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    Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    So… I was driving home from a business trip today and, needing to pee, stopped at an indoor flea market. Wandered around, and came across this little beauty. 1973 Bell-Matic, on the original integrated bracelet! Started up with a few shakes and the alarm worked, as did the quickset date change. Decided it was worth risking 50 bucks on.


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    Got it home, looked at the movement (which GLEAMED), sized the bracelet (and this thing will need a GOOD cleaning, you wouldn’t believe the grot that came out of the bracelet links). Not terrible numbers on the timegrapher, (within 30+/day and OK amplitude, but pretty large beat error, so it’ll need a service I think).


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    I hate to think what this watch did to someone to make them take a hacksaw to the caseback though. Seriously, I have no idea what this idiot was thinking. Chunks out of the metal. I’m trying to decide if I should attempt to buff out what I can or just leave it. Its not visible when wearing.

    That poor watch... What were they thinking??

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    Despite the caseback hacking, I’m pretty happy with the purchase. It exudes 1970's coolness!
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    Re: Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    Definitely a cool 70’s Watch. Nice find!

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    Re: Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    Quote Originally Posted by mozo View Post
    I hate to think what this watch did to someone to make them take a hacksaw to the caseback though. Seriously, I have no idea what this idiot was thinking. Chunks out of the metal. I’m trying to decide if I should attempt to buff out what I can or just leave it. Its not visible when wearing.

    That poor watch... What were they thinking??
    I don't think that they were thinking anything. It looks more like a chemical reaction caused by a lot of sweat.
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    Re: Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    Caseback damage like that isn’t unusual on a plated watch. Once the plating is compromised from wear (such as from winding) or scratching then sweat and such can eat into the base metal.
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    Re: Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    I don't think that they were thinking anything. It looks more like a chemical reaction caused by a lot of sweat.
    +1 and base metal case.

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    Re: Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    OP, nice pick up though

    This was the watch that got me into collecting...

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    Re: Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    Sweet find, congrats!

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    Huh, OK. I haven't owned many plated watches, gold isnt really my color. But this thing was so 70s I had to buy it.

    Any suggestions on how to fix it, or at least not let it get worse? Buff it out smooth? Leave it? Or just wait until a broken one comes up cheap in fleabay Nd swap out the case?

    Thanks

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    Re: Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    the only real fix is to fill the holes with metal and replate the surface
    for not letting it get worse you need to protect it from sweat
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    Re: Flea market finds: 1973 Seiko Bell-Matic

    Plenty of donors come up on the bay.You'll have no trouble at all.
    Due to the history of import taxes into America on luxury watches (see 17J vs 27J movements) and American soldiers stationed overseas, you will find a lot of these watches in the Philippines, Vietnam etc.
    Plated however are not as common as the SS cases. If you find a good donor plated case, make sure you get a good look at the inside as well as the climate there is very humid and you might spot a nice plated case but the inside is rubbish due to water ingress and rusted movement on the inside which would really spoil your day when you go to seat the transplant.

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    Huh, OK. I haven't owned many plated watches, gold isnt really my color. But this thing was so 70s I had to buy it.

    Any suggestions on how to fix it, or at least not let it get worse? Buff it out smooth? Leave it? Or just wait until a broken one comes up cheap in fleabay Nd swap out the case?

    Thanks
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