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Old Seiko Divers Quartz Watch - Any Good ??


Hickory Dickory Dock
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Again - as most of you know by now - I'm new to this game but I sorta liked the look of this Seiko Diver so bought it today.

I like the strap on it, and it really helps makes this watch comfortable to put on the wrist.

Granted, it's not as good as an all mechanical divers watch - because it's quartz - and I need to get a fresh battery for it... but I guess it may have some vintage appeal.

Interesting that it's both analogue and digital too ...

Main thing is - do you think this watch at least looks cool even though it's not a mechanical wonder?

 

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I prefer the look of my other Seiko blue dial / Pepsi special edition Padi divers watch which "is" a mechanical self-winding watch unlike this far simpler quartz design.

Although, funnily enough, this old one is more comfortable to wear helped considerably by the strap I would guess - and it's lighter.

Again my tastes are fluctuating. Good to own a few vintage oddities I suppose.

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Nice vid - thanks for sharing it with me. While I have a few of you online, I bought a second Seiko Quartz from the same place at the same time - this time a Seiko Sport (well they threw it in for nowt as it's in a poor state) the one pictured below... any interest? Perhaps a good restoration project for someone it you think it's worth bring this one back to life...

 

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Anyway back to the Arnie - I had the battery replaced and the digital display is fine, but the analogue display did not rotate.

After about an hour though the analog display is noticeably ticking away, but does not tick smoothly, it stutters every now and then.

I would like to get this restored to full working order - should I send it to Seiko for a service or some other Seiko specialist?

Thanks.

PS - I also replaced the battery in the Seiko Sport - the battery was leaking but that was cleared out OK by Timpsons - the movement is not working at all with only the slightest stutter on the minute hand.

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You've had a 'few' Arnies - does that make them quite common now?

That one you are showing is in excellent condition! Where did you get it serviced (assuming you had it serviced)?

Gradually, over time, the ticker is ticking more reliably - we are talking almost 100% of the time which is amazing!! These things must free themselves up with use assuming this has been sitting idol for a very long time!

Once I am comfortable that this movement has come back to life - is there a way of synchronsing the seconds with the minute hand like you can do with more modern designs?

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No they are not that common- just love them and have tried to get the best one I can 

pop it on the radiator or in your pocket - the oil has probably thickened up

luckly mine has kelps perfect time and didn’t need a service

This might help

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2 minutes ago, lewie said:

No they are not that common- just love them and have tried to get the best one I can 

pop it on the radiator or in your pocket - the oil has probably thickened up

luckly mine has kelps perfect time and didn’t need a service

This might help

45124917304_75fee55afb_c.jpgA31721FD-710F-4EC3-8E12-D73F0C5453CB by biglewie, on Flickr

 

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Thanks, I Googled and found that exact same document - I don't think there's a way of synchronsing apart from doing it manually.

The watch seems to have come back to life fully - so all good there. Once the oil has thinned by warming up - does it stay that way? Or should I as a precaution get a service from Seiko themselves?

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47 minutes ago, lewie said:

A service is always good - really depends on you preference- it would be a good investment 

Looks fab

Well obviously your Arnie looks fab too! Anyhow - the watch adventure continues, I wonder what I will come across next?

Many here seem to like the divers - I also picked up a manual-wind vintage Longines from cash converters about 3 Months ago, which is the pole opposite of a diver and I think it looks rather sophisticated.

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The H558 is the watch I bought as a prezzie for completing USCG Basic Training in 1985 ... then realized a year later that Arnold was wearing one in some of his movies. (A “gag” watch was rigged for closeups in Commando for a 10 hour count down timer, the original watch had no such function).

 

It originally came on a heavy Seiko rubber strap, but I find it works great on a thick G10, I loved mine on a Hirsch shark skin strap.

 

It’s also the watch that brought me to this forum. I was searching online one day for information on it and found the most interesting discussions here.

 

Search the forum for past discussions. You’ll find pics of mine, scarred and wabi’ed after 12 years of service.

 

One watchmaker determined that an unusual variant of battery was called for after I had one in that caused the display to dim when I pressed the buttons. Not sure if I confirmed that with service manuals.

 

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