave the rotating ring as it is, the insert shows signs of wear but it is actually still, from what I can tell, in nice condition and contains the history of the watch. These are actually extremely difficult to find in all original condition, more so in excellent original condition.

The crystal can be easily replaced with a 1:1 reproduction that will look perfect. There is no chance at replacing the rotating ring with a perfect condition example but there is Harold (yobokies) who will sell a very good aftermarket copy. Again, though I'd recommend leaving it as is!

The click ball underneath the ring may have worn, or worse, sunk. This may be a difficult job to free it but it is possible. If the click feels fairly solid just a little loose then a fresh gasket installed to centre the ring and provide more friction and tightness will hopefully do the job.

I would contact Adrian at VTA (Vintage Time Australia) and see if he can sort it out. Member hal0eight on here.

Some better pictures would be great and once done I'd be interested to see the outcome.

Seiko as you say won't touch these old (ish) watches and you're best off going to someone who can service it and do an excellent job, which Adrian will no doubt. If he doesn't answer your pm I would contact him via:
http://www.vintagetimeaustralia.com/VTA/
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Thanks so much for the recommendations. I would definitely like to replace the glass. The sloppy bezel rotation is not a biggie but would be nice to improve it a bit. I will try VTA and see if they can assist. I will also try for some better photos and post them up.
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All the best with it and will look forward to seeing it when sorted. Adrian will do a fine job and worth the wait.

Here is mine that has had an easy life. Lovely watches.

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