I got this lot on Ebay a week or so ago. "Spot the treasure!"
Along with a few 6106 runners (including one on it's original Seiko leather strap with buckle), the treasure is an October '69 6139-6010. Daywheel in English/Chinese (correction:Japanese). Looks pretty tidy in the pics, but this watch was absolutely disgusting. As you can see in the pics, it is missing both pushers. One had come out, the other had BROKEN OFF. I have never seen a pusher actually snapped off before. Despite being snapped off, this pusher was still stuck down. The amazing part is that despite having no pushers, the owner seems to have continued wearing the watch! Every nook and cranny was filled with a sticky brown grot. Quite difficult to clean out.
It was like removing 40-year-old molasses. The pusher wells were packed with it...that's how I know it was worn after the pushers left. Severely bent crown, so bent that it wouldn't even turn. Sweep hand was also tweeked a little. The neat rally bracelet was detached at one end, and secured by those horrible cheap brass springbars that I love to hate. I thought about just breaking the endpiece off of the case, but I thought the bracelet could be salvaged. Finally getting the bars out was complicated by the fact that every bit of the watch was packed with the 40-year-old molasses. But...
Inside was clean as a whistle! After a little shaking and coaxing, the groggy 6139A sprang to life, runs strong, and is keeping good time. It likely hadn't run in 30 years.
I left the case and original crystal alone (wabi is my new thing), threw in some new gaskets, and put it on a tired 19mm Seiko black leather strap I had laying around. Here is a Q&D of how she looks now.
Last Edit: Dec 3, 2013 4:36:57 GMT -8 by cobrajet25
"Don't ever say 'dead nuts' to a guy over 60." --J. Koch
... I just had a watch in here from a watch lot, a 5H dress watch. Nice actually, solid-link bracelet, pretty sweet. But it looked like someone repeatedly dipped it in a mixture of fine sawdust and molasses, wiped off the excess, and then did it again. The center links on the bracelet were hollow and they were completely filled, stuffed solid, with this crap. Whatever it was. I had to use pegwood, lots of it, and then run the case and bracelet through the ultrasonic at least six or seven times. And even then I had to work at the bracelet and crevices with more pegwood, and then go through another round of ultrasonic cleaning. Soap wouldn't touch the stuff, and hot liquids just seemed to make it angry. The only thing I didn't try was gasoline.
What was it?
Last Edit: Dec 3, 2013 10:16:38 GMT -8 by seikoholic
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