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So I posted a WTB on Gumtree for a 6309 7040 in any condition hoping to pick up a genuine dial to improve my aftermarket-full example. A guy rang me this morning saying he had an old one just like the one in my pic, and he wanted $45 for it. We soon established that it was actually a 7s26 0020 (SKX007) but for the price I thought why not?

I went out to his place at lunchtime and he told me he'd recently got back into diving and taken the watch to a jeweller to have it pressure tested and the 'dial straightened' but it stopped when he got it home. The store told him it would need a full service and he decided to cut his losses. He also had a 7s26 7020 (SKX171) and he offered me both for $100. Why not? Driving back to work I wondered how they had straightened the dial and hoped they hadn't used dial dots. If only they had!


Can you see what I'm talking about? Look closer at 10 and 40!

They've drilled right through, put in dial feet and coloured in the exposed metal of the feet with a permanent marker. I discovered this while I was examining the nicely aged lume.

On the positive side, it seems they've also put the second hand on too deep and the short end is catching on the minute hand - which is why it appears to keep stopping.

It looks like a new dial is in order (crystal and bezel insert replacements wouldn't go astray either), but they're cheaper than a full service. Perhaps I should go down the modding path?

Here's the second watch for completeness. It seems to be running fine but could use a crystal. Did I do ok for $100 all up?
 

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OUCH!

At least SKX007 dials are a dime a dozen and you should be able to right the wrong fairly cheap as long as they haven't damaged any go the internals.

I can't believe in today's digital age that the jeweler couldn't go online and find a take off stock dial for $10 and charge the guy $30 markup for it.
 

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Fantastic, I would never take any watch to a jeweller as I have seen so many stories like this one over the years.

Did the owner give any insight why the original dial needed straightening? This would not be a common occurrence without some other problem coming into play.
 

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I didn't ask why, but I the dial feet must have broken off somehow.

The guy used to dive with the watch and he does a lot of off-roading. He was working under his 4WD with his new watch on when I arrived so I think his watches get plenty of rough treatment. That said, I can't imagine how you break dial feet.

It looks like I have the perfect candidate for modding since it needs a dial and bezel insert anyway.
 

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I'm lucky to have a horologist with 28 years + experience who is an avid Seiko collector and the to-go guy for most of the jewelers in Louisville. He has super reasonable prices and can do most of the work while you're standing right there. He has no problem explaining what he's doing and is very transparent about his craft and techniques.

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Don't always trust a "watchmaker" either. Friend on the other side of the country had an SKX007 that seemed to be having issues with power reserve. His wife tracked down a watchmaker who told them it would cost $400 to service. They decided it wasn't worth it and threw it out! This mind you is without even thinking to ask me, their friend of 30 years who they know is a Seiko junkie. I made no bones about telling them what service would have cost in the real world or barring that just replacing the movement for even less.

The only time I have paid $400 for a watch service was for full restoration of 50+ year old Omega dress watches.
 

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Yeah. That would of been about $80 with my watch guy.

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$80 (Australian) was what the jewellery charged to ruin the dial and do a pressure test. Surely it would have been cheaper to order and install a new dial that to waste time butchering the dial.
 

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I had a similar experience ith a Swiss Army Oddessy VIP .
I had no tool to remove the screwdown case back.
I just wanted a new battery, I told the guy not to try to set the watch because the hands have to be in a certain position for setting various functions.
Even put a note in the box to be sure, but someone there could not resist messing with it and damaged the pushers .
No one seemed to know who it was and now my expensive watch is screwed up.
I could not get it fixed at the factory since they are no longer made and no parts were available.
I am perturbed to say the least.
 

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I'm lucky to have a horologist with 28 years + experience who is an avid Seiko collector and the to-go guy for most of the jewelers in Louisville. He has super reasonable prices and can do most of the work while you're standing right there. He has no problem explaining what he's doing and is very transparent about his craft and techniques.

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I'd love to know the name/place as I also live in Louisville, KY. Recently had to send a SKX173 off to Jacksonville, Fl to have new movement installed. Main reason is because a local CWM actually screwed it up worse.
 

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i use lotta caution when choosing a watch specialist. lotta people on our forum are good choices. i have this old timer near me that has these old old brass watch tools. he does lots of stuff for me free but he has many years of experience and IMO, he is very competent in diagnosis and repair not to mention really fair price. his only flaw is that he's not really swift getting things done....but he is still the MAN
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Tell him Toni with all the Seiko diver's sent you.


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This is great and thanks!!! He's even located in my end of town, so I may stop by just to look around. Have several Seiko Diver's myself and are my favorites.
 

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Make sure to call him first. There's also a bunch of collectors that meet on Sundays at the old Derby Flea Market on Sundays from 7 to 12 I believe.

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Make sure to call him first. There's also a bunch of collectors that meet on Sundays at the old Derby Flea Market on Sundays from 7 to 12 I believe.

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Will do...thanks. May have to venture over to 7th Street and check that out one Sunday.
 
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