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Hello all. I am new here and new to watch restoration but I work in the abrasives and engineering sector so figured I know what sort of products I could use.
Before I start I will add that I have posted this one on another forum also but I am seeking honest feedback good or bad to aid me in trying to get better. I also welcome any tips and advise from the more experienced of you.
Long story short is I recently found the genre of watches I wanted to collect and that was retro 70s whether it be auto/ mechanical, jump hour / mechanical digital or LED if it has a retro style or shape I am interested .
I had restored 4 other types of 6119 before I attempted this one. I found that with old gold / yellow coloured plating (not real gold lets face it) underneath was potentially brass or a brass alloy which could be polished almost to gold standard. I also wanted to keep to original so needed to but some machining marks back in.
I bought this 5400 on eBay for £12.50 uk pounds! A bargain . It was beaten up but seller said it ran.
Once arrived I set to work removed the movement which looked good was running very well compared to my other 6119 movements . The dial was near perfect and hands still had active loom! ( is that possible). Watch dates on watch sleuth to be 1971.
I removed crystal and wet and dry p400 & p800 then polywatch till clear.
The case took two days. Lots of wet and dry and Two grades of scotchbright pads. Once happy I then used my vertical sander on the case to replicate machining lines and then set about polishing with a rotary tool.
I only used Dialux yellow on brass with a felt bob. It came up beautify.
Once happy I learnt how to spray a clear coat lacquer over the case to stop the tarnishing of the brass.

Now it's back together I rather like this one and pleased with the result.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing others views.

Pleas bear in mind this is only my 5th watch case restoration. I have 3 more waiting in he wings to practice on!










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Great job on the crystal and case there. Have you tried polishing a Seiko hardlex crystal? Would be great if you gave a walk-through at some point if you have success.

Welcome to SCWF! Did you service the movements aswell?


Hello. Thanks for your comment. Hardex is just that , hard. I have a Seiko SNZH that I mildly scratched the crystal. Only thing that got near it by hand was diamond lapping paste. It only rounded the edges of the scratch. Lessened the sight of it but was still there. I guess if you had the patience you could pursue this to the desired result. I was using industry grade paste as we sell it in my business. I am not sure of the Chinese stuff you see on eBay as it's far to cheap. I would surmise its more paste than diamond. One tube of 4 mircon to me can be near on £20 uk

I do want to find a solution to this as if I can the benefits to all watch lovers is huge!

As for this restoration , my skills are only in abrasives, I am yet to tinker with a movement, I would love to though as I have plenty to service but rather than do this I buy more watches for my collection.

I would like to find someone in the uk who would service some old Seikos at a reasonable price.


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The before and after is amazing! I can't believe those are the same case and dial!


Thanks. It's just fortunate that Seiko plated brass otherwise this watch would have just been for parts.
I am actually working on another the same only a newer movement in it.
It's nearly finished and may post the restoration thread.

I'm just struggling on clearcoat spray. I used a lacquer and it's started to peel so I need to find a better clearcoat.

Done some stainless cases too which do come up lovely


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