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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    Hello and congrats on picking up the 173! Its a fine looking watch and really has that cool vintage look to it. You are so right about the hands and dials on all of these models. To answer your question on the Pepsi bezel, I had an original SKX009 bezel from a broken watch which I popped on to the 173 when I bought it. Here is a pic before the mod.
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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDuke View Post
    Hello and congrats on picking up the 173! Its a fine looking watch and really has that cool vintage look to it. You are so right about the hands and dials on all of these models. To answer your question on the Pepsi bezel, I had an original SKX009 bezel from a broken watch which I popped on to the 173 when I bought it. Here is a pic before the mod.
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    Very Cool!
    I have seen a number of hit and miss stories about getting aftermarket bezels not clicking properly. Awesome that you were able to use OEM parts.

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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDuke View Post
    Hey man, maybe this pic of a 6309-7040 can help you out!
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    Hmmm, with AM dial, hands and insert.

    An all original,

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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    The OP shown to know a little of the Seiko model jumping from the 6309 7040 to the skx, you wrote a long post not mentioning the model that actually started this iconic case design and now.........

    ... you know it all?


    Thanks a lot to post one of the extremely rare pic of a 100% original 6309 7040, now I know what we are we talking about, my life got a boost

    Have a nice w end


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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeMorgan View Post
    The OP shown to know a little of the Seiko model jumping from the 6309 7040 to the skx, you wrote a long post not mentioning the model that actually started this iconic case design and now.........

    ... you know it all?


    Thanks a lot to post one of the extremely rare pic of a 100% original 6309 7040, now I know what we are we talking about, my life got a boost

    Have a nice w end
    You're justed pissed that you had to eat your words after your smug post. Next time read the the title before opening your trap. Im done with you

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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDuke View Post
    You're justed pissed that you had to eat your words after your smug post. Next time read the the title before opening your trap. Im done with you
    Have again a nice w end, relax and take some time to study the Seiko models


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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    That black dial is beautiful and I really like the hands.

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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    I've always preferred the 173 to the 007; I suspect their bargain price has something to do with their visual similarity to the 7002s, which are sort of the red-headed stepchildren of heritage Seiko divers.

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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    Quote Originally Posted by MattMonks123 View Post
    I've always preferred the 173 to the 007; I suspect their bargain price has something to do with their visual similarity to the 7002s, which are sort of the red-headed stepchildren of heritage Seiko divers.
    Is it the case shape that makes the 7002s unappealing?
    I naively began this thread comparing the similarities of the the dial and hands across Seiko divers but I recognize that some purists shy away from both the 7002 and the 6309 7029.

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    Re: SKX173 an updated 6309-7040/9

    I have all of the above mentioned watches except the 7002. If you like the look of the 6309-7290, the SKX173 is almost a duplicate. The SKX173 is a N. American market version of the SKX007. Yes there are a hundred differences between the 6309-7290 and SKX173, most of them under the hood. From 3 feet you will have to be a true Seiko nut to even notice. I have both and there is no noticeable difference in how they wear or feel. The 6309 might be a touch heavier. I can definitely feel the difference between my 6309 and SRP turtles.

    My opinion only about the 7002. The 7002 movement started the move to full machine made, not touched by a human. The whole watch was made in factories not in Japan. It started the trend in manufacturing and takes the brunt of the hate for moving offshore by Seiko. It was reported to be full of plastic parts and no good. Someone did a tear down and compared it to a 6309 and 7S26. The 7002 had the fewer plastic parts than the 7S26. There are a lot of 7002 divers that have more corrosion on sealing surfaces than 6309s or SKXs. For me, I like the Day on my watches and the 7002 doesn't have it.

    I like my older generation watches but when it comes time to hit the beach, I grab one of my newer generations. My SKX173 gets the most beach time. I just don't want to risk my older watches. My 6309 has gotten plenty of time in the water. I got it when I was 16. It has earned its scars.

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