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I stumbled across a poorly listed 6138-0030 a while back. The bidding started in a high enough range to discourage the low ballers who hoped to get it for nothing but also other potential bidders who would have been caught up in the bidding and possibly bid the final price higher then my budget would allow. I watched the auction for a whole week and by the end of the auction there was only one bid. I patiently waited until the closing minutes of the auction and placed my bid accordingly. Needless to say, with no other bidders, the watch was mine at a very reasonable price.
What caught my attention the most was that the watch appeared all original and was the JDM speedtimer version...
When the watch arrived it was coated with dna deep enough to confirm my original observations of it being an original example. We all know how hard it is these days to acquire original unmolested examples. It had been advertised as running but chrono didn't work. Shortly after it arrived I had a look at it and sure enough it ran but the chrono wouldn't start. I carefully examined the pushers and operating levers without seeing anything obvious. After working the levers manually a few times I noticed one hadn't been correctly positioned for some reason or another. Once repositioned everything fell into place and the chrono went to working flawlessly and hasn't had an issue since.

I disassembled the case, gave it a good cleaning along with the case back, pushers, crown + stem. I gave the case a gentle hand polishing to bring back the luster. Installed a new crystal, pusher, crown, and case back gaskets. Gave the watch a good wind and wore it for 3 weeks straight. The first several days it was +5 seconds fast. After three weeks it was 15 seconds slow. Not bad for an almost 40 year old watch.......


This is definitely a Keeper.........







 

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Amazing condtion bezel ! Not to mention the rest of it too, but the bezel usually is the first to look worn out.

Super restoration. Very happy for you. Wear it in good health.
 

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Thanks guys!

but I'm sure ya'll know where this is leading............:)

Just arrived in need of a little TLC............

 

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Thanks guys!

but I'm sure ya'll know where this is leading............:)

Just arrived in need of a little TLC............

This one was on EBay very recently, right? I thought about it, glad it went to a fellow WIS.

I also just got a 6138 in (a bullhead, posted elsewhere) and after making a slight timekeeping adjustment, it is now running at +/- 2sec/day, which has stunned me. And the movement isn't even that clean looking.
 

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Congratulations! Beautiful watches.

Looking forward to seeing how that one cleans up.

Last 3 6138s I bought were not as described and I ended up sending back for refunds. You are starting to give me the Chrono bug again though.....argh!
 

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Would dream to score this type of piece. Tried few watches the last few years but all the bidding went sky high. That gives me some hope.

Not sure if I can ask the following question but for this particular watch what would have been a reasonable price limit?
 

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Just curious,
Are your hour + minute hands lumed?

This one looks exactly like mine, I'm in love with this dial.
 
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