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    I have my 1974 Seiko on my wrist. I bought it new in '74 on my honeymoon in Fiji and wore it constantly for many years and it endured a lot of knocks and bangs due to the nature of my work. It became a watch that I absolutely loved and in the mid '90's it was retired to a drawer.
    A year or two ago, I got a new crystal for it and sent it off for an overhaul. It now goes again just like it used to.
    The worst thing that I did was to agree to having the case lightly tidied up. It was really knocked around prior to this and showing all the evidence of having been with me through thick and thin.
    I get a wave of sadness on the rare occasions that I now even look at it because it doesn't look like "my watch". It's too rounded and has machine buffing waves along the sides.
    I want another case for it, one that has never seen emery paper, file or a buffer.
    When I get one, if it's too fresh looking, I'll shake it around in a tin of nuts and bolts until it looks like my pics of this one before it was refurbished.
    When that looks right, my movement, crystal and back will make it complete.
    All I've got to do is find my new old case!

  • #2
    Why don't you just shake your original case in a tin of nuts and bolts At least then you will still have the original watch you started with all those years ago :thumbup:
    Preparation and planning prevent piss poor performance

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    • #3
      It's wavy down the sides from buffing and I will always see it.
      It'll be like grandpa's axe, still my original insides and back cover, just a replacement case.
      It is the only one of my watches that I intend to pass down to my son as to me it has significance.

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      • #4
        There was someone on one of the international watch forums doing proper restoration of those cases. Maybe someone else recalls seeing it.
        Tony Lewis
        New Zealand

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        • #5
          https://youtu.be/n-MlNS4eeLk

          Cheers
          Tony Lewis
          New Zealand

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          • #6
            There’s only one way to get rid of those lines then... you’ll need to wear it again for years on the plus side your son won’t be phased by the wavy lines I’ve got my dads old Tissot Seastar and he was a one watch guy and that watch was worn whatever he was doing, it’s in a bad way and I’m thinking of getting it nicely refinished... not sure if my dad would have been keen on that though

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            • #7
              Not really lines, more of a wavy surface with enough uneven peaks and troughs to throw shadows.
              I'm hoping someone will see this and say "I've got an old beat up one in my junk drawer that I'll sell you!"
              Interesting links to videos above though.
              I don't want to make it look like new

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              • #8
                Im with Brucy on this one. its still "your watch" just needs "your time" again
                the gold bracelet thing was my dads necklace he gave me before he died...but i dont like things round ma neck

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                • #9
                  I too can be sentimental and i think replacing with someone elses watch here in the short term may make it feel old again, but it will always be someone elses watch until youve had it long enough that it would show your experiences. May aswell put all those new experiences back into your watch.
                  the gold bracelet thing was my dads necklace he gave me before he died...but i dont like things round ma neck

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                  • #10
                    All going to plan ... I have an unadulterated case for it
                    There's a seller on eBay with NOS bracelets for this model. When the dollar stops suffering the Gazinta Effect, I'll get one. Because I still do mechanical work, I'll put it on an old beater for a year so it gets scuffed and knocked around then put it onto the 8002


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                    • #11
                      Re-cased and now looking like it should after years of use.
                      I have the bracelet which needs some hard wear on my beater before I can consider it a match for the Chrono


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