Hello and welcome to my Retro Seiko Collection. On this page you will see all of my collection which is forever growing and being added to this page. I am an avid collector of Seiko because of their unique designs they made in the seventies and into the eighties. All are powered by very robust automatic movements that have served these watches well for many years. Nearly all of these Seiko’s are over 40 years old and many had never had a service until they came into my collection where I will generally service them as they come in. There are a few exceptions to this but as I like to tinker with watch movements I get perhaps more enjoyment out of fixing and restoring watches than anything else. Many come to me not working and really beaten up cases. I will restore cases and bracelets as best of my ability to factory finish. Restoration is not for every watch collector but with Seikos in the state they come to me they have to be saved for the future. Please browse the page enjoy the content, I have done writeups for all watches and included many photos or before and after. Have a question? then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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This watch is what started my journey into restoration. I purchased in poor condition and with a broken crystal. It did not have its original bracelet either. That would take another two months to source.
I spent a long time re-polishing the sides and ground the top face to original factory finish. Even to date after doing many watches after, this one still remains to be the most dirty of watches in its purchased state. See photos in photo roll.
I love the crazy retro design on this one, so typical 70s. This Seiko dates from May 1976 and is practically in new condition. I had to do very little to this one. Some light refinish to the case top and polished the crystal. It clearly had some very careful previous owners.
This Seiko 7019-5090 was an amazing find. To think I almost did not buy this one. It is now one of my most favourite watches. Again this watch I have done no restoration to. You see it in the condition I purchased. It dates from January 1978 and there is barely a mark on it. The sunburst blue dial and silver minute ring are perfect. The blue dial colour changes to the light conditions its in.
Wonderful and a definite keeper.
This Seiko 6106-5467 was a lucky find. It is a DX version which adds hacking to the complication of the watch. I bought this one for little money and it was missing the crown. I could see plenty of potential though and this was confirmed when I removed the watch from the case. That dial is stunning.
I replaced the crystal and did a full restoration on the case and bracelet. High polished sides and brushed finish on the top.
This watch remains one of my favourites.
This Seiko 6119-5440 is about as retro as it gets. Crazy shaped case and hypnotic dial. The date on this one is April 1973. Powered by my favourite 6119 movement. Bought as a non runner but all it needed was a clean and service to get it back up and running. This is why I love the 6119, so easy to work on, simple yet well designed.
I quick polish of the case and bracelet and it is ready for another 40 years of service.
The Seiko 6106-5470 dates to March 1972. It has a very unusual design that it not to everyone’s taste. These are quite a rare watch that can command a higher price than some of my other Seiko’s. I bought this reasonable condition but it needed a lot of work to remove the scratches from the case. The 6106 movement was good as was the crystal. However the dial was poor which is a shame as replacement dials are near impossible to find.
Case was a labour of love to get restored and I am still not completely satisfied with it. High polished sides and ground sloped faces. It was the slopes that took a long time to get right. A nice addition to the collection but ultimately I would like a better condition one in the collection. Before and after shots in the slideshow.
This TV shaped dial Seiko was a good find for me. Dating from October 1971. It was in poor condition when I bought it but as hoped under the bad crystal was an almost unmarked beautiful dial. I especially like the day date separation windows which is an unusual feature.
To restore It needed a new crystal and a full case & bracelet restoration. I am still to finish this to original specification as the top and bottom angle should be ground to suit the original finish.
I have not serviced this watch and can see no service marks within the caseback yet its running extremely well for its age.
This is my first birth year watch dating from 1972 and one of the first retro watches I bought and subsequently restored. I spent hours with wet & dry paper removing all the heavy scratches. It all turned out well in the end and a replacement crystal finished the look. This watch looks much better on the wrist.
You can see one image in the carousel in the condition before I worked on it.
The Seiko 7019-5010 is quite a popular retro watch and I see these come up for sale quite regularly. A solid 7019 movement but this watch was not without its problems as it would not keep good time. Cosmetically I have done very little to it but underneath I had to clean the movement and reset the hands a number of times before it would run properly.
It still has a very sensitive crown suggesting that perhaps all is not as it should be but I am unable to diagnose this issue due to lack of experience
This watch was for part of a challenge on a watch forum I use, we had to take a non runner and get it working and restore as much as possible. I ended up doing two! the other is on this page as a 6119-5490.
The watch dates from 1976 and just needed a good clean of the movement and calendar works & service to get it working again. I really enjoyed restoring the case because there are multiple finishes and angles. It is hard to polish and keep the sharp edges and corners but I would like to think I did a good job. A new crystal finished the look. Bracelet was a spare I had and actually started life as a gold plated one. I stripped & refinished with high polished centre links.
This was a very interesting project. Bought to do some video demonstrations on restoring the crystal and case. Sadly I deleted the case video by accident.
This Seiko as you can see was a wreck when purchased and one of the cheapest watches I have bought. It was running though and I know that under the gold coloured plating I could strip back to the brass base metal and make look like new. The finished watch as a sensation as it was much better than expected. It demonstrates what can be done with some thought and time.
This Seiko 7006-5000 was a lucky find. It came in its original box and without a mark on it. I think it must have been part of someones collection for many years. A really nice addition to my collection and a watch that gets worn regularly.
It has all its original finishes and has never been polished.
This is the last in my collection of 7006-5000 I have the complete set of different colours. I was given this watch by a fellow enthusiast on Wrist Sushi watch forum after he won it in a prise and thought it suited my collection better. I am yet to work in this watch. It will need a service and re-luming of the hands to complete.
This 6119-5490 was restored for a competition on Wrist Sushi forum and was my first proper go at getting a non running movement working again. I achieved that and then did the case restoration. Sadly the dial was quite damaged on this one but after wearing for some time I now really like the patina. It has a Roman numeral day wheel also which shows Sunday as a red square which is a really nice touch. Very happy with how this one finished.
This retro shaped watch was donated to me by a fellow enthusiast who thought this was better suited in my collection than his (Thanks Nick)
I have done no work to this as it runs beautifully. I is missing its original bracelet which is proving to be very hard to find. That said the blue leather strap complements the dial very well.
I bought this interesting retro watch for pennies. I have included the original eBay image in the carousel so show the condition. The reason to purchase was to maybe salvage parts and to practice restoring. Once started though I had to take back to original as the dial was in perfect condition. A new crystal was fitted and I stripped the gold coloured plating off as it was flaking and ground the top face to produce the machining lines what would have been on the original.
Although it rarely gets worn I like it just for the sense of achievement of what can be done with a watch
This 6319-5000 Seiko shares all the same characteristics of the 6119-5400. The main difference is the movement and the 6139’s crown does not sit flush with the case. Spurred on by the success of restoring the 6119 when this came up for sale I jumped on it and planned to sell on. I never got round to listing and now they sit next to each other in the watch box like twins. Pretty cool and very retro style.
You can see in the photos the worn condition this was in however someone had loved it as the caseback was full of service marks.
This Seiko 6309-5320 has been a big project. bought as a collection of three wrecked watches this was the last one to restore. The movement did not run and was full of water ingress that had rusted the parts. I managed to tare down the movement and rebuild using another donor watches movement of a 6319. Both movements are similar only the 6319 has a jewelled top plate for the train wheels. I successfully managed to get the watch running again using parts from both movements. I then tried my hand at re-luming the dial and hands. This was my first attempt at this and I am very pleased I managed to do this successfully.
The Seiko SNZH53 is the blue dialled version of this range and I think the best colour choice. This is a new watch but shares allot of characteristics of the retro 70s Seikos with its minute markers. This is one of my only diver style watches but with the lack of a screw down crown is not a true diver. Lovely automatic movement with display back and I have taken it off its original bracelet and put on a double weave mesh from WatchGecko.
This is a Seiko 6319-508A from 1979, bought for as little as lunch money I could see potential past the badly scratched crystal so bought it with a view to sell. Once I had polished the case a bit and replaced the crystal the watch was looking a lot better. I found a 10mm lug bracelet I had from a parts watch and put on this watch to finish the look. Now on the wrist I think it looks fantastic.
Another Seiko 5431 that started its life as a gold plated model. I bought this for lunch money and intended to use parts from the 6119 movement on my other 5431 however I didn’t use any parts so cleaned this one up for the sake of it. It was my first restore back to brass watch and found that I needed to spray with clear coat to prevent tarnish. This was also the first watch movement I took apart. I really don’t wear this but its worth displaying here to demonstrate what can be achieved from such a strap watch.
This Seiko 6119-7083 was bought just for practice as I paid very little for it. As you can see by the condition in the photos this also had lost all its plating. As much as I like the dial design I was not too happy with the end result of the case. This will be sold or I will find a replacement case / use for parts.
I won this on eBay for £10.00 bought as a non runner. The watch is immaculate in condition but missing the original bracelet so I put it on a mesh for a contrasting look. To fix I replaced the barrel as there is a fault with the original that I have not diagnosed but as I had a spare it was easier to swap over.
For the money I paid I think I have done very well with this one.
I bought this Seiko 6309-6220 in a job lot of non runners it looked to be retro enough for my tastes. Getting it to run was a pain, it needed a click, ratchet wheel and an escape to bring it back to life. After cleaning and rebuilding it now is keeping exceptional time. It still requires a new crystal but these are very rare to find so for now it will stay with the original. I did however restore the case as you can see in the photos.
Here is my Seiko 6309-8070 that I have fully restored from a non running watch. Absolutely love the design of this one and was quite a challenge. I had to refinish the case back to highly polished, replace the crystal and fit a 6309 movement. When it arrived it had a 6119 movement and the wrong day / date wheels. I was fortunate to find a donor that was used for the parts. Serviced the movement and now its looking and running fantastic. Topped it off with a re-lume of the hands to complete the look.
This is my Seiko 7009-5008 and what a stunning piece this is. The two tone striped dial comes to life in different lights sometimes looking a solid electric blue and sometimes the wonderful stripes. A real showstopper in my retro collection. This watch as kindly donated to my collection from a fellow watch enthusiast (Peter I thank you sir) I am spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing which to wear in the mornings but my eyes are always drawn to this one!
I am really proud of what I have achieved with this Seiko 7019-5110. Dates from 1977 and has an amazing retro design to it. I bought as a non running watch on a poor photo so was surprised when it turned up because under the badly marked crystal was a perfect dial. However this watch had many problems from a non moving crown (I could not get to the movement!) Once I did get to the movement well fraught with issues all the way to removing links from the aftermarket bracelet! It was a battle that I am glad to say I was victorious in. My persistence paid off and what you can see in the pictures is a stunning watch!
This Seiko was an after thought as it came with a bunch of non runners and I was not after this one. Once I found time to look at it I found it was easy enough to get running again but the crystal is hardlex and there is no replacement I can find. I have for the first time used diamond lapping paste to make the crystal better. Not easy to remove any scratches but I have improved somewhat.
Once finished and on the wrist I quite like this piece.
What is not to like about this Seiko 6319-7000 from 1977. This has been a project that has taken over a month to complete due to issues within the movement leaving me to seek a donor 6319 for spare parts (watch was a non runner). The blue dial is just wonderful and has a texture to it that you can see in different lights. Gold accents on the markers at 12,6,9 accompanied by those gold hands. I refinished the case which looks better than the photos here as it was a frosty morning and I take my photos outside so the case has got some condensation.
I did my best with the hands but the minute hand is badly corroded, however I re-lumed the hands and dial and then matched with this blue leather strap. Overall I am pleased with saving this watch for my collection as I nearly passed it off as one for spare parts!
This Seiko 6309-6100 I had wanted for a while as I liked the idea of a hexagonal case. The green dial was very interesting too. As per usual I bought as a non runner and soon fixed the movement and serviced. The case work took quite some effort as the shape was difficult but also the sides are also angled which made it tricky to keep the shape. I learned allot on restoring this case and actually devised a new technique for myself.
This Seiko 6119-8095 is a watch I restored for my Fathers Christmas present in 2017. he has never had an automatic watch. As per the usual for me it came as a broken non runner. I cleaned and serviced the movement and soon it was running again. The case had a complete restoration and polish too. The dial needed some work, I cleaned with renata installed a replacement chrome date surround and installed a donor second hand which was missing on the original. finished it with a new acrylic crystal and a calves leather strap. My father loved it and for me it was almost hard to part with as I liked the finished watch so much. Pretty good for a watch produced in April 1971!
I loved restoring this Seiko 6119-7460. I was tasked with this challenge by a member of my Facebook group (Retro & vintage watches & Restorations) It was a non runner and in need of a complete overhaul. Once the caseback was removed I soon realised why this was not running. Someone, presumably a previous owner had literally poured oil all the way through the movement in the hope that would get it working again. Sadly it did’t and left me with hours of work but eventually it ran again and ran very well. I then cleaned the dial and replaced the crystal with an aftermarket one which was hard to source. Highly polished the bezel and brushed finish re-applied to the case top. Sides were polished and then bracelet refinished. The end result was staggering even for me. I was very pleased and so was the customer! I have now managed to obtain another one for restoration for my own personal collection.
This is a great Seiko from 1979. They made this square case design in gold plated also which I have a few on this page. They also used 6309,6119,6139 & 6106 Movement variations. I would estimate they did this case design for near on 10 years as I have one from 1971 and this from 1979.
A fairly simple restoration on this one but an enjoyable one nether the less. A simple service on the movement to get it running well again (it was a non runner) and then some casework to put the ground lines back on the case top using some p80 emery cloth.
I really enjoy the look of these and have some more variants to do as I will have the full set of dial colours and movements when completed.
This is my Seiko 7019-5010 Actus with a green dial. I already have the 5 Version of this in a different dial colour further up the page. I bought this one from a member and now one of the moderators in the Facebook group. All the way from the Philippines. Watch was restored and serviced over there. A wonderful addition to the collection.
Here is my Seiko 6309-5130. Another wreck of a watch to start but the end reward was worth all the work involved. This was part of a job lot of non runners I bought and as I had already done a hexagonal case this left me with some experience on how to tackle the restoration. I first of all stripped the movement down and as you can see from the photos this was an extremely dirty movement full of a sand like substance. It took allot of cleaning in the ultrasonic before I could rebuild. Once rebuilt and regulated I turned my attention to the case, I probably put in 3-4 hours to get it back to what you can see, bracelet another hour.. I then decided to attempt to repaint the hands. I stripped the old lume off and painted with model paint. In the photo it looks less than perfect but without magnification using the naked eye I think its fine. I lumed them after to complete the watch along with fitting a new of stock crystal. Very happy with the outcome on this one.
Here we have a Seiko 6119-6023 from April of 1971. This is not my watch but one I was asked to restore by a friend of mine. These are lovely watches, nice big size with some quite cool features. Firstly is has a very thick hardlex crystal on it. It needed replacing and I could not find the exact one but I was still able to source a genuine Seiko old stock crystal to fit. From memory 2mm thinner. (still thick – see photos)
Watch was a non runner and was missing many screws inside the movement. Someone had attempted a fix but is was very poor indeed. As this was a 6119 and one of my favourite movements to service I was able to get it running once more. I also had to source an original bracelet for it which was not easy. I found a Seiko bracelet of the right period which completed the look.
Watch has an inner rotating bezel which is operated by the crown . very nice feature indeed.
This Seiko 6106-8680 is from October 1975. I had fun with this one as it came in a 3 watch lot that I bought purely for parts. when I looked at this one despite the slight damage to the dial I did like the colour. It turned into a big project! the movement was a real pain to get going and required some thought as the train wheels were not right. I was able to use one from a 6119 that fitted.
I then went to refinish the case (which was in a very bad state) and broke the bezel ring that held in the crystal. I was very annoyed by this. After a few months and by chance I saw the same watch but in an even poorer state for sale on ebay in the Philippines. I bought it for $10 with another junk Seiko. 3 week later and it arrived, this time I carefully removed the bezel and polished it up. I found a Sternkruez crystal replacement with a bezelled edge and fitted.
Sometimes I ask myself why on earth do I do this!
What a watch this is and possibly the star of my Seiko retro collection. This Seiko 6106-7690 dates at November 1974. It is part of the Actus range SS. Boasts a high jewel count of 25, the highest of all my watches. I bought this in a job lot of Seiko’s of which many are now running which in turn makes this watch so much sweeter because I paid little for them.
I have serviced the movement as it was running really badly and now its keeping good time. Watch as an incredible iridescent dial with texture and finished with a really thick faceted crystal. This watch at the time of manufacture was a more mid to high range Seiko hence all the extra detail. Look at the bracelet design, each link is solid stainless steel which is high polished on the sides and ground on the tops. Angular case all highly polished. The day wheel boasts Japanese and English to which I actually prefer the Japanese. It could benefit from a new crystal but as they are so rare I think I would be lucky to ever find a NOS one.
Overall a truely stunning example of a high end retro Seiko. I will treasure this one.
This is a Seiko 6119-5500 from October 1974 and it came out of a joblot of Seikos I bought cheap and have been working though. I have restored 3 automatics and 2 digital so far.
As you can see in the photos this one came badly damaged, the crystal was broken and corrosion had started to eat parts of inside of the case and mainplate of movement. That said the watch was running which is always encouraging. I stripped the movement down and serviced and it all went together fine in just a few hours. The case required some polishing just to brighten it up a bit. It has ground marks in the case top and I am not able to replicate these so have left well alone. I obtained a genuine NOS acrylic crystal and fitted in place. Matched on a sharkskin strap for now. Lug width is 19mm which is not the easiest to source so I have squeezed a 20mm strap between the lugs. I think the finished watch is very nice.
This is a nice addition to the collection a Seiko 6119-5450 from 1974. This was gifted to me my a friend in my FB group all the way from the Philippines. It was not running and in a poor state. The case is cracked where clearly the caseback was once seized on it and its been forcibly opened. Movement was in good shape despite this so I serviced this without a problem. I then turned my attention to the case and bracelet. The bracelet was stuck to the case with years of dirt and rust, I had to first of all use a 0.75mm drill in a pin vice by hand to drill out the ends of the springbars as they would not move! first side came off after about 1/2 hour but the second was giving me allot of trouble, eventually I was able to poke it out and found that it was actually a paperclip! someone had not got the right springbar and thought to use a paperclip!
I refinished the case to a high polished finish and this actually masked somewhat the cracks. The bracelet I brushed finished. Once back on the wrist I actually quite like it as it wears better than I thought it would.
Another good save on this one I feel.
I had been after one of these Seiko 6119-5460 for a long time but they seem to sell for decent money and I wanted a fixer upper. I found this one without a strap in the Philippines via eBay. This one is a 1974 model. It needed serious work from fixing and servicing the movement to a complete case overhaul. The case was not easy as there are many angled faces with brushed and polished finishes alike. Finding a genuine correct bracelet would prove to be very tricky indeed however once again another of my contacts also in the Philippines came through with the correct one. Now all finished its one I go to allot, I love hexagon shaped watches and this two tone green dial is awesome!
This Seiko 7009-3040 came in the job lot I bought so was just another project that had to be fixed. It actually ran quite well but I gave it a service anyway. restored all the case which came up really nice I have to say. I had to use an after market bevelled crystal which honestly makes the watch look 100% better. Its quite dressy and less retro but I do wear this one often.
This was an impulse buy at a watch fair. I found it in a rummage box and paid £10.00 for it, it did not have a bracelet to go with it but I like the 6319 and have also restored the 6309 (green) version of this on this page above. I also had a poor blue version in my parts bin so swapped over the best bits to create one good watch. I have to say I rarely wear it. Not sure why. I do like to have these in the collection however. Seiko 6319-6020 from August of 1978. Seiko really did have some interesting designs back then!
This Seiko 6119-5490 came from Australia from a friend of mine in a box full of old Seiko’s. I have a thing for these two tone dials so this one got special treatment comprising of full case restoration, replacement Seiko bracelet also restored. Watch required a good clean and service to get it working as it should. I also re-lumed the hands to complete the look. A really nice watch indeed.
This 7009-5010 was a gift as a way of payment for some work I did for a member of the group. As much as I liked this watch I decided to make it my demonstration piece by restoring half the case and crystal. This would showcase my skills to people I show it to. It shows not only what can be achieved with a bit of work but also what these would have looked like factory fresh. This one dates from June of 1977. A very typical case of its time. I have quite a few very similar ones.
What a nice find this one was. Bought at a watch fair here in the UK for £20.00 with the thought of fixing it to sell on. Fix was a simple one as one of the coils of the hairspring and got caught on another, freeing it brought is all back to life again. I found a complementary grey strap to match and once wearing I decided that for now at least I will keep hold of this one! Seiko 7006-7070 from January 1974.
This is such a lovely Seiko 7025-5010, I have seen others but this one is my favourite. It came in the box from my Australian friend and this was not without allot of problems. Cracked crystal to start with, I did however manage to track down a new old stock one from a contact I have over here. Case needed considerable work but came out so nice and I feel some of my best work to date on this case. Movement was in tatters and required a few donor parts but eventually it swung back to life. Dial was missing its feet so I have had to resort to using dial dots to hold it all in place. So retro looking though and worthy of the save. Dates from 1976
This has got to be one of the best dials I have in my collection. The Seiko 7009-8081 is from February 1976. I could see this one had potential but I didn’t realise how much until it arrived in the post. I won this on eBay for a small amount which made it even sweeter! . It was not running well so I serviced the movement and it then ran very nicely indeed. I refinished the case and bracelet along with a new crystal. It is now a stunner and I think worth 3 times what I paid for it. click this link to read my full blog on this watch. Seiko 7009-8081 Blog
This is a Seiko 7025-5000 that I bought from a watch fair here in the U.K for £20.00 in 2019. There was no bracelet but it looked absolutely mint so I could not resist. It would not run though and even at the fair I took the caseback off to look and it all looked very clean. Once home though I had to investigate further. I removed the automatic framework and train wheel bridge to find the second reduction wheel was missing, this would explain why the rotor was not winding the spring. However I noticed that it was also missing the escape wheel. Clearly someone had been in this watch to scavenge parts from it. Luckily I had a donor that I coudl also harvest parts from to get this one back up and running.
What a stunning Seiko this turned out to be. 7009-8200 from 1977. It was not running and a bit beaten up when it arrived but once I had serviced the movement and refinished the case this watch was able to fully show off its beauty. Someone at Seiko knew what they were doing in the 70s when they designed this dial. Possibly the nicest I have seen on any Seiko in my collection or online.
I have made a full blog post on this watch so if you would like to read this then please click this link.https://myretrowatches.com/seiko-7009-8200/
Watch a project this one was, a lovely example of a 1973 Seiko 7019-7210. Very retro watch with a faceted crystal. This watch like many others came to me with allot of problems, many of which I would not discover until I started the restoration on it. It took many hours of spare time over the course of a week to get this watch to the condition you see it in on the photos. Please click this link to my blog post on this restoration: https://myretrowatches.com/seiko-7019-7210-1973/
This is a Seiko 7005-8040 from 1970. I bought this one from a watch fair with another piece and paid £20.00 for the two. I was taken with the dark mat blue dial and the black marked hour indices. It was a non runner and also not the original bracelet. Opening the back of the case I found that the hairspring was beyond repair as it was completely tangled. I was fortunate to have a donor so I placed that in to test if it worked. I my relief it did so I then stripped down the movement, cleaned and serviced and put it back into service for many years to come.
Here is another watch fair find a Seiko 4336-8100 from I think 1978. Cost all of £10! was beaten up but being quartz I figured a new battery, new crystal and some polishing and this one would be good as new. I was not wrong. I found an aftermarket crystal easily enough, fitted this and a new battery and it was ticking away nicely. I then refinished the case with a polished bezel, brushed top and polished sides. I also did the bracelet to match. Polished centre links and brushed outer. A rare sight is a quartz analog in my collection but this was too good to miss out on as the dial is wonderful.
This Seiko 6106-7710 Advan was an experiment that I nicknamed Rat Watch. It came in a job lot (see photos) and was destined for parts only however after examining it I decided that it would be worth attempting a service on the movement to see if by any remote chance it would run again and if so how good or bad it would. After quite a bit of cleaning and adjustments I brought it back to life again and is now back in service. Not something I will wear particularly but it was a worthy experiment into just how indestructible Seikos are !
I did a short video on this one on my YouTube channel which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c12Dq28cYTs&t=328s
This is a nice example of a Seiko that I think would have been from the Middle Eastern market as it has that look about it plus the Arabic / English day wheel. I bought this in a job lot of mainly ladies watches but I could see this one amongst it and I am a sucker for green dials. When it arrives it was running which considering the state it was in I was surprised. I decided to clean all the case and polish & apply brushing + restore the bracelet a bit. The case came out well with polished sides and brushed top. Crystal is acrylic so no problem there to clean up. I then looked at the movement and found that it had been very recently serviced as there was a perfect blob of oil on the diashock and on the timegrapher machine this watch had very good numbers. On completion the watch is stunning dont you think? just very odd that it would be serviced and discarded????
This is one of my favorites a nice example of a Seiko 7005-7080 all the way from 1973. These are a cushion case model with a cool dial. They came in quite a few colour combos but this burgundy one is my favorite. I found this one on eBay and had to have it. I changed to a matching strap as the one it came on was for a Casio digital watch!!
I have done nothing else with this. It will need servicing at some point but its running well right now.
This watch was a collaboration between My Mate Vince YouTube channel and my own. Vince was trying to fix this watch using my videos as tuition for a eBay challenge between a few other YouTubers in 2019. Vince did really well trying to fix but ultimately failed due to a problem part. I then bought this off him (as per rules of his challenge) and made my own video on what was wrong with it. Now the watch is working perfectly and will stay in the collection as a memento of this collaboration .
If you would like to watch the video here are the links .
Vinces : My Mate Vince
My Video: My Retro Watches
What an epic project this was. This was my first Chronograph watch to service and restore and it took round 6 months, mainly trying to find some rare parts. I received this 6139(B) -7100 nicknamed Seiko Helmet on account of its case shape and size. The watch was in a bad way, rust everywhere and a broken chronograph wheel. I stripped it all down and cleaned all the parts to find I was also missing plenty of screws and a spring. A good friend of mine donated most of the parts and a better dial as a gesture of thanks for what I do in the online watch community. I then found a chrono wheel and put it all together, the build was simple enough but the hands were wrong and all beyond use. I bought some genuine ones but had to paint the chrono hand yellow to make a match. SO much was wrong with this one at the start that I am pleased and relieved that its now back in service and looks epic! I now have a new fondness for these models.
Here is another Seiko Chrono a 6139-6010 from 1969 and a proof caseback version making this the first year of production of Seikos first automatic chronograph watch! I bought this in 2019 after a tip off from a friend that this was on eBay going cheap but needed a lot of work. I bought it and on stripdown found the watch to be absolutely full of oil hence why it was not running. It was also missing the red chrono hand. The Facebook group came to the rescue and a member from the USA kindly donated me a hand, I just had to paint it. The rebuild of the movement was a pleasure and all went well. I can only assume all that oil kept it preserved for all these years. I really struggled with the fitting of the chrono hand though in part because it was from another watch so it did not want to sit at 12 but at 11.58… This is due to the staff it sits on being square and the hand tube round. The staff keys into the round tube to secure it so on fly back of chono the force when coming to a stop keeps the hand in the same place. After broaching the tube slightly and many attempts I finally have got it centred. I absolutely love this watch its a real beauty and still going strong despite being 50 years old!
This is a Seiko 7019-5000 also known as a min Monaco or poor mans Monaco. Lovely piece and had been in my to do pile for nearly a year. Bought the watch at a fair for £20.00 not running. 10 months later as the same watch fair I found a gold one with the correct bracelet but in rough condition for £5.00! this then spurred me on to putting the two together. The service was uneventful and nice and easy. Clean inside as many of these closed case Seikos are. Cleaning the gold plating off the bracelet took a long time and I resorted in using a Dremel and some abrasives to get under it. It was successful although some links near the clasp are not that nice. I refinished the case and polished up the crystal. The finished look is just beautiful so lucky to have found that bracelet too.
This Seiko was a project that spanned 3 months and was restored by my own hands completely for a giveaway to one of my subscribers on my YouTube channel. I filmed every part of the restoration that I could to show what can be done with a bit of knowledge and desire. This 6309-8500 was in a very poor state and dating from 1981. even the bezel was broken. i bought it in a joblot (see photos) and they were all destined for parts. One became “rat watch ” which you can see on this page. When I looked at the 8500 the thought passed my mind that could I, should I? so I did. The lucky winner was AV Cuber from Belgium, a young man with a huge interest in watches which was very pleasing to me to know it was going to a home where it would be appreciated. You always run the risk of a giveaway going to someone who could just sell the watch for the money.
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What a lovely Orient watch this is, picked up at the local watch fair in a broken junk box for little money. I first noticed the facet crystal that was unmarked and that nice almost two tone dial. it was a non runner, crown was hanging out and would not go back in. I stripped it all back for a service and noticed that the quickset day lever was broken so I had to source one of them. Movement is practically the same as a Seiko 7### probably because Seiko own Orient. Once cleaned and rebuilt it ran awful on the timegrapher, three cleaning cycles later and after removing the shock jewel setting and washing separate it finally gave me some better numbers that I could live with. Also needed a new balance as the original just would not run right. Finished watch to me is another stunner and represents that classic 70s look that Japanese watches had in that era.
This is a great watch indeed and extremely retro! This was gifted to me by a friend in Australia after restoring a watch for him. This is a Seiko 6119-9410 from 1970. You can only access the movement from the front. It seems to be working really well however I do have problems with the dial insert (cream part) as it will not completely stay in place so more investigation is needed. Still its a killer watch and part of the diamatic range so definitely a keeper!
This is an absolutely stunning Seiko 6119-7183. the blue of the dial is a wonderful shade, it has separate day / date windows with the day wheel offering English and chinese. Hows the full name of day and not abbreviated like many others. Also has a number on each day to represent the number of the day of the week. I have not seen this in any other models that I own. This watch was very kindly gifted to me by a viewer to my YouTube channel as he thought it would be a nice addition to my collection. This was such a lovely gesture and will always remain in the collection rest assured.
This Seiko 6119-6023 dates at 1974 and had been through the wars, turned out the be an epic project. Bought from a usual seller in the Philippines for $20 it was in a hell of a state, I could see nothing of the dial in the photos but took a chance anyway as the 6023 are a very nice and collectable Seiko. Once arrived I soon realised that the dial was in poor condition, I searched the world for a replacement but could not find any unfortunately. I decided to restore the watch anyway as a challenge. Movement was simple enough, helps that I love the 6119 movement. This one had some issues including a dial shim on top of the barrel seeing as there was so much wear! Anyway some parts were changed but it was soon running well. I then restored the case which was very hard as it was so bad if looked like it had been shotblasted! hours of sanding and polishing brought back the polished sides and ends (helped by lapping) the turned front face I replicated by using scotchbrite in a block moving in an ark. the end result was not perfect but as good as I could get. I then decided to relume the dial, I had not done this before but tried. I also made a video of this for the channel. Link below. once done I was then forced to purchase new hour and minute hands as the old ones could not be saved. New crystal to complete the build. I am very satisfied with this one, although not a good looker due to the dial as a test piece to see how much I could do this turned out to be very satisfying!
Another big restoration, end result is a lovely Seiko 6309-836A. This one I think is either 1976 or 86. Came from my Philippine seller and I figured I could do something with it. This model is very collectable as it has that diver look about it. Pepsi bezel chunky case and a big crown. They are all for show though as this does not have the water proofing a diver would require. I had allot of fun trying to get this 6309 to work and at one stage had 4 donors on my bench taking good parts from each. Eventually after nearly a week of messing (in my spare time) I finally got it to run well enough. It was then onto the case, restoring that one was not too bad this time and came up nice. I then had to find a spare minute hand as the original was broken . Found in my donor pot but it was white and not black so ended up stripping both hands of their paint and then repainting mat black and finally luming them. On assembly I broke the crystal because I didnt have it sitting flat when pressing in. Fortunately the replacement was only £3.00 Most importantly of all is that I had to replace the dial. No original could be found that was in the right price range so I bought an aftermarket one for little money. End result to me is absolutely incredible, I can see this one getting allot of wrist time .
I could not resist this one another Seiko from 1974, a Seiko 6119-7103. Bought on eBay as a non runner. Figured whatever it would be I could fix. Turned out to be a screw from the train bridge had come loose and lodged itself between the case and the barrel stopping the movement completely. Upon examination I found that the movement had also been very recently serviced. Weird why someone would carry out that work and then sell as a non runner as it was easy to spot… Sometimes you can just get lucky and this occasion it was my turn. I bought a new crystal and lightly polished the case to give it a bit of lustre. Bracelet had 45 years of dirt wedged into it and took considerable cleaning before I could even contemplate wearing it. Nice now its finished.