This picture shows the extra 2 jewels found in the 7s36 vs the 7s26...otherwise they are identical
It is most likely that the difference between the 6r15A/B is changes to the date wheel and manual winding mechanism which were problematic early on. A part # check could verify this.7s26b said:The 7S26B movement also incorporates a new barrel/mainspring assembly (part # 0201 075), a different setting lever/yoke spring (part# 0388 177)-same as 6R15 , and as mentioned above a new balance wheel (part# 0311 050)-same as 6R15. I am not sure of the differences between 6R15A and B movements. Information taken from 7S26A Seiko tech pdf and NH26 NE15 TMI tech pdf.
Librarian2 said:This picture shows the extra 2 jewels found in the 7s36 vs the 7s26...otherwise they are identical
I have to make a slight correction to this original picture. The two jewels shown here are the same in both the 7s26 and the 7s36.
This picture shows what is different on the 7s36...
On the 7s36 there is an extra plate which holds two cap jewels in addition to the standard hole jewels.
Wikipedia has this to say...
"Cap jewels are always paired with hole jewels, and always with a conically shaped pivot. For a properly designed hole and cap jewel system, the pivot will always rest as a pin point on a thin film of oil. Thus, a hole and cap jewel offer lower friction and better performance across different positions as compared to simply a cap jewel."
This may explain why some report better performance from their 7s25/36 powered watches :)
If Seiko had simply wanted to add more jewels to up the count, there are probably a couple of places it would have been simpler to do this; so I think the addition of these two cap jewels was done to improve performance.