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An old school friend, on discovering that I was a bit watch obsessed (her words, not mine, I've no idea what makes her think that :rolleyes:) sent me a couple of watches today. One Japanese, a Seiko, so far so good.

"It was my Dad's. Only an old SQ, so worth diddly. I'd rather you had it than it sit in a box forever " she said. I thanked her and said I would be pleased to look after it for her.

Then she said "He was wearing it when he died". :eek:mg:

As he died in a glider accident, resulting in a fall of 300 feet, I wondered what sort of state it was in. Although the battery has since died, it was apparently unscathed. Testament to the ruggedness of a good old worth diddly Seiko ! Update when I've cleaned it up and got a new battery for it.

7N43-6001 S/No. 67xxxx ('86 or '96 ?)



That one was a freebie.

The other one I am buying from her. Appears to just need a new strap.

1974 Hamilton 6bb

 

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A good reputation is more valuable than gold. Enjoy the new pieces, especially that Hamilton.
 

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Then she said "He was wearing it when he died". :eek:mg:

As he died in a glider accident, resulting in a fall of 300 feet, I wondered what sort of state it was in. Although the battery has since died, it was apparently unscathed. Testament to the ruggedness of a good old worth diddly Seiko ! Update when I've cleaned it up and got a new battery for it.
That's really interesting. Obviously yours to do with as you wish but I want to share that my initial reaction was that you might want to consider leaving it as is.

That watch is more than a watch, like the kind that come and go in our collections, that's a watch with a story. And the story is "most true" in the state it is in.

Still, it's just a material object so I don't want to overstate it. I could see replacing the battery and even wearing it. Not sure how much cleaning up I would do; certainly not a restoration in my mind.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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well looks like you got two great watches and a sad story to go along with them...they are both very nice too..
 

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Not sure how much cleaning up I would do; certainly not a restoration in my mind.

The Seiko is in very good nick. The only cleaning up would be of the ultrasonic type. Spoke to my friend tonight and she advised me to clean it !!

She and her husband are about to embark on a teaching adventure. In China ! Just hope I get to show her the cleaned up watch before they go.
 

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Both are very nice. That she thought enough of you to give these watches a new home speaks volumes. Enjoy.
 

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The Seiko is in very good nick. The only cleaning up would be of the ultrasonic type. Spoke to my friend tonight and she advised me to clean it !!

She and her husband are about to embark on a teaching adventure. In China ! Just hope I get to show her the cleaned up watch before they go.
Sounds good to me!
 
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