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I've had about 30 of these over the years including 3 NOS bezels, one of which was the subject discussed here and one or two 6309s have matched this.

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But believe what you want. For me it's a later production with genuine insert and ring that likely was produced at the time of the 7002 or later, the 7002 ring doesn't fit the 6309/6 afaik....

Vange I'd be happy with the watch and with the large spline crown it'll finish it off nicely. I would say that ring is a later replacement, so not strictly accurate in that sense, however it wouldn't bother me after owning the spare as pictured and handling a few with the same machining.
 

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Not 100% true but if I see a bezel with non or few marks and a case with obvious marks (History) I assume it's new to the case. I can't see how a bezel cannot get knocked when the case does.
 

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Yeh agreed but we know the crown is incorrect for the date aswell so, bezel likely a replacement later on, too. I thought it was about the authenticity of it. Despite my doubts in the thread I linked I'm of the opinion they are correct...but I mean...if it is fake...well ...:)
 

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Being new to this reference and never seen one in the flesh I found it difficult to determine from looking at pictures whether the hands are flat or not.

It may sound strange but it gave me some comfort to see the the corroded hands as the chance they were original/OEM improved.

This means there would have been some intrusion of moisture/water into the case. The dial seems to have survived and is in very good condition but not sure how the movement has fared.

Will leave everything as is but will send off for a full service.
HI Just for Thoughts. I have had and still do have 6309-70x with hands that are starting to show some Blackness Yet the Dial and Movements are Pristine No Sign of Water Intrusion at all. Also how many times do we see Hands that are White and Indices that have Creamy patena and Known to be OEM One Owner watches? The Point is I have read many times that the Lume on the hands May be different than the Lume used on the Dial.? I think its Important to understand That as much as we would like SEIKO to be 100% Factual and Precise That has not been the case. I have had 6309s with 6306 bezels and LOOK 100% OEM Same with Crowns. It may be more so with earlier 1976 to 1979 that being that 6309s and 6306s were issued at same time. Tens of Thousands made each year How??? unlikely would it be that a Crown or bezel was used by Mistake?? Can we really be all that SURE?
 

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Blah, Blah, Blah...The OP's Watch is 100% Seiko factory issued. No replacement parts. Just a wonderful example of Seiko's Best of There Best. :)
 

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I believe there are two different types of machined edging to these rotating rings and that looks good to me. I can certainly remember one NOS possibly late release of the 86019671 ring with the same pattern
And likely a couple of 6309s over the years that looked the same. All looks in keeping. The crown being replaced is one thing that could raise doubts as to the rest but for me I think it is overall very good. Also a 7002 ring wouldn't fit the watch very well, can't remember if too tight or too loose. I tried once and it was one or the other I'm fairly sure.
I’ve always been intrigued by the variations on the machining of the bezels, I’ve noticed more than a few different ones but can’t say anything specific to that early time period. Same for the 7548’s which happen to interchange.
 

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Imagine this: How many lines in the factory produce Rotating Rings ? Are the Machines producing the rings all set the exact same ? Do you really think they were all made at once ? Or Twice ? The watch is original and that is that :) Saki on Friday is better than Saki on Monday...
 

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I think what we can gather from all this bezel discussion is that the OP has a special and early production 6309 with an uncommon and lesser known bezel. This alone would make it worth holding on to.

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Imagine this: How many lines in the factory produce Rotating Rings ? Are the Machines producing the rings all set the exact same ? Do you really think they were all made at once ? Or Twice ? The watch is original and that is that :) Saki on Friday is better than Saki on Monday...


My thoughts as well Dave.


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Is there an image showing the bottom of the bezel which sits close to the watch case. I've seen similar aftermarket bezels but they lack the small grooves as shown in the picture below.

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I take back what I said Guy has proven me wrong. And no unfortanely I can't see sellers pics showing the underside.
 
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