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Muchas Gracias! I'm now looking @ a 6309 @ our local watchmakers shop...

December 6 2008 at 8:25 PM
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where I'm getting my vintage items fixed up @ bargain prices.

They have a clean looking 6309-7290 for P5000, which equates to a little over US$60.

However, I'm almost sure it's got an aftermarket dial [to the right of the code#s @ dial bottom it has a little "oblong diamond shaped" logo of some kind which I've not seen on an authentic '60s/70s Seiko dial - though I'm not expert @ 6309s]. I do see from your 6309 shot [though not a -7290] that "logo" isn't present. I'm also not sure if the bezel insert has been replaced. And the watch tech really doesn't know the answers. I do have the store owners cell#s so I'll probably text him if I'm interested in it.

However, my main priority is getting my "flock" here in perfect running condition. So far I've had:

a. a "rare" 7015-7020 put in running shape
b. a 6139-600x [Gold dial w/ BLACK subdial] get missing parts [transmission wheel & spring for the rotating bezel] restored & the chrono subdial hand reattached & new caseback gasket
c. quickset fixed for a Big/Small Eye [required a new part]
d. quickset fixed & movement lube for a 6119 "SPORT diver"
e. a movement overhaul for an Elgin 'sport diver' type watch w/ ETA 909. Next week they'll put in a new minute wheel [that was damaged in mine]. This was my own watch back in the mid '70s to early '80s before it fell or flew off my wrist when the cheap band malfunctioned - causing the minute wheel damage :>(

Yesterday, Vangie & I spent just about all day in town waiting for 2 of the above watches to be fixed. Service is basically "while you wait". I had the missing parts & the gasket for the 6139 Gold dial installed, and the Elgin overhaul done. They spent a few hours looking thru their stock for a replacement minute wheel as well [but didn't find one]. The total "damage" for the day - P660 - which is about US$13.40!!! So far, that's the most expensive job, typically they run to about US$2-3 unless parts are required, then it's been US$5-7.

It's finally economically viable to get some of my lower end vintage watches fixed up right!

I'm eventually hoping to trade some of my more common items & duplicates for a rarer or hi-end piece here & that's another impetus for me to get these watches fixed up. Many were bargain priced eBay items [due to fuzzy pics, vague description, seller unable to answer questions, etc.] w/ to little/no competition - so I took a chance. In some cases the item was rather nice, just a minor problem I hoped to get fixed @ a low price someday.

BTW - I think you'll see from this description of my watch repair experience here why it is profitable for Philippine & other "developing nation" watchmakers to take in "junkers", fix them, add aftermarket parts to clean them up, and put them up for sale in the international market. If a guy can take in a "junker" for next to nothing, add some hours (or a even couple days) of his labor, and a few $$$ in parts [or maybe he even has the parts already lying around from other "junkers"], then turn around & take in $50 or so from a foreign [developed nation] buyer, he's brought in good money for the week!


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Seiko Matsuda

The Patron Saint of Seiko Collectors

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