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I have bought a couple of them. One was a very attractive 7T32. I had an older small cased 7T32 with a green face that the gold tone on the case and bracelet was about 80% wiped out and the crystal had some scratches but mechanically it still worked perfect. So I picked up a nice 42mm case 7T32 salesman sample. Brushed stainless finish with a nice blue dial and a a rotating ring with sunken marking filled in with a matching blue. This was my first attempt and the fact that the case was a completely different size added some difficulty as the stems do not come with salesmen samples and the doner watch stems were to short. The only real goof I had was removing the crowns from the case. They glue them in with what appears to be that "hotgun" plastic type glue. I tried to force the crowns out which I did bit the threaded part of the stem is to delicate to be pushed out. So on my second attempt I broke the whole watch down to the case with just the crowns glued into it. I used a clamp and slide the crowns and case into a small bottle of acetone a let it sit overnight. The next morning I was able to pull the crowns right out of the case with my thumb nail and the acetone did not mark up the case at all. Then I just used some reamers to clean what was left of the glue in the tubes out a toothpick to clean up the crowns. Now it is all waiting on the bench for later tonight to go back together. it remains to be seen if the stems will need replacing on this second attempt. The replacement 7T32 Seiko stems are all only offer in one length. It is up to the installer to cut the threaded end down to the correct length. I'll post some pictures up later of the one I'm working on now. I did not take pictures if the first one I buggered up a bit.