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Thought I'd share my first attempt at tidying up a scruffy watch.

I'd been looking for one of these for a while but although it wasn't blue like the one I wore through my teens the price was right for a practice tidy-up.

 

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The chapter ring was in a very poor state, so I decided to break the "patina" rules and strip it and repaint it myself. I'm sure I'll do it better the next time I do one...







 

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I learnt the hard way not to touch the letters when dusting the dial and took the edge off Seiko's "O" and the number of jewels has been reduced :(

 

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The replacement bezel from Dagaz pressed in perfectly, and I used a standard 37mm x 1mm industrial o-ring to replace the squashed original

 

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I found the reason for the non-advancing date wheels to be a tiny lever had fallen off it's pivot

 

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It took a few attempts to get everything lined up, and I'm still need to shift the chapter ring and hour hand slightly, but I'm quite pleased with the result :)

 

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great work...
 

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Wow - I think you did a fantastic job - when a piece has gone that far down the patina road I think all bets are off. Particularly admire the repaint of chapter ring. Nice wearable rally now...
 

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Thanks guys :grin:

I'm wondering now whether to attempt to paint in the faded/missing white stripes on the dial's hour markers.

I think it looks nice without them but it's nagging at me all the same!

Any thoughts?
 

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I'd buy a replacement dial. You're repainted inner bezel was super, but hand lettering is another story. Shouldn't be hard to fin on the auction sites.
 

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As Ebert would say: "Two thumbs way up!" nice job. learn by doing ....

These watches are getting more expensive by the day - enjoy!
 

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Thanks for the positive messages :grin:



These watches are getting more expensive by the day - enjoy!

You're not kidding! I decided to sell this silver one on eBay recently (as I'd managed to find a blue one) and it fetched double what I was expecting :eek:hmy:.


This one is a keeper though :)


Seiko Rally 6119-8300 ze73.jpg
 
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