So I bought this batch of 10 Seikos for $40

Jan 09, 2021,13:27 PM

As I clicked "BUY IT NOW" I remembered a story from my friend Steve, when he bought an old Jaguar.  He asked his dad's mechanic, who was sadly inspecting the car, "How could I go wrong for only $750?" I can't replicate the Mexican accent but as he walked around it, the mechanic said "You can go plenty wrong, my young friend. Plenty wrong."

I bought the watches anyway and in the first day actually got 6 running and lovely! Here are my two favorites:

They look very similar but the case shapes vary, the bracelets differ, the crystal on the green one is faceted. Both are automatics with day and date. One has 17 jewels and the other 21 jewels.

Blue got a dial cleaning and a new crystal.

and needed to have its hairspring cleaned, as it was running 2 hours a day fast.

Now happy.

Green got a good cleaning, a polish, and its bracelet buckle repaired.

Facets on the crystal sparkle as you walk. Can't easily be replaced though.

This one runs great AND it's a mechanical movement!

I need to clean the back of this. Sorry.

The following quartz watch has real yellow gold plating, not "gold tone" (but not solid gold, rats!)

Likewise gold plated.

Steel for working in the garden or around the house.

And I was able to revive a watch for myself, from bits and bobs in the watch box. 

Various other projects underway.

An old sting ray strap that I love fits just fine.

And to top it off, I got a pair of NOS titanium Seiko eyeglass frames.

Coming soon to a face near you.


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Yes, someday they might add up to $40 worth in future dollars

 By: cazalea : January 9th, 2021-13:45
It is a busy work project, in a way. Distraction from goings on elsewhere in life. But it facilitates the extension of our morning walks without me having to change my own rules (cheating!).

well done

 By: 41northpole : January 9th, 2021-13:39
Pretty good haul there Cheers Tim

That’s a result Mike 👍...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 9th, 2021-16:11
With your current form, do you have any share tips or the winning lottery numbers for next week ;-)) Best regards The Captain


 By: Seconds : January 9th, 2021-20:06

I like your style

 By: Jurry : January 10th, 2021-04:53
Though will never be able to do such deals; simply don’t have the expertise-experience-tools and above all no patience to repair all these watches. I admire those who can haha

Not bad for $40, if you exclude...

 By: Ronald Held : January 10th, 2021-12:48
The labor and the extra parts needed.