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Hi all.
My last flea market find, a 1970 Seiko classic diver, reminded me how much I learned from this forum,
and it's an opportunity to give a little back.
I don't pretend to be a pro on this so all my actions are based on my limited knowledge
and common sense. In other words - try this at home at your own risk

Another remark - English is not my language, so please excuse my mistakes.

This 6105 proof/proof was found in a bad shape, but all original (as far as I can tell)




I knew I'm keeping it as original as I can, but it has to be wearable, which means cleaning,
reluming and a pressure test.

first, case parts cleaning, a lot of gunk accumulated over the years.
down-left corner, you can see the case back gasket. gone.

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A great tool my wife bought me for my little hobby - a brass pencil brush

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Then, reluming. C3 [img]http://www.network54.com/images/happy.gif

This is the "patient", dial is in good shape, besides the lume. The hands are baaaad.



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Middle of the process, some of the lume has been removed.
I've used a screwdriver and toothpicks, plus some ear buds with medical alcohol.

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Dial with old lume removed

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Cleaning the hands. The trick is not to harm the chrome plating, so this must be done slowly and carefully.

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Now, for the fun part - the reluming. I use a C3 material, a kit I bought in a
watchmaker's supply store. The 6105 dial is easy compared to other dials I did,
thanks to the raised little frames.

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Here it is, drying

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The hands are done facing down, so the upper side of them stays clean.

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I remembered to relume the insert's pip, which still has (!) the lens on the front.

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The relumed parts are resting in the sun

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While I assemble the beautiful case together (only cleaned, I don't want to refinish it.
All gasket are lubricated, the case back's gasket and crown will be replaced.

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The crown's gasket is now out, and it's dead. Feels like hard plastic.
I hope that the gaskets I have will do, and it will pass the pressure test.
I'll order a new crown just in case. The reassembly of the crown's washer is hard to do.

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Here is the finished dial after installing the hands, using a hand setting tool

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And... Taddam!

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A few wrist shots

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And a lume shot

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I've decided to keep the original bezel insert on, it's nice.

I hope you enjoyed this "little" story.
Have a great day,
Galpo. [/font]
 

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Very nice Lume color! I like the wabi of that dial.

I`m not so sure about the bezel insert. It´s very faded. But if you`d insert a new one it might contrast too much with the watches wabi...

Congratulation for your work on this old treasure.

Kind regards from Hamburg, Germany
 

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Your killing me Gal. This is the one vintage Seiko Diver that I would love to add to my collection (the 8110 is not my cup of tea). Oddly enough I want it to wear and don't care for ultimate originality so long as it is clean, so if I got my hand on one, I would have no issue with using a modern reproduction dial, hands and crystal, provided I could restore the rest to as new condition. One of these days I'll get my hand on one.

Nece work, very nice work.
 

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Nice, Gal - well done! There is really nothing nicer than a diver that shows signs of regular use! Good thing that you are keeping the bezel insert!
 

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Excellent post Galpo. Thanks very much for putting it together.
You can obviously wear that one with great pride knowing all the work you personally put into it.

Another vote for keeping the original bezel insert. Very cool.

Cheers
Ian

Have you had a pressure test? I'd be very happy staying out of the water with one of these. Cocktail on the beach/by the pool admiring your handiwork.
 

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Emeister said:
Excellent post Galpo. Thanks very much for putting it together.
You can obviously wear that one with great pride knowing all the work you personally put into it.

Another vote for keeping the original bezel insert. Very cool.

Cheers
Ian

Have you had a pressure test? I'd be very happy staying out of the water with one of these. Cocktail on the beach/by the pool admiring your handiwork.
Thanks. I've had it pressure tested and took it to a 3 meter dive at the pool. No problems.
If it can't swim, what's the point? ;D
 

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Very nice job and well documented tutorial now.
Glad you did this, as I hope to one day take the same path to do my own relume.
It turned out fantastic, and she swims still. Love it. :-* 6105 beauty.


Thanks for posting the awesome rebirth of a classic.
Dave.
 

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Great work Galpo. I want to get my 6105-8000 fully operational and pressure tested. Bought it in 1969, but been in a drawer for 15 years.
Any ideas where I can get a replacement crown gasket, or a replacement crown.
 

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Hey Markf, I've also replied on the other thread.
Replacement crowns can be found on ebay, at least the last time i've looked, but that was long ago. And can't say how good they are.
You can also search for a generic gasket, 5mm outer diameter, 1 mm thick. I found it at a wholesale store for gaskets in Tel Aviv, two-three years ago. This store does no longer exists...
Maybe a watch parts house like Borel have that kind of gasket.


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