Post by dcso211 on Jun 17, 2013 10:33:34 GMT -8
Normally I refrain from authoring these types of threads...there are tons of 6309 purchases each week globally....it's a great representation of classic diver's watch history so they remain popular to say the least.
A few nights ago I was doing my normal ebay thing and stumbled across a new auction with a low buy it now price and sketchy seller photos. However, the poor photos did reveal that the watch was a 6309-7049 and I also noticed that the original box was included in the sale. In short, I quickly took a chance...At the very worst I would have another restoration project, but since hope springs eternal in my blood.....I felt the watch had potential to be something much more special.
Feeling guilty for purchasing another 6309, I was experiencing a bit of buyer's remorse on top of the anxiety of not knowing what I had really purchased. My wife and both my daughters were supportive and hatched an idea between themselves to cover the cost of the watch as a Father's day gift. A great gift as you will find out in further reading...
the sellers photos.
Flash forward to today, the usps site informed me that the package was due to be delivered so I left work during lunch and meet my postman at my residence. He's more than understanding of my hobby and he actually owns several pieces that I custom built. Needless to say, when he saw that I had a package he called me to arrange a meeting time during my lunch hour.
We have all heard and seen the mythical mint 6309-704x that resided quietly in some drawer for decades only to be found. I've never been that lucky with these. I've had a couple nice ones over the years but never anything close to mint condition let alone NOS, which is almost like winning the lottery.
Today, My luck changed tremendously and I was'nt prepared for what came into view when I carefully opened the box. Please bear with me here because my hands are still shaking with excitement
The watch arrived with both the Seiko factory inner and outer display boxes that are about 95%. Upon opening the inner display box I was immeadiately caught off guard by the watch's condition...It's absolutely Mint! easily would rate 95%-97% condition.....just amazing condition
I went over a mental & visual checklist of different points on the watch... It started right up the moment that I laid my hand on it. The factory insert is 100% perfect, The original dial and hands are gorgeous with a snowy white lume color and vibrant red " water resist" text. The caselines are all perfect and crisp. the factory brushing is mint with just a couple extremely light marks on the outer lugs. The caseback is absolutely amazing, the frosted Tsunami logo looks fresh and untouched.
The only evidence of wear/age is a small hairline scratch on the crystal and the original GL831 strap is brittle from age. I do happen to have another GL831 in nice condition as a replacement for the right watch.
The plan of attack with this one will be maintainance. it's only going to see a ultrasonic case cleaning and a new set of gaskets. I'm actually scared to own such a nice piece....pure collector grade at its very finest. I'm super stoked to own it
Here are a few Quick and Dirties to hold over until I have a chance to start the cleaning process in the coming days.