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    Saving a Seiko

    Disclaimer: My version of saving may not be your version of saving, peace.
    (before and after below).

    This manual wind Seiko started a new life as an under $20 shipped purchase off of ebay, it was a wreck. These silver planted dial Seiko's are easy to find usually with poor dials and cheap. I believe this one was built in 1969 and has a stainless case and the 6602b movement.

    The sellers listed this one as running but the sellers version of running may not be my version of running, peace.

    After a good scrub and oil the movement ran like crap! low amplitude, erratic and with 3~4 milliseconds of beat error. After much fussing it came down to a bad balance cock jewel, I found a replacement from of all things a Caravelle pocket watch parts machine, I dropped it in and the movement now runs beautifully.

    I made a new iconography dial for it (it's an acquired taste) and put on a second hand off of another parts watch. These late 60's ~ late 70's 6602b movement Seiko's are a nice size at around 36mm are thin, light and wear very nicely.

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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    Awesome. Nice job


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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    Ermm, I'm lost for words . . . . couldn't you have sourced a replacement dial to keep originality? I think you will find that it is important here.

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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    Quote Originally Posted by v8chrono View Post
    Ermm, I'm lost for words . . . . couldn't you have sourced a replacement dial to keep originality? I think you will find that it is important here.
    Well I did look and the only way I've found to get a good dial is to buy one already attached to a good watch + the fact that I really did had fun designing the dial.

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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    You can do whatever you want with it. It is your watch.
    Good result project. Do you have the movement pictures?
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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    As most here like to see watches original, I think for a $20 Seiko, you did a pretty cool job on it.
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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    The new dial looks like something out of an LSD trip, with the symbols being right up the late George Harrison's alley.
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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    That's awesome!!
    Great job on the dial!
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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    The new dial looks like something out of an LSD trip, with the symbols being right up the late George Harrison's alley.
    Yes the George Harrison song "My Sweet Lord" would be appropriate for this allegory, thanks for getting it.

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    Re: Saving a Seiko

    Quote Originally Posted by tmessenger View Post
    Well I did look and the only way I've found to get a good dial is to buy one already attached to a good watch + the fact that I really did had fun designing the dial.

    tm
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    I love how it turned out! Nice job and enjoy!

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