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Hi,

Just picked up a Seiko 4205-015K (SN:120135) . Its had some unhappy refinishing attempts and the bezel is loose,both horizontally and vertically, any idea how to fix this? A new gasket perhaps? I cant seem to find one!

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(UK based) Leon
 

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Hi Leon

Nice to see you over here - welcome to the Forum.

I've just had a look at one of my 4205's, and there doesn't appear to be a bezel gasket. The bezel is nice and tight on mine, so I can only assume that they never had a gasket.

Perhaps the "slack" is due to wear, or the refinishing the watch has had.

This may come in handy http://www.watchuseek.com/seikocitizen/SeikoTechnicalManuals/4205A.pdf
 

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Hi,

Thanks for the warm welcome and advice, I have an update. Prized the bezel off and I have a gasket :

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v218/dubleon/?action=view&current=bezel.jpg

It sits in a groove the bezel, it does not fit tight in the groove as it does not seem wide enough. Would anyone know if this is correct? I hope I have explained things well.

Here is where the bezel fits:


http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v218/dubleon/?action=view&current=seiko.jpg

almost looks like glue in there- old grease maybe?!

There is also a crack you can see here:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v218/dubleon/seiko2.jpg


I think the easiest thing would be to buy a repalcement case from ebay and swap everything over?


Leon
 

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Looks like the crystal retaining ring is broken - there's what appears to be a crack in it, in pic 1. If the ring is loose, maybe that's why the bezel wobbles?


I've taken a few 6309s apart, and the 4205 looks to go together in a similar way. A couple of them have had cracked retaining rings or worn bezel O-rings, causing the bezel to wobble. Parts are readily available from eBay sellers in the Philippines for the 6309. Not sure about the 4205.
 

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Thanks Clockworks,


The movement is having some problems so I am sending it back to the seller who has agreed a refund! Expect me to pick up another Seiko soon!

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Probably the best thing to do, Leon. Go for a 6309 (plenty of aftermarket parts) or a 7S26 (007, 009, etc. - newer, so movement should be OK). If you want a slightly smaller watch, the "submariner" is a good choice (SKX033, with 7S36 movement).
 
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