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01-09-2019 01:06 AM
jringo8769 Hey we never saw this finished my friend...did it ever get done?
God Bless,John

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01-08-2019 06:13 PM
peterrizzo is steve willing to drill lugs in general? or tell us how to do this?
is it some kind of dental drill or moto-tool?

i'd love to be able to drill holes right through any number of lugs,
such a time saver when it comes to changing straps. on any watch
that's a sure keeper, this would be such a great modification, and
since we'd be continuing the original hole until it exits the outer
lug, maybe it would be a little easier? i wonder.
05-09-2018 03:36 AM
DonJ53 spark erosion maybe.
05-09-2018 02:41 AM
vladtepes The mind boggles.
05-08-2018 09:55 PM
Aquaman These holes were drilled by Steve855 here on the forum.

I asked him to drill these from the inside and not all the way through so the case would remain authentic.. repaired but still as it was when Seiko made it.

Unless you've got a tiny right angle drill, I would imagine that the holes would be drilled on a slight angle...Steve would be the man to ask about it, but still not something to be attempted lightly.. you'd need a proper case holding jig, proper drill bit, a decent drill and a good pair of safety glasses.

05-08-2018 06:16 PM
SC-Texas So how do you drill the so how do you drill the lug holes?

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03-22-2017 03:32 PM
pablomar33 very nice job!
01-13-2017 12:55 AM
Aquaman Thanks Lane,

I've had to hold off on completing the Steam Punk but I'll work on it some during these rainy days that are coming up.

Not too much left but I took some time off for the holidays and spent some time with the family.

Also had to complete the Dark Sumo before New Year's so I guess the Steam Punk will be next.

Thanks again for all the interest in this one. It's been a challenging project with a few hurdles but so far, it's coming around nicely.

I'll post a proper build thread as I get closer to the finish line.
01-12-2017 09:28 PM
OutaTime I'm a little late, but wow Mike, that looks fantastic. Great job all around and kudos for having the initiative to try to save this lost cause. Do you have the 6105 put back together yet?
12-19-2016 10:03 AM
lewie Some really good and ingenious work here- cant wait to see the end result
Well done mike for sticking with it
12-16-2016 04:03 AM
GuyJ Looking great, Mike. Really shaping up well is this 6105 project. And looks to be an excellent job by Steve there!
12-16-2016 04:00 AM
Aquaman Thanks for all the encouragement on this one. Really an underrepresented repair. Usually we just replace the case but when there's no cases left, what can we do?

Couldn't have done any of this without the welder, who really only attempted the job because he had no reason to believe it couldn't be done; a classic David and Goliath moment. And also grateful to Steve, who made it quite clear that inside drilling can be tricky, but nonetheless, scored the winning run.

Oftentimes, with us watch guys, we get preoccupied with worrying about whether or not something should even be attempted, when others just step up to the plate and hit the ball.

12-16-2016 03:50 AM
jringo8769 exactly what i was thinking many seiko cases are laying around with damage like this and no one was going to do anything with them?..
12-16-2016 03:31 AM
tritto Great to see a case that once would have been thrown on the scrap heap returned to active service.

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12-16-2016 03:20 AM
jringo8769 very well done my friend and excellent work for Steve855 ....that looks incredible and to Larry for once again getting the right parts for you to finish this.....God Bless,John
12-16-2016 02:31 AM
Steam Punk...New lug holes drilled!!!

Well, here's how the Steam Punk is shaping up...

If you've been following along, you'll remember that I thought {somewhat foolishly}, that a 6105 case with worn out lug holes could be welded, re-drilled from the inside only and simply returned to service as a watch case.

After initially striking out, I was finally able to find a welder who could do the work. All was completed as promised and I now had a case with welded lug holes. That's great unless you actually want to wear the watch.

Now I would need new holes drilled but, with a caveat; I didn't want to have the holes drilled all the way through the lugs, they would need to be drilled from the inside.

The build would need to be sidelined until I could find someone who wanted to take on the work on short notice and approaching the holidays.

I remembered there was one forum member, Steve855, who had done some lug re-drilling, but couldn't remember if he was able to drill from the inside.

In a complete stroke of luck, he posted a comment on the Steam Punk thread and mentioned that I should be careful and take my time with the drilling.

After sending him a message and telling him a little more about the build, he agreed to take on the job.

I got in touch with Larry {UncleSeiko}, and he sent off a new set of the proper springbars for the 6105 which really are made quite nicely. The tips are perfectly cylindrical with more distinct edges instead of the round tipped versions we see so often.

Once the springbars arrived, Steve was able to go to work on the drilling. I also sent Steve a couple different straps to try on to see how everything fit. We finally settled on the mm300 strap, which I feel is a very tasteful addition to the 6105.

Overall, Steve did a very nice job on the re-drilling and he also lightly cleaned up the inner lug surfaces where my enthusiastic welder had left heat flash and grinding marks. I also had Steve drill the holes slightly more inwards on the lugs and slightly up from the bottom corner. I believe that this will prevent the lugs from wearing out again in the future. And also makes the watch wear more comfortably due to the slightly higher strap location and since the 6105 straps sit so low, the lugs sharp inner edges tend to just look too high and oddly out of place. The location of the holes, combined with the mm300 strap fills the height of the lug area perfectly and the strap sits flush with the lug tops.

Part of doing a build sometimes involves bringing others on board to do some of the specialty work and I have to say that I'm very pleased with the outcome here and very glad that Steve had the time to fit me into his schedule.

Thanks again Steve for your expertise here. Really nice to have this case ready to use again.

New pics added... comments welcome!

12-11-2016 04:13 PM
Timegentlemenplease That is one welder with a steady, steady hand. I'm guessing he wasn't on the barley pop the night before. Hats off to him and to you. Olé!
12-11-2016 03:33 PM
Seiko sir I praise the people that are willing to do work instead of chuck ole parts abd start over. Putting in the effort and learning new skills fail or succeed is admirable in many aspects the least of which is the watch hobby. Well done. Would love to see how you drill the lugs. Been trying to figure that one out for a while.

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11-24-2016 06:53 PM
TheTigerUK Your guy (and you) did a great job on that Mike, a great resource to have local to you
11-19-2016 01:48 PM
Reynaldo Very well done, Mike!
I'm pretty certain John B could help you out with drilled through lug holes, as option and if you're not adamant about originality
11-19-2016 01:39 PM
Aquaman Thanks Lane.
For the welding, I've got someone local to me. I can get other cases done if there's some forum members who need their lug holes welded.

TiN coating is something I started working from the beginning. First with black coatings, then in various case finishes prior to coating to see what the texture and color came out like. I thought I'd get a little more interest from the forum with that, but I guess until you have one of these on your wrist, it's hard to tell how nice the quality is.

For myself, I like how the metal looks when it's coated; just adds some distinction in the blue titanium coatings and the black coated cases aren't reflective in the sun.

The drilling on the 6105 will be done sometime this year...not much time left before the holidays so the build probably will not be completed before Christmas... trying to finish other projects too.

I guess we'll just have to wait to see it when it gets done.

Thanks Lane and Guy for your interest in this one. Lug welding is an underrepresented repair and since there hadn't been many posts on the subject, I thought it would be good to at least show that it could be done so others could take note of it for future situations like this.

Lugs could even have material added if they are broken or chewed up.

11-19-2016 06:22 AM
GuyJ How does this then get drilled then and what's the procedure to make sure those holes are drilled exactly?

Looking forward to the complete build Mike...
11-19-2016 06:19 AM
OutaTime Wow, nice work Mike. Can't wait to see your 6105 come together. Might need you to publish a directory one day of all your contacts for welding, TiN coating, parts sourcing, etc. because you've done some impressive work on your projects.
11-17-2016 04:30 AM
lewie That looks like a good job Mike- hats off to you and the welder- really keen to see the end state
11-17-2016 03:23 AM
jringo8769 very well said Seikosyko...
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