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I was never big on these mechanical alarm watches, but I found a small portion of them that had classic styling and an intriguing movement history. I bought one and was pleased with it's timekeeping and the the soft "ringing-bell" alarm was fun at the office.


Hey look, an EMS bag from Japan!



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Ahh, the ultra-tidy manila package from within. We know by now who this is from!



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The useful and protective watch carrying case...



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The well wrapped bundle inside that...



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I see a watch!



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And there it is, a 1969 Seiko Bell-Matic with the 27 jewel 4006-7010 movement. This ends up being a very complicated movement, with the extra internal complications of the alarm setting and ringing, but they can be very accurate as well.



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This example has a beautiful dial and hands, the crystal is in very good condition. The case has some deep scratch here and there mostly on the lugs. It is hard to see in the picture, but these watches have a silver day ring and a white date ring,

The bracelet is period correct, and the links look just like some Seiko bracelets from the same period, but it is an aftermarket Bear brand. Plenty long enough and very smooth and comfortable too!



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Here is the "crowns" side.


The crowns are used in interesting ways:

The main crown winds the separate alarm spring in the closed position (the main watch spring can only be wound "automatically").

In the first "out" position, the main crown is used to set the alarm ring position.

In the second position, it can be used to set the time and the day - but only with a 9 pm to 1 am "semi-quick-set".

The alarm crown can be pushed in to quick-set the date, and pulled out to turn on the alarm function.

Pushing that crown in when the alarm goes off will stop the "bell" ringing. Don't forget to re-wind the spring! :grin:



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The "common" side.



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The clasp scratches look particularly bad in this shot, but they are all very shallow and I should be able to polish or "brush" them out fairly easily.



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A view of the case-back.



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And here are my two 4006-7010 "brothers" side by side, "Ebony & Ivory", the black 1967 model along with my new 1969 white dial.



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Finally, since I think of this as a "business watch", since that is the environment the alarm seems built for, I put on one of my quintessential business shirts and took this picture.


I think the watch looks "sharp"! Don't you?



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Thanks for looking!


- Thomas
 

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I love the Belles Thomas, superb movement, real quality model I have a few, you now need a business Belle :)

 

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A very nice watch Thomas,

in fact, one of my favorite models and very nicely complementing that rare charcoal version of yours.

Personally, I am a big fan of original bracelets and while the bracelet you have currently fitted might be periodically correct, I would not like the bar end links. Why not put it on a nice leather strap like you charcoal 701? ;-)

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I know, insane! 8-O

Is this for real..? Ebay 271824399760

Yeah, I was watching that. :confused: It was on my "watch" list and suddenly, the price went over $700! :rolleyes:


reed0702 seems like a good seller, so I don't know what is going on there?? :eek:


Insane! :eek:hmy:


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Nice watch, If I win the lottery I'll just print your posts and start buying those watches :)

Tomohide "reed0702" is a very nice person! My latest buy from him was the presmatic. Maybe someone made a "max bid" typo?
 

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Nice watch, If I win the lottery I'll just print your posts and start buying those watches :)

Tomohide "reed0702" is a very nice person! My latest buy from him was the presmatic. Maybe someone made a "max bid" typo?
I't looks like two people have just gone mad and are trying to out bid each other. I would rather buy a GS for that type of money. Madness. I would not mind there is basically the same model buy now for a 1/4 the price.
 
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