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    Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    Hello everyone,

    I recently bought this vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz from an antiquity shop for 40$. The watch is in a medium to good shape (according to my standards), but the battery isn't working. I'm planning on bringing it to a watchmaker...shall I go to a local shop (like Sears) or to a jeweller?

    I'm also wondering if both the gasket and crystal can be changed. I would greatly like to wear it feom time to time. Also, I readed somewhere that in order to adjust the minute on those Seastar (from the 70s), you have to push the crown down...am I right?

    One last thing, can someone recommend me some products to polish and remove the rust from the watch?

    As always, thank you.

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    Re: Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    Nice looking watch. Yes take it to a reputable watch repair shop. If the old battery hasn't leaked they should be able to replace it with a new one and replace the case seal too. Regarding the crystal I think finding a new one of that shape will be difficult. A watch repair shop can just polish the old one and polish the case and bracelet as needed and show you how to set the time and date once it is running with a new battery.
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    Re: Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    I had the battery changed...running like new. I knew the crystal could be polished, but would it be that difficult to change it...since that it is cracked and missing a little piece. For the info, the movement is in perfects shape (no rust and still plated)


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    Re: Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    That really is a neat case.

    Regarding a crystal you may want to contact a good watch repair shop that works a lot with vintage watches. They may have a source for an original crystal. Otherwise these folks might have an aftermarket one to fit.

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    Re: Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    That's a nice looking piece. Take it to a Jeweller who specialises in vintage repairs and they might be able to sort the crystal out for you.

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    Re: Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    Quick update...the new battery died only 2 hours after the remplacement. Strange thing, The watchmaker and I tried out every battery before changing it. The watch was working perfectly tho. I guess that I might have a problem with the movement...


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    Re: Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    May also be a dirty battery contact problem.

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    Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    I went to the watchmaker again today. We checked the battery and it wasn't the problem. He [the watchmaker] took and in depth look at the watch...it's running fine for now. Let's hope for the best.


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    Re: Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    Cool find. Hope the watch stays running longer this time. Keep us updated on the crystal situation.
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    Re: Vintage Tissot Seastar Quartz

    The battery will check out fine. But the contacts may not be tight against the cell or may be dirty.

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