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Having branched out from 6139 territory into 6138's I have acquired a few and the next on the list was a 0030. All my 6138's are originals in good condition and I was hesitant because most 0030's appear to be overpriced or suspiciously good condition with aftermarket parts possibly being fitted.

I had spoken to Tom Hickman in the past about tinkering and he has helped me out with parts. He managed to convince me that working on 6138's is not harder than 6139's and also kindly sent me an old 6138 movement to play with and study the additional complication. Confidence duly raised Tom then sent me a lot of 6138-0030's to make up a couple of working 0030's for myself and Steve (skg7548). We had agreed a price for two watches and I could pick and choose parts as I liked.

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The only parts bought in were a pair of NOS pointy hour and minute hands supplied to Polly by horological super hero Stefan and a new genuine crystal that I fitted to Steves watch.

Both movements had a full service with Steves watch having replacement setting components and mine a replacement chronograph center wheel. All the chronograph hands had to be repainted and the cases refinished plus the obligatory new gaskets. The above makes the restorations seem straight forward but in fact I spent two weeks of evenings and weekends tackling the various movement problems. Still the end result is two heads that are 100% Seiko even down to the crystals.

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Polly's 0030



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Superb Mike !!!!!!!!!!!:clap::clap::clap:
 

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And here it is on the wrist, shiny and clean with signs of use but no after market parts, second to a NOS one it's as good as I could wish for.
Massive thanks to Mike for the trouble he went to. I've been wearing it nearly every day since it landed.
 

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HUBBA-HUBBA!!! Horological Viagra. they look fantastic you lucky buggers. The quality of work you guys turn out, never ceases to amaze me. Love the square subdials.
 

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Great work Mike! Two Keepers for sure.
 

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I have to ask what paint you're using for the chronograph hands. They look excellent!

Now that I have four or five 6139s, I'm sure that 6138s are on the horizon. That's a scary thought but they are indeed very very beautiful watches. Enjoy them!
 

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HUBBA-HUBBA!!! Horological Viagra. they look fantastic you lucky buggers. The quality of work you guys turn out, never ceases to amaze me. Love the square subdials.

I've done case work but that's it. These projects are totally Mike's work.
 

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Nice job Mike! Love my 6138-0030 but hardly wear it. I'm going to tackle a brown bull movement soon so it's nice to hear you were ok with it over a 6139. Tom said the hands can be tricky to set? I just picked up a S-501 tool which should help hopefully!
 

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Hi Tony,

I am not wearing my 0030 either, its a great watch to look at but not as comfy as a Tokei or UFO which also have better hand clarity.

Hand setting is no harder than a 6139, well identical with the addition of the hour recording hand and that is a simple line up and push on with the hammer down:)

I had one of hal0eights repro S501 tools for ages and only started using it recently. Does the job and grips the movements well enough too especially the 6138 that is especially snug.

chevere: I use ordinary aerosol acrylic paint for all my hands, choosing the colour is the hardest part. A little practice is required to get the feel for application, just enough to cover the surface and go flat and no more.
 

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I had one of hal0eights repro S501 tools for ages and only started using it recently. Does the job and grips the movements well enough too especially the 6138 that is especially snug.

Cool little holders! I brought one of hal0eights holders a while ago and ended up giving it to Tom as I didn't think I would be able to service these movements myself. Doh!

So I brought another one of hal0's holders and retro fitted two metal jewel supports. That killed it really so when I saw a genuine Seiko S-501 I asked the nice Spanish guy if he'd take £50 for it and he said no 30 Euros was enough and now I am it's proud owner :)
 

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chevere: I use ordinary aerosol acrylic paint for all my hands, choosing the colour is the hardest part. A little practice is required to get the feel for application, just enough to cover the surface and go flat and no more.
Good to know. I've tried it with some thinned model paint and a brush and it looked terrible! Matching that red -- particularly one that's developed a little patina over 40 years -- is no easy job!
 

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Brilliant work Mike:)
Very cool looking watches too.

I did a 6138 earlier this year. It took me ages and I had to ask for help as I'd never done one before and only one 6139 before that.

I completed a 6139 last night for a customer. I have another one of his to do, 2 more more another customer and about 3 of mine to overhaul and list.

My watchmaker friend said I'd be good at them after about 30-40 of them!!
 

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Hi I'm from Singapore and I'm looking for the hands and sub hands on my Seiko Kakume 6138-0030 blue. Also anyone can sell me the dial too ?

Can anyone help on where to purchase and who can I purchase from ?

My email is draka748 @yahoo.com.sg
 
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