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Never seen THIS before...

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Back on the bench after an absence. "Real life" can be a true pain in the butt.

While getting into some estimates for a customer I found this very odd rotating ring anomaly on an otherwise very nice-looking and seemingly all-original 6105-8110 from November 1976:

The rotating ring is missing four grooves. As you can see, the blank spot does not line-up with any other particular feature.

Could this be an instance of Seiko using up the last few parts despite the obvious imperfection as they wound-down production?
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is it possible that someone at the factory built their own watch using parts that were discarded? A bezel ring here... a face there... I have never seen Seiko or any other reputable watch company release a product with such a serious flaw. Not only that, with full automation, I would imagine it would be harder to produce an error than not - the milling machine would have had to have failed or stopped during the run!

Is a Seiko-produced part for sure?
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