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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I sent these out to Guy, the goal being restoration
of as much of the original looks and utility as possible.
They've been cleaned, serviced, couple of new bezel inserts
and crystals installed, the indices and hands are beautifully
re-lumed, movements serviced and they run like tops.

maybe he'll show some photos on his own. the 5126 seemed
a bit unfamiliar to him, and the thing now runs between
1 and 2 seconds off over 24 hours. how is that even possible?

Thanks, Guy,

peter
 

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What a trio ! The Rally on the right steals my heart !


I remember when Guy was first learning the trade. Now he is one of the most talented vintage Seiko watchmakers in the hobby !


Congrats on those beauties.
 

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here's a before photo from each. they were in decent shape for their
age, but definitely not glowing like they now do.

i love having two rotating bezels on one watch, even if i hardly ever
time two things at once, and am not likely to become a yachtsman....
but all three are very happy-feeling watches from an optimistic era.
 

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Ah thanks for the kind words Peter. :)

But really thanks for your patience with me. Glad to have got them done to a pleasing standard.

Still leaning, so I'm not sure I deserve the praise in all honesty, but I appreciate it.

The 5126 is a lovely movement really. Enjoyed working on it! All were very nice watches and it was great to get the change to help sort them as best I could for you. :)
 

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I sent these out to Guy, the goal being restoration

of as much of the original looks and utility as possible.

They've been cleaned, serviced, couple of new bezel inserts

and crystals installed, the indices and hands are beautifully

re-lumed, movements serviced and they run like tops.



maybe he'll show some photos on his own. the 5126 seemed

a bit unfamiliar to him, and the thing now runs between

1 and 2 seconds off over 24 hours. how is that even possible?



Thanks, Guy,



peter


Fantastic Michael. As usual, Guy raises the bar.
 

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Is the color representation accurate in your fist pic? Can't believe the lume turned out so blue... Execution spot on, a really solid job from Guy!
 

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i only have a defunct cellphone for a camera,
and i shoot in indirect sunlight, so i'm sorry if the
photos are not professional strength....lume is a
little creamy yellow to the eye, and a strong green
when aglow....
 

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here's a before photo from each. they were in decent shape for their
age, but definitely not glowing like they now do.

i love having two rotating bezels on one watch, even if i hardly ever
time two things at once, and am not likely to become a yachtsman....
but all three are very happy-feeling watches from an optimistic era.
They were nice as they were before. Especially that 6106 was beautifull in its original condition.

I see a lot of people on this forum are getting their watches relumed. While in the rest of the watch collecting community reluming really is not done.
 

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i feel that not re-luming a watch with decrepit, moldy
and unresponsive lume would be like not replacing
the headlamps on a vintage car...."but they're not
original!!!" well, who the f&@% cares? the watches
were originally lumed, and to have them dark, well,
it just makes them feeble. plus, when i get up to pee
at 4 in the morning, i like to know whether it's 3 or
4 or 5 in the morning. if i'm at my girlfriends house,
well, good lume is really helpful, it let's me know
whether it's time to go back to sleep or time to make
coffee. this is serious!

also, the fuzzy crystals were not "original" to the watch,
they were quite clear when new, when fuzzy they did hide
the horror-show of molten eroded decay, and that molten
eroded decay was in no way "original"....guy's reluming
brought the watch to as close to original as most people
ever get, and that's what we're celebrating here.

and, if you don't want to relume your watches,
i really don't mind if you don't. this is a really minor matter
in the world at large, no?
 
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