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Hello everybody,

I've been looking at the Daini 7015-7010 recently and found pics of watches in comparable conditions - up to NOS ones - that have sweep-seconds hand either yellow or orange.

A collector whose opinion I respect, believes the original ones should be orange - the yellow being just the result of fading.

That would make perfect sense, except ... that several of the yellow ones (including NOS) I've seen match almost perfectly the yellow part of the tachymeter scale on the bezel. Just a coincidence?

Can anyone shed any light on this ?

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I would say you can usually tell whether hands are faded by their look and the corresponding condition of the dial and printing. It's a little simplistic to generalize that yellow hands used to be red or orange. I don't buy that. There are some cases where the same model was produced with hands of different colors...red, orange or yellow.
 

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I just took a close look at mine which is very original as far as I can tell. The sweep hand is faded some but it鈥檚 clearly orange. My pictures don鈥檛 do a great job with the color as they do make it more yellow, but it鈥檚 clearly orange in the flesh.




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I do know that paint colors mixed to the same ratio but years apart when subjected to UV can fade and change to radically different colors. I think it is often slight changes to both the tint base used as well as the actual amounts of each tint and then of course the UV damage involved. So many variables involved in paint color and UV damage.
 

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I do know that paint colors mixed to the same ratio but years apart when subjected to UV can fade and change to radically different colors. I think it is often slight changes to both the tint base used as well as the actual amounts of each tint and then of course the UV damage involved. So many variables involved in paint color and UV damage.

You're absolutely right! And if fact there's a large variety of shades on hands that are known to be legit (so are presumed to have started with the same colour) on practically all references.

However, what I find a rather strange coincidence (if only due to natural fading) is that the yellow sweep-hands I've seen on (otherwise perfect examples of) -7010 matches almost exactly the yellow on the tachymeter bezel 馃
 

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I think you can safely assume more than one color was used. If a yellow hand (supposedly faded) is on a fresh-looking or NOS dial, the faded-color theory doesn't make sense if everything else is vivid.
The 6138-8020 Panda for example is seen with both red-tipped and yellow-tipped sweep hands.
I first assumed the yellow tip on mine was faded red, but then I found this catalog shot, which shows a yellow tip.
So, as always, with Seiko, anything is possible.
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