I joined after purchasing my first watch a week ago. I did a lot of research and one of the many YouTube videos I found during this led me to the forum.
It finally arrived today, so please give me some feedback. What I know about it from sellers claim: Sept 1977 Seiko 6138-8020 "Panda" all original except a replaced crystal and no bracelet.
What I see: it appears to be the original linen dial, original hands (although subs have patina appearing creme now), can't tell is the seconds has a repaint or patina and let a friend borrow my loupe. Light scratches on case. Cannot tell its ever been polished, but I don't know how sharp/rounded the edges should be. All fungions work but the chrono reset double jumps to reach zero (not a fluid motion) and I'm not sure yet if it's movement related. Pushers do drag and I'm fairly positive an o ring replacement would possibly solve both of these.
Please tell me what you see.
I love the look and size of the piece. If this is all original, I'm pleased with its condition and happy I have it. Will make a great slot one for this rabbit hole I'll likely fall in. Next is to source a bracelet, gaskets, and an aftermarket 19mm strap of some kind.
A few pics and a time graph as it sits currently below.
Prices on these are insane these days....I bought one 4-5 years ago in great shape for about $350.00....now on Ebay they’re going in the $1200.00 to $1500.00 range.
Yep, I saw one in excellent condition go for close to $900 on Yahoo JP recently (where the prices are typically a lot more reasonable than Ebay). Even 2-3 years ago when I started getting into vintage Seiko the prices for these chronos in excellent condition were under $500 on Yahoo JP. Market for vintage seiko has gone insane in the last few years.