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    Thinking of buying a diver to restore...

    Good day to all. I love restoring old vintage pieces but so far all movement i have dealt with were running ones. More to the point i have my eye on an older Seiko diver in eBay to restore but in this case the movement is not running. The seller specifically says on the ad that "the movement does not run, the balance wheel moves freely".

    I am no expert but from what i understand the balance spring might be messed up. From the photos i can see that the movement is not missing any parts (spring is there).

    So, any thoughts? My problem is that if the movement needs more than a balance spring/wheel combo it might not be worth it, its a 7002 by the way.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Thinking of buying a diver to restore...

    Could you share pics or the ebay link?

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    Re: Thinking of buying a diver to restore...

    If you want to know why the watch is not running, I doubt anyone can diagnose from the information provided in the listing.

    If you are concerned about monetary risk...and wish to have some guarantee of getting your money back or knowing that you will not spend more than the watch is worth, you have to ask yourself, "what can I get if I part it out...and how long am I willing to wait to sell them?"

    Seiko...60Euros and requires service? Seems the margin is already very thin. Almost all of these old Seikos have badly worn barrels and/or upper barrel arbor bushings.

    There is risk in every eBay purchase...what is your risk tolerance...?

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    Re: Thinking of buying a diver to restore...

    I guess my question is "What are you trying to restore?"

    I don't know these movements from a bar of soap (well actually I think I could tell the difference between those two) but the pic seems to show a rotor that is pretty lose and has been rubbing on the movement

    • Dial/Hands/Bezel insert: Aftermarket - Not original anyway so what are you restoring??
    • Screw thread crown: ± 1 turn only! - More problems

    Good luck with that!

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    Re: Thinking of buying a diver to restore...

    Thank you for all replies. Well to be honest today i had one more look at the ad and noticed the ± 1 turn only of the crown (which i had missed) and that was it, a definite no-deal for me.

    The basic idea would be to end up with a functioning movement in good enough condition with a case which i would try to polish myself (after practicing elsewhere). As for the dial+hands eventually i would manage to find original ones, no rush in that.

    Anyway case closed, for me at least.

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