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    Seiko 7540-700F FOR 15 DOLLARS!!

    I never expect much when walking into a flea market, as good vintage finds are getting more reclusive in the flea market region. But little did I know that I would find my first seiko diver at one. When the assistant opened the case, I checked the price, and Immediately bought it.

    It does have quite a lot of issues, as the bezel doesn't move at all, the gaskets are old and squeaky, and it is quite beat up. If anyone knows someone/a place where I can affordably get a new crystal and bezel, that would be great.
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    Re: Seiko 7540-700F FOR 15 DOLLARS!!

    I’ve said before that the only things I get from from flea markets are fleas. Looks like you did well though.
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    Re: Seiko 7540-700F FOR 15 DOLLARS!!

    That is a great flea market find!

    Yobokies has the best reproduction bezel insert out there and also has crystals. You can view his products here:

    https://s161.photobucket.com/user/yo...?sort=3&page=1

    You'll have to email him for prices:
    [email protected]

    If you need the parts installed I can help. I also have the gaskets in stock.

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    Re: Seiko 7540-700F FOR 15 DOLLARS!!

    Nice score

    First thing first, Dump those spring bars and get the correct Seiko fattie bars. Judging by the part of the bottom spring bar showing, the bar is a cheapy bar that will fail.

    If it was my watch, i would leave the bezel and crystal alone. It has that appealing tool watch look to it.

    The bezel probably needs a new gasket and I am pretty sure it has 30 years of mung/crap under it.
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    Re: Seiko 7540-700F FOR 15 DOLLARS!!

    That's a nice watch. Congratulations.

    I think the correct case number is 7548-700F. If so, the case is the same as 6309-7020. You should be able to get crystal and bezel insert that would fit the 6309.

    You can go to cousins.uk to look up part numbers.

    A frozen, stuck bezel is actually good news because that click ball may still be there. Look up the subject on repairing/replacing the 6309 click mechanism before you take the bezel off the watch. Also the crystal is not a simple press fit, look into that before buying a new one.
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    7548, DONT replace any hardware other than seals and perhaps the crystal but it will polish out. The ongoing value with these is age patina. Have it serviced by a competent Seiko person and it will look superb.

    PS get rid of the NATO and fit an Uncle Seiko Z199.

    Replacing the original parts WILL devalue it.
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    Re: Seiko 7540-700F FOR 15 DOLLARS!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DonJ53 View Post
    7548, DONT replace any hardware other than seals and perhaps the crystal but it will polish out. The ongoing value with these is age patina. Have it serviced by a competent Seiko person and it will look superb.

    PS get rid of the NATO and fit an Uncle Seiko Z199.

    Replacing the original parts WILL devalue it.
    I'd agree with you on the US Z199 but would have to agree to disagree about patina. Some of us wouldn't care to wear an old battered watch and the value of anything I've restored has done nothing but increase, proven by actual sales after restoration...........:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    Nice score

    First thing first, Dump those spring bars and get the correct Seiko fattie bars. Judging by the part of the bottom spring bar showing, the bar is a cheapy bar that will fail.

    If it was my watch, i would leave the bezel and crystal alone. It has that appealing tool watch look to it.

    The bezel probably needs a new gasket and I am pretty sure it has 30 years of mung/crap under it.

    About the spring bars... I am on vacation, so I do not have any spare spring bars with me... so those are paperclips 🙃

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    Re: Seiko 7540-700F FOR 15 DOLLARS!!

    Missed opportunity. Could've haggled for $10 out the door lol

    Congrats on finding this lovely diver!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6R15 View Post
    Missed opportunity. Could've haggled for $10 out the door lol

    Congrats on finding this lovely diver!
    Believe me, I tried lol

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