Well I watched eBay for a couple weeks before I found a seller I thought I could trust and the watch that I knew I was interested in.
I purchased this thing on Friday and it just arrived about an hour ago! New Gloucester, ME to Tacoma, WA over the weekend. That's what I call service! via USPS too.
Case/Case Back: Appears original to my untrained eye. The brushing follows the correct pattern on the top side and the bottom side is what you'd expect from a watch from the 70's. Definitely hasn't been buffed. Case back reads, Stainless Steel 6139-6005 Water Resistant around the outer ring, Seiko in the middle, 161805 Japan J at the bottom. Around the lugs there is wear from what I assume would have been the end links on a bracelet. There is no notch on the case at the crown.
Dial/Hands: Dial has some slight discoloring in areas. There appear to be little black spots on the dial in areas, very hard to see. Seiko Automatic, Water70Resist at 9, above the sub-dial there is a 17 J with a little symbol below it. Between 7 and 8 it says Japan 6139, between 4 and 5 it says -6009T. English/Spanish day. Red hands match color and don't look brand new or painted. Hour/Minutes look original as far as I can tell.
Inner Bezel: This appears to be the only real issue that I can tell. It shows that the watch has clearly been opened at some point. The bezel is missing the luminesent triangle at 12 and there is some scratching on the bezel from 1 to 2. It looks like the faded color was scuffed away and there is some darker color showing. Unfortunately sellers photos didn't show this and I didn't ask for anything better. On looking at them now, I can tell the 12 triangle is missing and should have noticed that. Oh well, I'm still happy with the watch over-all :)
Crystal: Needs to be replaced. There are some nicks on the edge and some deeper scratches that probably will not buff right out.
Outer Bezel: The outer bezel has what I would expect for wear and tear. Some scratches around it here and there but 90% intact.
Overall I am pleased with my purchase. I got what I wanted, albeit with a now glaring flaw but I'll live with it. It adds personality. lol That's what I'll tell myself at least. I'd love some feedback on whether the experts think this is original. I get the feeling it is but I'm quite new at determining such a thing. Any feedback on authenticity and possibly dating it would be appreciated.
It did not come with spring bars so any suggestion on where to buy 19mm spring bars and straps would be appreciated. =/
Here are the hasty photos upon arrival as well as the sellers photo of the movement.
Of course the glare makes it impossible to notice the missing triangle. Trust me, it's gone. I'd take a straight on shot of the dial but it's too dark in the office.
Movement: (Sorry for the size, it was small to begin with and Zenfolio blocks originals from public viewing)