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    1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    Is this watch worth fixing? I paid nothing for this vintage Seiko 6119. The crystal was so scratched that it looked frosted. After having it buffed out I discovered that it has some mechanical issues which I was quoted $140 to fix. The overall look is great even though it has some, ahem, character. Any insight is appreciated.
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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    Well, if you really like it, it's worth it, but you can buy a brand new Seiko 5 for about half that online. It won't be vintage, but it'll

    probably last a long time. Incidentally, this has kind of a cool looking band... The unfortunate fact is, its just as much labor

    for a watchmaker to repair this as it is a very expensive watch, so they charge accordingly.
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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    It's a nice watch, but I wouldn't pay 140 to fix. Should be able to pick up a decent working vintage 5 on ebay for a good bit less.....and yea.....keep the band. Just one opinion.
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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    Thank you for the information. I think I am leaning towards getting it repaired. I appreciate your help.

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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    For me the important question is if you really like the watch. If you do, you should have it repaired. Even if it's not worth it in terms of it's value. If it gives you pleasure wearing it, go for it.

    Just for curiosity, the "mechanical issues" are that relevant to have a bill of 140?
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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    Looks stainless and with protected crown too. 140$ is nothing to have such an unbeatable beater
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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    Have a look on ebay for a seiko with a 6119 movement and swap them.
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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    I really don't think you can go wrong either way. I like Seiko 5s. I got a really nice 6119 for 5 dollars at estate sale. Perhaps I was lucky but in checking ebay they are available at not great expense. Now mine runs great but I have no idea when it was last serviced and would probably cost me 150 if and when I might need it serviced. So if your repair also includes a full service and you intend to wear the watch regularly and you really like it, that 140 sounds fine. Again that is assuming you are getting a full service along with repairs.
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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    150 just for a service?!?
    It's not all bad to live in a "poor" country. Here in Portugal I usually pay something like 60/70 euros for a service, not including any parts that need replacing. For an automatic movement (the last one was my Certina DS2)!! For an handwind watch I pay even less.

    And I'm talking about high quality work, done by a very good professional, because I could get it done for less (but, in my opinion, not recomendable for a good watch).

    Ok, my best watches are only handwind Zenith's, Certina DS Automatic's, Enicar Automatic (I have more but not so good). But still I think these are watches very "comparable" to this Seiko in terms of quality and complexity.
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    Re: 1970s Seiko 5 automatic

    Now that gives me another great idea. I would love to visit Portugal. It would be worth the price of a plane flight to bring my 30 or so watches over there and have them serviced while vacationing. In my part of the world, it is at least 150 dollars for full service on a manual wind and 200-250 for automatic and more if needs other maintainance like mainspring replacement etc.
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