More and more guys are going to get burnt as the after market stuff is getting better and collectors who don't do there research are going to catch a cold and the prices the stuff full of fake/after markets parts are selling for is pretty amazing.
At last weeks watch fair many of the Seiko offerings where wrong and when a friend mentioned to one dealer that his Seiko was fake he dident want to listen because if he dident know it was fake then he wouldent feel bad about selling.
Some of the Seikosis stuff looks pretty good, but I highly dislike the fact that their auction descriptions are purposely ambiguous and don't clearly state "aftermarket". Some of their desciptions say "Brand: Seiko" which would imply made by Seiko.
Several years ago when I was new to collecting vintage Seiko I sent them a some messages on eBay asking if some parts were aftermarket, and even still they wouldn't say yes/no, but rather used round'about terms such as "Seiko replacement part" or "Seiko OEM spec part".
That dial is a fake.. this shows the importance of research in your hobby. The dial is everything. A fake dial renders the watch almost valueless- a parts donor. Research, research, research, - know your hobby!
6306 dials are faked too, especially Scubapro 450 dials. Bearing in mind a genuine Scubapro 450 dial in good condition is worth over a grand on its own. Just the dial!
That Dial is Scary hmy: Beveled Date Window and Dial Text below the 6 hour marker. Many Thanks to all the sharp eyed members who have done an exceptional job pointing out all the errors and mistakes. Very Helpful so when we see this turd we can avoid it.
On the Fake 6309 Dial my eye is immediately drawn to the Lume plots. Shiny and Blobby. Everyone knows how much I seriously dislike Shiny Blobs
Here's another ebay fake which I actually bought for BIN £190 - I saw it was a fake from the no-bevel and poor quality text, (a little "smudgy"), but I quite liked the look of the bezel insert, (which I need), maybe original with a slight pip problem, by the triangle flips over the edge which is good, plus the case looked in great condition and if I can buy a "rough" 7548 with a good dial for the right price it would make a nice mod, (my first venture into "mods).
The watch runs "great" - and the crown threads, etc., are in good nick - 2 turns plus
(combine this with the one in my first posting and they are getting near)
I finally received my replacement order of 330W18GN reproduction crystals a few days ago. I've been in the process or randomly checking about 20% of my order to see if they measure up to an original crystal. I've learned quite a bit throughout this process of producing a reproduction crystal...
Woke up at stupid o'clock so here we go... Hamtun H1 for me this morning
The lume isn't as good as the picture would suggest. There was a good blast of a UV torch before the picture was taken and it faded pretty fast after.
It's ok...just not to Seiko standard
I'm considering buying a Seiko Levante. Does anyone know where I can find a manual for a Seiko 7F38-7040. And does anyone know the purpose of the upper left dial that looks like a compass?
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