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Hello. I need advice from experts! I'm new to the forum and I'm still waiting to purchase my first vintage Seiko. I have learnt a lot from this forum and site but I need to refer this query to higher authorities.

I stumbled on a "restored" 6139-8020 up for sale on well known online auction site. The watch looked original to me but I thought I'd do a quick image search, just to see how it visually compared to others. Well, now I'm confused!

Some photos of the 8020 show the "lines" on the brushed case surface running across the case (i.e. left to right, or, horizontally); while other photos show the brushed case lines running from top to bottom, or vertically.

Please help! Which is original? :confused:
 

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Hello. I need advice from experts! I'm new to the forum and I'm still waiting to purchase my first vintage Seiko. I have learnt a lot from this forum and site but I need to refer this query to higher authorities.

I stumbled on a "restored" 6139-8020 up for sale on well known online auction site. The watch looked original to me but I thought I'd do a quick image search, just to see how it visually compared to others. Well, now I'm confused!

Some photos of the 8020 show the "lines" on the brushed case surface running across the case (i.e. left to right, or, horizontally); while other photos show the brushed case lines running from top to bottom, or vertically.

Please help! Which is original? :confused:
Can you upload photos of it?
 

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Sorry, can't seem to upload an image from the site but here's an item number that can be placed in a search. It should take you straight to it. Thanks.

261491482711
 

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Ok the case & the rotor on the movement have been 'refinished' aka sanded in one direction but then it is a old watch (May 76 I believe) and he's stated that in the listing. The rotor has been refinished on top of the movement and I can see marks left by what appears to be light rusting. Not sure about the dial or hands but the strap is wrong for that watch. He's good at taking photos it has to be said and is not trying to hide anything as I can see that in the photos. As I say I'm no Seiko expert so you will have to ask others if the dial and pushers and such are original to the watch.

I should get back into refishing metals as if that's the best refinish available I'm going to make a fortune!
 

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The brushing goes from side to side. A lot of 'restored ones are done from top to bottom because it's easier to do.

Almost all the 8020's I see on Ebay are cobbled together. That's why I built my own. Tom gave me a case which I redid the brushing from side to side and Polly got the other bits together.

This is completely non stock BTW
 

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Great job on the case - it looks great!

And thanks for the replies to my question. The responses have been very helpful (as always). Happy watching!
 

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:c029:Mike that's sparkling new !!


The brushing goes from side to side. A lot of 'restored ones are done from top to bottom because it's easier to do.

Almost all the 8020's I see on Ebay are cobbled together. That's why I built my own. Tom gave me a case which I redid the brushing from side to side and Polly got the other bits together.

This is completely non stock BTW
 

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Hello, I am new to this site, my Dad had a Seiko 6139 8020, which survived 2 helicopter crashes amongst other things, sadly it's movement didn't survive rust, which seized it up.
He died last year, and I would like to get to running and back to its best as a gift for my brother can anyone help?

Thank you for any advice

Dave
 

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that is excellent work...impressive
 

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Welcome David Kennedy..i am so sorry to hear of your loss....getting your father's watch back in working order should not be anything terrible...where are you located..after 5 posts you can upload pics too...welcome to the forum...glad to have you with us....John
 

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Hi, thank you for the nice words, I am based in Cumbria, but happy to take the watch anywhere to get it back as it should be.
The movement is rusted solid, so I am assuming it will a need totally new movement, I want to keep as much of the original watch as I can.

Thanks for looking and helping
Dave
 

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Hi, thank you for the nice words, I am based in Cumbria, but happy to take the watch anywhere to get it back as it should be.
The movement is rusted solid, so I am assuming it will a need totally new movement, I want to keep as much of the original watch as I can.

Thanks for looking and helping
Dave
Welcome!

Many here can help you, myself included. But also PollyC, Spencer Kleine and IWW will get voted and come highly recommended. See what info you get and go from there.
The movement inside that watch is fairly easy to fix up, or swap out if need be. You won't get a new movement for it as they have not been made for decades I should think. Some new old stock parts surface every now and again, but mostly we use old donor watches and movements to take the parts to fix the pieces we are interested in. Seikos 6139 movement is very highly regarded and thankfully old 6139 watches are quite easy to come by, so finding parts is generally not a problem.

Good luck in your quest,
 

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this forum is excellent...we are glad to have you with us...
 

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thickman808 great site..impressive work...
 

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Thanks all! How should I go about getting someone to take a look, you all seem to know what you're talking about?
Do I try and get a movement and then someone to fit it or are you guys able to do the whole thing?
I am periodically up and to cheshire and market harborough if that helps any?

Cheers
Dave
 

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thickman808 his work is impressive...not sure how far away he is..but he did offer to help..i think him or pollyc on here would be the best place to start...unless you all have a better place to start..i do not know UK



He's like my habit dealer! when ever I need a fix I go to Tom and he supplies the goods :eek:
 
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