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I just received this rebuild from forum member Subterfuge....it is outstanding.  Chatting by email we quickly came up with the basic idea for a one-of-a-kind watch.  Something just a little different and eye catching.  So far the movment (a Seiko automatic) has been almost perfect.  I will post my attempt at pictures here and Alex will chime in with better pictures.  I highly recommend his work and this ethics.  He wants it right and takes his time.watchcats 016

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My Orange Monster was loosing about 1-2.5 minutes a week before I broke it. Sample of one though.

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LobsterClaw207 posted:

Whats up with this Massdrop site, it's maddeningly unclear on there, unless I'm missing something. 

Massdrop is a wonderful and terrible thing.  Pro: good prices on neat stuff.  Con: You end up spending more money buying neat things because the prices are good.
 
Basically, Massdrop is a really well organized group buy website.  They pick a product, negotiate with the manufacturer for a reduced price based on ordering a certain quantity, then put it up for sale on their website.  If enough buyers commit to reach the number they need to place the order within whatever timeframe the "drop" is open for, Massdrop places the order.  The manufacturer builds the products and ships them in bulk to Massdrop.  Massdrop in turn breaks down the bulk order and re-ships to individuals.
 
The downside is that sometimes it can take a while (a month or more) to get your order in.  The upside is the price, and Massdrop does a good job of communicating order status along the way.  They sell items in a number of categories ("Communities" in Massdrop lingo) that LFers will probably like, such as EDC, photography, ultralight hiking, and watches.

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I own a Seiko SKX007, can anyone tell me how much time its expected to lose daily on average? About once a week I'm seemingly moving the time back up about 4 or 5 minutes. 

My understanding is that the timing can be adjusted fairly easily. My 'Merica Special 007 that Alex built for me loses about that much time in a week. He said he could adjust it if I sent it back. But I am a one watch guy and I love wearing it, so I have not yet sent it back.

Same, Longeye. The Seiko is my one watch. If it was a larger issue I'd take the time and send it in. But since it doesn't seem like its a red flag I'll keep on chugging along with it how it is. Thanks everyone.

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New Citizen my wife got me for Christmas.IMG_2553

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I found a cheap Citizen 0510-K16008 on a Japanese auction site.  It had a cracked crystal and the movement was kaput.  It still has a chip in the tachymeter bezel, but I put in a new movement and installed a domed acrylic crystal.  Next up is to refinish the hands(and re-center the chrono-minute hand), and find a good domed sapphire that will fit. 

All said, I'm pretty happy with the results.

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Please pardon the poor photograpy with a reflection of my ugly mug! Just received this from Alex.  Finally got the perfect (to me) Seiko. SKX007 case/bezel, hacks/ handwinds, double dome sapphire AR crystal, Sumo dial, MM hands.  Thanks Alex!

So....I've got a Seiko watch, model # 7002-7039.  My understanding is that it's the precursor to the 007 model http://www.watchsleuth.com/sei...earch/?MOD=7002-7039.  I bought the watch some time in the 90-93 time frame.   I sent it in, a couple of years ago, to get it running; and once again it's crapped out on me.  There's a part of me that has real sentimental value attached to this watch, and another side of me that doesn't care one  way or another.  As I've said earlier in this thread, I've got a Rolex and Omega if I want a watch to wear for "style"...this isn't about that perse'. 

I'm looking for advice as to what I should do with this thing.  I've been thinking, probably over a year or more now, to send it off to Sub to get it completely overhauled and personalized.  On the other hand, I've been eyeing a Pathfinder as a daily beater (I've got 3 suuntos in various states of decay....I HATE how quickly they burn through batteries).  While a Pathfinder wouldn't have the sentimental value of this Seiko, it definitely has a LOT of cool features, to include being Solar charged (no more worrying about batteries like a Suunto).  While the Seiko doesn't have any of the features, it was with me in some pretty interesting places.

So...what does the hive say?  Put it away and get the Pathfinder or send it to Sub to get it pimped out?

 


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I think it pre-dated the 7S26 movement but the 7S26 would probably work and is an improvement. Movement is inexpensive. You could buy a low end Sieko 5 for $50-$60 as a donor, or PM Alex, he probably has a few leftovers from upgrades he has done.

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So....I've got a Seiko watch, model # 7002-7039.  My understanding is that it's the precursor to the 007 model http://www.watchsleuth.com/sei...earch/?MOD=7002-7039.  I bought the watch some time in the 90-93 time frame.   I sent it in, a couple of years ago, to get it running; and once again it's crapped out on me.  There's a part of me that has real sentimental value attached to this watch, and another side of me that doesn't care one  way or another.  As I've said earlier in this thread, I've got a Rolex and Omega if I want a watch to wear for "style"...this isn't about that perse'. 

I'm looking for advice as to what I should do with this thing.  I've been thinking, probably over a year or more now, to send it off to Sub to get it completely overhauled and personalized.  On the other hand, I've been eyeing a Pathfinder as a daily beater (I've got 3 suuntos in various states of decay....I HATE how quickly they burn through batteries).  While a Pathfinder wouldn't have the sentimental value of this Seiko, it definitely has a LOT of cool features, to include being Solar charged (no more worrying about batteries like a Suunto).  While the Seiko doesn't have any of the features, it was with me in some pretty interesting places.

So...what does the hive say?  Put it away and get the Pathfinder or send it to Sub to get it pimped out?

 

Cytez,

Cant believe I missed your post because I'm in exactly the same boat.  I bought my 7002-7039 in 1994 and it's seen better days. My EDC watch is a Submariner but every month or two I break out the Seiko and wear it, just because ...

1.  It has  great sentimental value

2. It's freaking cool

Id like Subterfuge to make the Seiko great again but money's tight with a 5 year old in the house. 

My plan B is a refurbished Garmin Fenix 2 from GPS City. It actually gets semi decent battery life if you turn the GPS off and has some fairly decent bells and whistles.  Something to consider if youre not brand loyal to Suunto.

Be sure to let us know what you decide ...

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 The 7002 was a transitional watch, so it carries some 6309 characteristics like the true 4:00 crown and 32mm crystal, but with a 200m WR rating.    Options on the 7002 to be updated are either a dateless dial, or a custom date wheel.  It'll need a new crown, since the original won't accept a threaded stem.   There's an incomplete 7002 posted in this thread somewhere with a 4:00 date wheel I made.  The text is definitely not as crisp as the factory part, but much better than having your date look like it's always on the verge of switching.

LF Ranger5's 6306 with updated NE15 movement, custom day/date wheels

Unrelated other recent stuff- 

SubZero- named for the white dial & my Zero DD sapphire with has (nearly) zero gap to Submariner pattern ceramic bezel inserts, with zero modification to the insert.  

My original SKX011 from waaaaaaaay back in this thread as it currently sits - SRP493 dial, SRP585 h/m hands, Zero sapphire, 12hr ceramic insert, prototype crown.

SRP773 (one of the 6309 reissues) with "Sky Dome" sapphire, custom smooth bezel. I call it the Easter Egg.

SRP777 (another 6309 reissue), with gen 1 Stargate dial & LE Sumo hands, ceramic insert, DD sapphire, coin edge bezel

SRP707 with a sterilized bezel , pilot hands & dial, S3S blasted.

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All a matter of what you consider affordable.  The wife picked up one from Ball for about  $1500,  Marathon's are starting around  $600, and Citizen has some around $400.

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Check out the Helson line, they offer a wide price range - https://helsonwatches.com/

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I have a tsar with a maratec composite strap that's starting to go.   It looks like maratec stopped making composites.   Is there a comparable replacement two piece?   I don't love natos. 

Have you checked CountyComm to see if they have the Maratac strap you're looking for?

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I have a tsar with a maratec composite strap that's starting to go.   It looks like maratec stopped making composites.   Is there a comparable replacement two piece?   I don't love natos. 

Do you not like NATOs because they're nylon or because they're one piece?

If it's just because they're nylon, I just stumbled across this: http://www.bertucciwatches.com/Bertucci/bands.html

The real gem on that site though, is this: http://www.bertucciwatches.com/Bertucci/bands.html

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Count comm only has the 24mm width left.  I found another place that has some 20mm left, but I'm just looking for the next cool thing.  

I don't like nato bands because they are one piece.  I feel like the raise the watch off my wrist and put a lot of stress on the spring bars.  

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no_avatar posted:

I have a tsar with a maratec composite strap that's starting to go.   It looks like maratec stopped making composites.   Is there a comparable replacement two piece?   I don't love natos. 

Do you not like NATOs because they're nylon or because they're one piece?

If it's just because they're nylon, I just stumbled across this: http://www.bertucciwatches.com/Bertucci/bands.html

The real gem on that site though, is this: http://www.bertucciwatches.com/Bertucci/bands.html

Thanks for the lead.

This is also quite interesting http://tridurawatchband.com/

 

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adh posted:
Default.mp3 posted:
no_avatar posted:

I have a tsar with a maratec composite strap that's starting to go.   It looks like maratec stopped making composites.   Is there a comparable replacement two piece?   I don't love natos. 

Do you not like NATOs because they're nylon or because they're one piece?

If it's just because they're nylon, I just stumbled across this: http://www.bertucciwatches.com/Bertucci/bands.html

The real gem on that site though, is this: http://www.bertucciwatches.com/Bertucci/bands.html

Thanks for the lead.

This is also quite interesting http://tridurawatchband.com/

 

Whoops, that was suppose be my first link, to counter against the nylon issue: http://tridurawatchband.com/

Though since it's a one-piece issue, well, that's no good.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

 

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Hammer-277 posted:

I can't hang with some of the really nice high end watches some of you guys posted.  On my budget, Casio GW9400 Rangeman works fine.  Damn tough watch and highly functional.

Sometimes it is hunting in the corners that you find some inexpensive gemsI got a gold Longines wind up for just shy of $90 bucks, a nice older Seiko auto for $37, a stainless Omega Seamaster wind up for $350. shop used and if you do youer homework, you can find some diamonds that slip through the cracks. I have a line on two different Omega Seamasters in gold, each shop wants $600, but I am waiting for them to sit there for another couple of months, then I will probibly be able to get them for under $500. Watches have gone out of fashion with the younger kids today. Everybody uses their cell phone. I keep lurking in pawn shops and junk stores and flea markets for people clearing out grandpas closet. Everybody knows Rolex are expensive, but many of the upper brands are unknown to many.  How many today would recognize a Blancpain at a glance? 

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So, the answer probably lies in the preceding 89 pages, but search fu fails me.

I have a STAR with a crown with stripped threads....

Does it have to go back to Marathon, or can someone point me to someone who can get this thing back in action.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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Thanks for the info...and for understanding that I meant TSAR. Damn auto correct....

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True jacquard woven Multicam watch strap (no printed garbage that fades), from Bertucci, as seen above.

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I've had my eye on the Avenger Hurricane since they first came out. The 45mm  fits my wrist better than the 50mm. 

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thenorsepole posted:

I've had my eye on the Avenger Hurricane since they first came out. The 45mm  fits my wrist better than the 50mm. 

That looks good. What's the street price on a 45mm?

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MOJONIXON posted:
thenorsepole posted:

I've had my eye on the Avenger Hurricane since they first came out. The 45mm  fits my wrist better than the 50mm. 

That looks good. What's the street price on a 45mm?

No different that the 50mm 12hr and about $500 less than the 24hr. If you can find a 24hr, snatch it up. They are either discontinued or soon will be.

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