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I forgot about this excellent post! Thank you for this! Wealth of information regarding this famous and probably one of the highly sought after Seiko models. Besides the Pogues and Pandas. I started with one and ended up with 4 !!!


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This is a great thread! I found one in need of repair (and I have a guy that does good work for a great price) so I took a chance. In general, it looks like it just needs a good cleaning and service, but the second hand is actually bent at the tip (at a ~20 degree angle?). I shudder to think how it got like that, but I'm confident I can get it sorted out.

In case I can't, how hard is it to find a replacement hand? Are the AM parts okay? I'm not stickler for all original parts, but I like to get the proper replacement if I can. I'm already planning for an AM crystal as the original is badly scratched.
 

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Replacing a watch's crystal with an aftermarket one is generally considered acceptable and does not hurt the watch's value. Replacing the hands can be more problematic. It's not uncommon for a seconds hand to bend. The best remedy would be for your watchmaker to straighten it back out. A faded red or yellow seconds hand can be renewed with a colored Sharpie marker. If you do choose to use a new aftermarket seconds hand, no one will probably ever notice.
 

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Thanks for this great thread.
I got my 6138-0010 a while ago and it took me a while to restore it. The hardest part was getting a nice matching bracelet.
It is a JDM proof/proof from October 1970 and has the two piece sweep second hand.
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Agree that this is a great thread. The 6138 has not been on my radar, but the power of your words and pictures have led me to think that I need to put it on my rapidly growing list of Seiko targets.
 

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Replacing a watch's crystal with an aftermarket one is generally considered acceptable and does not hurt the watch's value. Replacing the hands can be more problematic. It's not uncommon for a seconds hand to bend. The best remedy would be for your watchmaker to straighten it back out. A faded red or yellow seconds hand can be renewed with a colored Sharpie marker. If you do choose to use a new aftermarket seconds hand, no one will probably ever notice.
Thanks. I bought an AM crystal but everything else was salvageable. He did a great job straightening the second hand and there's only the slightest bit of yellow missing. All in all, looks great and I'm in for a little less than the "recently serviced " one go for on Ebay. And I know this was serviced with a guarantee.

From February 1971



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Just to follow up on the service. Either the guy replaced the main spring or it was not used much. Power reserve is well over 40 hours, which is amazing.

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Hi, friends! Thank you for very interesting information. But I have two questions. 1. Did the kanji/eng days were only with domestic dial or it could were in export dial? 2. The case was only satin (unpolished) or may be polished? I have 0012 with eng/arabic days and polished case is it correct?
 
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