Seiko 7A38-6010 handmade restoration

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Andrea80
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Seiko 7A38-6010 handmade restoration

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Good morning to everyone,
I'm going to post my experience (work in progress at the moment) about hand made restoration, hoping maybe could help some other inexperienced users without any specific tool like me.

I'm restoring & modding my 7A38-6010, first of all I have to decide if remove and reapply the coating or just remove it.
After some quotation I decided just to remove it: the process to remove old PVD and apply the new coating is too much expensive for me. All starts disassembly the watch...

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Nothing difficult except remove the bezel insert. Fortunately Paul and his huge experience, give me a hand so (after a good suggestion) I used the glass removal die to remove it. I don't know if it's a problem of my watch but the insert and its shim was very very hardly compressed... I need almost half an hour to remove it... Not so gently...

Andrea80
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Re: Seiko 7A38-6010 handmade restoration

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And the results...

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Andrea80
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Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2021 8:02 am
Location: Bergamo, Italy

Re: Seiko 7A38-6010 handmade restoration

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This night I finally finished to polish and brush case and bezel... Very time consuming and tiring 😓.
In the next days I'll post some other pictures because some details doesn't convince me and I'd like to have some other opinion 😅.
Honestly when I bought this watch I didn't expect that will be so difficult restore and mod it removing coating... This idea was born as casualty knowing the lawyer that was selling this watch, I discovered he had with him the watch when we was talking... After saw that it's working perfectly I had to buy it 😅... And the story started... Blisters on my hands... Lot of nights working on it... As usual my watches has a story and for that I'm fond of them 😅. Sometimes I think to sell one of them after restoration, just to have the possibility to finance an other project but up to now never happen 🤣🤣🤣 I like my watches to much to be able to separate from them... Never say never but for now this is a fact.

Andrea80
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Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2021 8:02 am
Location: Bergamo, Italy

Re: Seiko 7A38-6010 handmade restoration

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Here the back...
What do you think about it?
My tools:
Hands
Sandpaper
Polish paste
Wool wheel
And hard work 💪🏻

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