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Bought a third 7546 to steal the mainplate for my 7548 project watch. And once again, I’m not sure I can bring myself to destroy it. They are fine looking watches. This one the second hand twitches which is a great sign, just needs a service and proper clean up, this is after taking about half a pound of dirt off the case before I dared to take the back off.


And with this one in a sort of mini-lot came a 6922. Never had one of these before; not sure how long it will stay with me but Seiko certainly can do a blue dial whatever model it is. This pic is after the case has been 30 mins in a hot ultrasonic following a pre-clean to the case. Needs a new crystal and gaskets and the movement is sticky, runs a bit then stops so it needs a service.


Both came on original and correct bracelets which have had about half an hour so far in a very hot US bath after a pre-clean. The US now looks like a decent mulligatawny soup.


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I was in a similar position with this 7546 purchased for spares. Just can't bring myself to break it up!

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This just came in from an invaluable auction (thanks Ewand)! I have never had one of these before. This big helmet case is bizarre. Needs a service but it works well. Maybe the case is a bit polished?





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Unff, that's gorgeous.

I have this in the mail. It's not truly seiko, but with the 2019 limited priced at $3,000, and the 2020 mass version at $1,300, I went with the steeldive homage. I have other true turtles (the 6105 is NOT a turtle, no matter the marketing nonsense), had to try the 6105.

I also have an SRP turtle PADI in the mail, gave in to that temptation. I need to get back to my 7A28 roots, but these new iterations are so tempting at good prices.

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First project I've bought in a while. I've been wanting a Sea Urchin and couldn't resist this one for the price. It needs a little TLC, but what fun is it to buy a ready to wear watch?
So I am catching up on years (20+) out of collecting; what defines a "Sea Urchin?" It looks like it has a 7s36 movement, which I am still vague on what that is vs. a 26. I see it's 100m/5 Sport but what does that really translate into in late 90s/2000's vintage? I have googled some of these questions but don't understand fully despite what I read.

That's a very attractive watch so I don't mean disrespect, just trying to learn. Apologies if the wrong sub-forum. I sea the "Sea-Urchin" nickname but don't quite get what it defines.
 

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So I am catching up on years (20+) out of collecting; what defines a "Sea Urchin?" It looks like it has a 7s36 movement, which I am still vague on what that is vs. a 26. I see it's 100m/5 Sport but what does that really translate into in late 90s/2000's vintage? I have googled some of these questions but don't understand fully despite what I read.

That's a very attractive watch so I don't mean disrespect, just trying to learn. Apologies if the wrong sub-forum. I sea the "Sea-Urchin" nickname but don't quite get what it defines.
My understanding is that it is the particular model you see in the picture above

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That's a very attractive watch so I don't mean disrespect, just trying to learn. Apologies if the wrong sub-forum. I sea the "Sea-Urchin" nickname but don't quite get what it defines.
It is the models with thist particular dial and bezel style. You have different color variants but they are all nick named sea urchin. Who picked the nick name and why they are called sea urchin i wouldnt know, these nick names are often arbritrary. Perhaps it was because of the spikey bezel markers from 0 to 20.

 

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Unff, that's gorgeous.

I have this in the mail. It's not truly seiko, but with the 2019 limited priced at $3,000, and the 2020 mass version at $1,300, I went with the steeldive homage. I have other true turtles (the 6105 is NOT a turtle, no matter the marketing nonsense), had to try the 6105.

I also have an SRP turtle PADI in the mail, gave in to that temptation. I need to get back to my 7A28 roots, but these new iterations are so tempting at good prices.

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Ha! Haven't been on here in ages, but I just stumbled across this and had to reply...because these were two of my three most recent purchases! Couldn't be happier--the steeldive will be a great everyday beater, and I am currently wearing the PADI. I love it more every time I put it on; photos really don't do that dial justice.
 

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Seiko Bell-Matic 4006-7000 from the very first month of production,November 1966


With the Dolphin caseback that was only used in November



Still cant believe I got it,my first purchase on Yahoo Auctions,my second Bell-Matic,will do a more detailed post on it over on the Bell-matics section.

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I'm still in disbelief that a conversation that began with "Look honey, an AD sent me an offer to buy this at a nice price" ended with her almost immediately saying "your birthday's coming up, go ahead and get it." My wrist is going to look a whole bunch fancier than usual in a few days:

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6139-6001 resist/proof. Non-runner, will need a full overhaul and some cleanup on the hour and minute hands. It’ll also get a better bezel, NOS pushers, and a new domed crystal, presumably without the mysterious blue dot ;-)

At last year’s prices, I overpaid by miles. Next year, this one might seem like a bargain ...

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6139-6001 resist/proof. Non-runner, will need a full overhaul and some cleanup on the hour and minute hands. It’ll also get a better bezel, NOS pushers, and a new domed crystal, presumably without the mysterious blue dot ;-)

At last year’s prices, I overpaid by miles. Next year, this one might seem like a bargain ...

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Great find, will be a real stunner after some cleanup. I am curious how much did it go for? I managed to get one for under 700 Eur and keep telling myself I got a good deal as those regularly sell for twice that much, but in reality it hardly matters as I honestly doubt I would ever sell it.
 

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I am a self professed "New Turtle addict" (OK OK Cushion Case) so when I could steal this one for $250 practically unworn with case back sticker I jumped on it.
SRPE03 King Turtle with ceramic insert, new waffle dial, and sapphire with cyclops (polarizing but to my liking in this iteration it just works)
Gold color sweeper matches DIVER'S 200m text perfectly for the ultimate touch

Borrowed Picture because it is so darn gorgeous:
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