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I’ve had a 7002 TST case that John did for me sitting on my bench for some months now, but sad to say ive had little modding inspiration. Sure ive tried a few dials and inserts but nothing quite had that WOW factor.
While trawling through the interwb some weeks back I came across a bezel insert offered by DR Seikostain, and the inspiration came.

Insert arrived, and I assembled it to the case with a polished stainless chapter ring that John had made for me last year, and a domed Blue AR crystal that I had in the spares drawer.
The insert is designed for the SKX 007/9 And comes with 2 double sided tape rings to hold it in place. The quality is excellent and the tape rings weren’t needed as it snapped into place nice and firmly.

As always click on the pic to enlarge

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I had already decided on a blue dial, but the offerings for 7002’s is pretty thin and mostly crap. I spotted a 6106 in one of The watch collectors offerings. Hmmm I have an idea. I just hope the marks are on the crystal not the dial. The lume is shot but I know a Guy that can.
Unfortunately the gamble didn’t pay off, the dial was scratched to death.

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Still searching for a dial and undeterred I turned my attention to the movement.
The observant among you will have noticed that I was trying to use a day date dial, 7002’s are date only.
The 6106 from Ramon dropped straight into the 7002 case, and everything lined up nicely, even the 6106 plastic movement ring fitted. While the 6106 wont work in the 7002 because the day quickset is the “push crown in” type I concluded that a 6309 is almost the same but crown pulls out to quick set the day and date and so would work.

Hmmm the 6106 has hacking though,
So after several nights of research, I bought a 6306 hacking lever from Stefan (Seikochrono), Good old Stefan always seems to come up with those hard to find parts and PM’d John to ask if he knew where I might find a centre wheel bridge to suit.
A modified center wheel bridge arrived 2 days later, one that John had left over from a batch that he had made.
SCWF is an amazing place with some amazing people.

Then I got to thinking as this is a mod why stop at a 6309, why not use a 6349, its got a jeweled mainspring arbour bush, in the train bridge, plus Diafix jewels for the third wheel and escape.
Ebay, 6349 BIN, its mine and arrives a few days later.

So the build begins

Modified centre wheel bridge and hacking lever fitted
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Jeweled mainspring arbour in train bridge
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Drop in the balance and
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Oh and another 6106 bites the dust, as I pilfer the Kanji day wheel from it

Next hurdle is the stem, AM crown and stem that came in a 7002 which came from Ramon, note that the stem is screwed into the crown unlike the original which is one piece.
6309 stem ready to be trimmed and fitted to the AM 7002 crown.
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7002 crown and 6309 stem fitted, quick set function works, hands set and crown screws down nicely.
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During the movement build I get a PM from Brian (Tickswift), he’s got a NOS 6106 blue dial for sale, some of the text is faded and I have looked at it on Ebay, but wasn’t sure about it.
After a phone call to Brian the dial arrives the next day on a “pay me if you like it basis”. Brian if your reading this, you’re an absolute gent, thankyou .
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All together with a MM hand set from Yobokies.
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At the end of the day, the real skill is in the making of the parts that John’s made, all I did was put it together, so a big thankyou to you John, this one wouldn’t have come to life without your skills. Neither would it have been possible without Stefan and Brian and last but not least DrSeikostain who’s “The Dodger one” bezel insert gave me the inspiration.
 

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Great post Ivor and love the watch. Glad to finally see it all come together.

The stem there was able to fit inside the 7002 crown? That wasn't clear or I'm being thick as usual. And love the modded movement. Something that makes me want to go and buy a few 6349s etc..

Oh and when am I reluming the other dial because I want to anyway....:)
 

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Guy, the AM 7002 crown & stem is basically a 7002 crown that's been modded to take a 7009 stem. The 7009 and 6309 stem have the same tap size, so will swap over.
 

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That is gorgeous Ivor! Don't you just love it when your ideas work out even better than you originally planned. I wish I had the confidence and ability to have a go myself.
 

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Thanks Jim.
You definitely have the technical ability and patience to have a go, confidence comes with practice. Grab a set of reasonable tools and a few knackered 7002's and have a play. What's to loose?
If nothing else you'll get to understand how they work.
 

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I know my limitations. If I hang a picture I'll hit my thumb with the hammer, then the picture will fall on the floor. It's not such a bad way to be though. It has its plus side.... It gets me out of doing DIY.
 

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I know my limitations. If I hang a picture I'll hit my thumb with the hammer, then the picture will fall on the floor. It's not such a bad way to be though. It has its plus side.... It gets me out of doing DIY.
You've definitely got one over on me then, if I hang a picture ill put the hammer through the picture and totally miss my thumb, then the wall will fall to the floor:undecided:
But I can fix a 7002 sometimes;)
 

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One thing is certain Guy... there is no way a watch could benefit from me tinkering with it.
Did you ever get anywhere servicing 6139 Chrono's?
 

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You've definitely got one over on me then, if I hang a picture ill put the hammer through the picture and totally miss my thumb, then the wall will fall to the floor:undecided:
But I can fix a 7002 sometimes;)
I can't compete with that Ivor!
 

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Hi Ivor,

Very impressive and creative too. I am too a fan of the blue. I do wish that I had both your's, and the many others on this site, the skill set..and patience, that all of you exhibit. Since this is a hobby, and peace of mind, I've come to accept the fact that I will always have a little more money in my collection than some others because the majority of my purchases will be serviced. Thanks again for sharing.
Michael
 

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Hi Ivor,

Very impressive and creative too. I am too a fan of the blue. I do wish that I had both your's, and the many others on this site, the skill set..and patience, that all of you exhibit. Since this is a hobby, and peace of mind, I've come to accept the fact that I will always have a little more money in my collection than some others because the majority of my purchases will be serviced. Thanks again for sharing.
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Thankyou Michael

I have to agree that nobody does blue like Seiko does.
As I've said in the post, the real skill, is down to John, AKA The Tiger.uk, who manufactured the parts that were required to make this watch. Putting it together was the easy bit.
 

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One thing is certain Guy... there is no way a watch could benefit from me tinkering with it.
Did you ever get anywhere servicing 6139 Chrono's?
Well I did and didn't... They moved on to someone eventually on eBay after I cleaned them up and put them back together a few times and I got about £50/70 I think. I had a few issues let's say with the balance and clutch but that was before I had any real experience. Still something I need to tackle... I haven't forgotten I still owe you one for that tho Jim.
 

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Nice watch there Ivor. That is whats great about Seiko . No other brand that you can take parts from other models and make it into a nice looking watch.
 
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