Happy new year everybody – the start of another one!

Well 2016 is now behind us, thank goodness, it wasn’t a particularly good year on a personal level with accidents, deaths in the family and one thing and another. Unfortunately all this impacted quite severely on my ability to keep this blog updated on a regular basis. Having said that the work has been coming in thick and fast all year so I thought I’d show a little of what’s been across the bench to try and make up for the lack of updates.

I’ve seen quite a lot of vintage Seiko exotica on the bench last year including some early 6159-7000’s.

Seiko 6159-7000

Seiko 6159-7000

Seiko 6159-7000

I’ve also seen a number of even earlier 6215-7000’s, this one had an incorrect bezel insert fitted as the original was properly decayed.

Seiko 6215-7000

Seiko 6215-7000

It looks a lot better with the correct insert fitted!

Seiko 6215-7000

And a comparison shot with a 6159, something you don’t see every day.

Seiko 6215-7000 and 6159-7000

Speaking of things you don’t see every day I had one chap send in 5 x 6159-7000/1’s all at once for servicing and luming!

Seiko 6159-7000/1's

As mentioned they all needed reluming….

Seiko 6159-7000/1's

….and servicing….

Seiko 6159-7000/1's

….and they all turned out beautifully when finished. The owner had been buying these steadily for years when he saw them at the right price – I wish I had that kind of foresight!

Seiko 6159-7000/1's

I’ve had a number of dial refinishes to do this year, I’m not a fan of refinishing for the sake of it but when faced with ones like the Omega Ladymatic below sometimes you don’t have a choice.

Omega Ladymatic calibre 455

These Ladymatics are powered by some tiny calibres, this had the 455 inside.

Omega Ladymatic calibre 455

Omega Ladymatic calibre 455

I must admit this looked a whole lot better at the finish than it did at the start 🙂

Omega Ladymatic calibre 455

There’s been plenty of Rolexes across the bench, not too many Explorer II’s though.

Rolex Explorer II

Rolex Explorer II

Rolex Explorer II

Back with the Seikos I’ve had some stunning divers in, this 6309-7040 being in particularly fine fettle.

Seiko 6309-7040

Seiko 6309-7040

And even finer when it was finished.

Seiko 6309-7040

Some, like this Scubapro 450, needed nothing more than stripping, servicing and a new set of seals.Scubapro 450

Scubapro 450

Scubapro 450

I had shed loads of 6138/6139’s on the bench last year, from unhealthy UFO’s….

Seiko 6138-0011

Seiko 6138-0011

Seiko 6138-0011

….to broken bullheads….

Seiko 6138-0040

Seiko 6138-0040

Seiko 6138-0040….to early yellow pogues….

Seiko 6139-6000

Seiko 6139-6000

Seiko 6139-6000

….to early blue pogues….

Seiko 6139-6000

Seiko 6139-6000

Seiko 6139-6000

….to early JDM speedtimer pogues….

Seiko 6139-6000

Seiko 6139-6000

Seiko 6139-6000

…. to resist pogues and so on and so on – you get the picture 🙂

Seiko 6139-6002

Seiko 6139-6002

Seiko 6139-6002

I saw a fair amount of Heuers last year, quite a number being the quartz divers like this 980.013bHeuer 980.013L

Heuer 980.013L

Heuer 980.013L

There were a fair few vintage pieces including this gorgeous Lemania Nero stopwatch which had a broken balance staff.

Lemania Nero

Lemania Nero stopwatch

Lemania Nero stopwatch

Lemania Nero stopwatch

Lemania Nero stopwatch

And of course plenty of the classic Seiko quartz chronographs like this 7A38-7000….

Seiko 7A38-7000

Seiko 7A38-7000

Seiko 7A38-7000

….and this 7A28-703A.

Seiko 7A28-703A

Seiko 7A28-703A

Seiko 7A28-703A

Although this is a fraction of the work that actually made its way across the bench last year it’s a nice sample of the type of watches I would have posted about if I hadn’t had all the additional time pressures that came along halfway through the year. Hopefully 2017 will continue to proceed on a better footing, this will mean I can then get back to posting about all these fantastic watches I have the privilege of working on a lot more frequently! 🙂

 

3 comments

  1. Happy New Year Duncan,
    Thanks for sharing some of the horological highlights.
    This year I hope to battle my crippling procrastination enough to get through at least some of the watch tinkering jobs I should be able to manage myself and to get my Japanese ability back up to scratch. Passing JLPT level N3 in December would be the ultimate goal. Feel free to send any caseback inscriptions through for translation – it’ll be helpful for me also!

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