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Received 3 undelivered cards today (well 2 were for import tax, yuck), so cycled down to the depot, paid, cycled back and ripped open the parcels, to be confronted by my newbies


1) 7548-700F Ser # 8D2011. It's on the original strap, but the keeper has broken, best hunt out a replacement. Needs new crystal, bezel gasket at minimum, and reluming, as I want a watch that is feasible to wear in the dark (my others are sentimental or patina "heaven").



2) H556-5028 Ser # 443654. Going to be cleaned up, new strap and become a daily beater. Looks like it was serviced up to date shown. Light isn't as powerful as I've seen on others. Insides are clean as a whistle, and grease present on back case O-ring, oh and alarm works!



And finally 3) 6309-7040 Ser # 954207. Came with 23 jewel movement, I was told it was rare, anyone help me out? The rotor bearing sounds nasty, so spares or service maybe required (scratch that, will be required). Not a 100% on that bezel insert either.



Well I'm happy with them, they aren't the rarest watches, but they've got a good home now, I think :)

Thanks for reading,
David


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Thats a nice little bunch you have there and after some TLC they will be even better.

Your correct the 6309 is rare as Seiko to the best of my knowledge never produced one with 23 jewels :)
 

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The 6309-7040 looks like a very nice suwa dial example. Bezel insert looks original, I'd leave it exactly as it is. I don't know what the 6349 movement is doing inside though, I have a 6309-7290 with a 6349 in it, and I was told the original must have been replaced at some point...who knows for sure?
 

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It's all about the TLC. I know they were 17J movements in the 6309, just would like to know why this swap occurred, the last owner said the movement was rare, and unsure why the swap occurred. I'll never find out, but I'll always come up with a different theory. I'm leaving this and my other 6309 well alone on the customising front, both all original, bezel damage and all!!


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As I understand, the 6349 only came as standard in dress watches. But that wouldn't have stopped it from being used as an 'upgrade' option when your watch was taken in for service or repair I suppose?
 

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1) 7548-700F Ser # 8D2011. It's on the original strap, but the keeper has broken, best hunt out a replacement. Needs new crystal, bezel gasket at minimum, and reluming, as I want a watch that is feasible to wear in the dark (my others are sentimental or patina "heaven").
Nice score on the 7548! That appears to be a genuine dial in excellent condition. Would you consider leaving it as is? The hands appear to be in need of re-plating. You can swap them for new, genuine Seiko hands. This way, you can tell time in the dark and keep your dial untouched. The only difference between the original hands and the new replacements is the new hands have a beveled edge, whereas the originals are perfectly flat.

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well great finds....anyone would love to have them...
 

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Ok, ok, my arms twisted, it'll stay original, but as Selym says, those hands have got to go, not go go, just replaced or relumed. Which hands can I swap them out for? One of these days I'm going to get hold of a Seiko that's going to get a re-lume, patina or no patina :) .


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SKX007 hands would work if I recall correctly.
Ok, ok, my arms twisted, it'll stay original, but as Selym says, those hands have got to go, not go go, just replaced or relumed. Which hands can I swap them out for? One of these days I'm going to get hold of a Seiko that's going to get a re-lume, patina or no patina :) .


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So, hands, strap, bezel gasket and clean the case, then I've got a wearer. Thank you for the info @toxicavenger!


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