I know most of you are into vintage and restoration which is not my thing at all. But I was talking to a friend a few months ago about the 7A28. He mentions he has one in the drawer but its in bad shape. He;d send to me if I was interested. A week later I receive a 7A28 7040 that although was very dirty was actually in very good condition. Bezel was stuck and pushers wouldn't push. Watch worked fine.
So I took to task in my free time and dismantled and just cleaned each and every piece in my little jewelry ultrasonic. Greased the gaskets and reassembled. Not too difficult except for the pusher reassembly. Those little circle clips are really really really small. Think poppy seed. But I managed to get all three together in about an hour which I thought was a success.
So feeling satisfied with myself, I'll be sending this back to him. I think this caliber is a great collectible, but I don't think they're worth what they sell for in this condition. Its just me. I don't have the vintage filter and relative to what you can buy new at these same prices I'd rather have new. That said, I know Seiko made these by the bucket load and I'm sure they are sitting in drawers and yard sales as we speak. So picking up for lunch money and fixing up would be a fun exercise.
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Post by seikoholic on Jun 16, 2013 18:43:44 GMT -8
Holy crap that's a beautiful example of that model (one of my favorites too). Nice nice job.
Yeah, the pusher clips are really something. I've had to work up a system that includes a big Ziploc bag, a hardwood peg as a pusher, and some silicon grease to hold the clip in place. I've lost too many of them.
By the way, really nice job photographing this model. Very nice.
Here's a picture of mine - I found it on Craigslist all the way across the country for a great price. Thankfully, while it was thousands of miles from me, it was only a few miles from where we used to live on Cape Cod. I got hold of our old neighbor and friend, and she cheerfully went over there and picked it up for me.
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2013 18:47:17 GMT -8 by seikoholic
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Wow . . . that is some quality work there for sure, enjoy the fruits of your labours. cheering-clapping-smiley-emoticon cheering-clapping-smiley-emoticon thunbsup.gif
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