Wanted a Bell-Matic for a while had an opportunity to pick one up at a flea market today for a reasonable price. The case is marked 4006-7029 but the face is marked 17J, thought all of the 7029 were 21J. I have not had the back off to check the movement yet. Case and band appear to be together for a long time judging from the wear and the amount of grime caked on. thoughts on of this was a movement change, case back change or dial change or did they make a 17 version of the 7029?
While I cannot confirm or deny the dial was replaced I think the -7029 was made in a 21 jewel movement for only a very limited time period. The 17j -7029 seems appropriate. I did a search on eBay and came up with a sale in August of 2014 of a -7029 that was a 17j movement.
Still a very nice watch - keep looking, the hunt is the biggest thrill!
Thank you. Did not pay much. The bracelet is extremely comfortable unfortunately it is a little small for the watch, 18mm instead of 19mm. It is marked Seiko 5, thinking about putting it on my about putting it on 1967 5.
Glad to hear it, I just bought some random watch for $30.00 shipped only because I could just barely see the BOR it had on it. And it was well worth it You got yourself an awesome watch AND bracelet! Fine work sir.
I agree. It has minute markers that are applied at 5,10, 15...etc and printed minute marks between. What keyed me that it was most likely a replacement is that there are nor dial numbers printed at the bottom of the dial.
I wouldn't mind finding an original dial to put on it.