Friday, February 21, 2014

A tale of a broken Seiko: 6309-8840

Broken Seiko 5 6309-8840


This is a Seiko 5, the entry level automatic Seiko that I picked up from a friend shop. It was broken and neglected at one very corner of his electrical and watch shop. I asked him whether is of any use to him, he shook his head . I offered him peanuts for it. 

Seiko Cal 6309 is a 17 jewels automatic workhorse. I ever heard my watchmaker friend said he managed to adjust this movement to + and - 1 sec per day in a single position. This Seiko 5 is from July 1983. It was in non-working condition. The dial, the hands and the crystal were all witness to its age and previous owner's usage. I love watches with black dial and gold indexes and wordings. It is a sin to see a good reliable watch dying in agony, abandoned by its owner. 



I took this to my watchmaker friend who has been struggling with his heavy workload. He has tons and tons of Rolex, Panerai, Tag Heuer, and all the premium brands queuing up and seeking his attention. I know too well that his hands are tied and I was a bit embarrassed to bother him with such a piece. So I asked him...."Got time to service my watch?" He paused for a while and asked me "If it is a 'GOOD' watch, I don't really mind!"..... I gave him a dirty look and went, "errerErrrrrrerrrrrrr...... If it is 'GOOD' I would not have asked you.." 



"If it is a 6309, at least I have a satisfaction working on it...." Did he just say a 6309??? Hahahahaaaaaaaa I was laughing hysterically like a hyena...... It would be a long long wait before this ever come back to me............ Just wait and see what the plastic surgeon and physician can do with this........


7 comments:

  1. Could you please explain how you determined the year and month of this 6309-8840 Seiko watch?

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    1. First, the 6309 movement is from 1980's.... then at the caseback you would see a 6 digits serial number; the first digit is the year and the second one is the month of that watch came out of the factory. Taking this 6309 for example, I can tell you it was produced in July 1983.

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    3. I'm sorry but if picture ahead is the good one, I see 372585 as the 6 digits. That disen't match wich the description.

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  2. http://www11.pic-upload.de/23.10.14/rlwexy4q2u.jpg

    got this watch from someone on ebay, will bring this to my watchmaker friend in a couple of days, if i happen to remember this site, i'll show differences

    http://www11.pic-upload.de/23.10.14/rlwexy4q2u.jpg

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    1. Thanks for sharing..... My watchmaker has his final touch on this one... Once it is done I will show it to you.... Thanks again!

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