Another little donkey...

So, whilst I'm waiting for parts on the DX Sealion (it's had its case refinished and its movement serviced) but is waiting for a case ring - which was missing.

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Edit: The Sealion is now complete.

https://www.watchcrunch.com/GasWorks/posts/a-sealion-visits-the-donkey-sanctuary-48208

and the Bellmatic which is currently in many bits...

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I decided to tidy up this rather tired 6119-7183 Seiko 5 from July 1972...

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Although not awful it was actually pretty scuffed and VERY dirty...

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It was also running pretty poorly...

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Its crystal, a double dome hardlex, was also pretty tired...

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It's very unusual to find a double dome crystal on Seiko 5s of this era.

So, following a stint at the spa, involving a thorough clean and refinish of the case, a new crystal (which must be made of frozen unicorn tears judging by the cost) and a good service it's feeling happier and running much better...

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Excuse my grubby fingers... I do wash occasionally but polishing compound does rather make a mess.

I'm really happy with this one. The dial, which looks black, is actually a very dark blue..

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I think Seiko made some brilliant stuff in the 70s. This one is particularly quirky. It has a sector dial, a day at 9 (just for the hell of it) with Kanji and English. The English has a day of the week number after each day... Monday 1, Tuesday 2, etc... bizarre. The "5" shield is at 6 not 12, the "Seiko" which normally sits above the shield is above the day at 9 and the Automatic 21 Jewels, which is normally at 6 is next to the date at 3. It's all wrong... and utterly marvelous for being so.

That double dome crystal is a bit special too.

All in all it's awesome and I really do hope it finds a loving home with someone who really appreciates it.

Until next time lovely people. ❤

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Gorgeous! 😍

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Amazing restoration work! You practically gave it a second life 😄

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Nice job.

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*slow claps*... Very well done! Beautiful work, beautiful watch.

Unicorn tears 😂

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Very nice. Why does the movement say 25 Jewels and the dial say 21?

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Aurelian

Very nice. Why does the movement say 25 Jewels and the dial say 21?

That's the movement of the Sealion DX that I'm waiting on a case ring to complete...

I didn't put a picture of the movement in this one... but, for completeness...

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GasWorks

That's the movement of the Sealion DX that I'm waiting on a case ring to complete...

I didn't put a picture of the movement in this one... but, for completeness...

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Mystery solved. I get excited when I change a battery. Looks great.

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That is stunning 😍

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Cantaloop

That is stunning 😍

The last few I've done from the Suwa factory in late 60s/early 70s are just lovely. They don't make 'em like they used to...

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They're a pleasure to work on

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Yes the old Seikos have something special about them. There's almost nothing to the design but what little there is really works.