Seiko 7018-8000 “One-Eyed Panda”

Service of a vintage JDM Seiko Chronograph

Well I’m still struggling to move through my backlog of watches awaiting service but that certainly doesn’t mean the desire isn’t there. I’ve got a lot of stuff coming which I hope to have posted at regular intervals and some exciting calibres to debut. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the goods actually arrive on time and we can all bask in the nerdery that is my chronograph obsession!

Continue reading “Seiko 7018-8000 “One-Eyed Panda””

Seiko 6138-8021 “Panda”

Restoration of a 1970’s era Seiko chronograph

Even though months have passed by since my last post on this blog I have been keeping busy. In addition to making accommodations at home and at work for the Covid-19 pandemic and moving to a new house, I’ve also been diligently whittling away at the backlog of broken watches on my workbench and today I’m pleased to tell the story of a Seiko automatic chronograph from the late seventies which I just finished servicing. Continue reading “Seiko 6138-8021 “Panda””

Seiko Bellmatic 4006-7020

First crack at an alarm complication

A couple of years ago when I first got into this watchmaking thing I wanted to share my hobby with the family and figured giving my father and brother a good watch for Christmas was a capital idea. Fast forward to Christmas Eve and my father had a finely refurbished Seiko 7002-7000 and my brother had the empty case of a 7002-700J- it would take another couple of weeks for the movement to be ready! Continue reading “Seiko Bellmatic 4006-7020”

Seiko Diver’s Watch

Restoration of a Seiko 7002-7000 for Christmas

Here is a heavily used Seiko 7002-7000 diver’s watch which I picked up from a seller in the Philippines in non-working condition. I wanted to do something a bit special for the men in my family this holiday and since Seiko watches generally offer the most value, a 7002 diver seemed just the thing. Continue reading “Seiko Diver’s Watch”

Seiko Hi-Beat Automatic 2206-0180S

A fully featured women’s timepiece

Early in the hunt for serviceable timepieces I noticed how difficult it is to find watches for women which share the same features as those for men. While it’s expected that a quality mens automatic watch will have a day and date feature, should you try to find the same features in a watch designed for a woman you often have to accept a quartz movement. Continue reading “Seiko Hi-Beat Automatic 2206-0180S”