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Old 11 June 2019, 07:01 PM   #1
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Need a little help please.

Long story short, my nephew, Ben has been left a watch, he has recently got into watches and bought his first "good watch."

This was left to him by Uncle Alwyn, we will get it cleaned up for him and sent to a watch repairer to get it running as well as it can. I wonder if anyone can give any info please? Do not need a "what it's worth" this is a keeper and if it costs more to get it cleaned and running than it is worth, then so be it. I wonder if anyone could add some information please.

Heres the e mail from Ben, I wont tell his mum about the spelling mistakes. (Because I'm just as bad).

Hi Uncle Dave I’ve had a little look about the watch and found out it’s an automatic watch from the 1960s, I wound it up and found out it looses a lot of time. In fact it probly runs at about half speed and I’m not sure why. Also I think it’s in the wrong box as it says quartz and has a receipt from 1979 inside. Hopefully you could find out a little more about it.

Ben


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Old 11 June 2019, 08:02 PM   #2
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Got a clearer view of the caseback Dave? The numbers will tell you the model ref and the month and year of production. Also does it say waterproof or water resistant?

Looks like a 1960s 6602-8040 anyway. Nice watch.
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Old 11 June 2019, 08:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Adam, I will e mail him back, I can just see that the first numbers are 6602, really appreciate your help.

Having got it in Lightroom, it certainly looks like water proof rather than water resistant, he will probably e mail me back this evening.
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Old 12 June 2019, 02:16 AM   #4
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Got a clearer view of the caseback Dave? The numbers will tell you the model ref and the month and year of production. Also does it say waterproof or water resistant?

Looks like a 1960s 6602-8040 anyway. Nice watch.
I got this back from Ben.

On the face it says waterproof and I can’t get a photo of the back, it’s too shiny to focus. It reads ‘stainless steel 6602-8010 water proof 7700156’.
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Old 12 June 2019, 02:27 AM   #5
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Watch was made in July 1967. It's a manual wind non-quickset.

A new crystal, good cleaning, and an overhaul and he'll have a nice everyday watch.

Doesn't appear to be the original bracelet, rather, a period correct stainless expansion one.
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Old 12 June 2019, 08:48 AM   #6
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Yep, July 1967. Seiko started putting the seahorse logo on the casebacks of waterproof manual-wind watches in the early 1960s, and later the "Sea horse" became a model in its own right with that cool dial font. There were several kinds/references of Sea horse, and they are somewhat more desirable than no-name watches from the same period. By the mid-1960s they were popular mid-range watches.

Here's one below from a 1965 catalog, right next to a 62MAS, which as you probably know was Seiko's first real diver and is highly collectible today. I've also attached a few pics (including a seahorse logo on the back of an earlier watch) from my Japanese reference books.

Vintage Seikos, even lower and mid-range, seem to hold up really well. I'm sure it can be serviced and made to look like new. You may well find a good aftermarket crystal by searching 6602-8010 on eBay. There's at least one seller in the UK offering a wide variety of "new" vintage Seiko replacement parts.
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Old 12 June 2019, 05:44 PM   #7
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Watch was made in July 1967. It's a manual wind non-quickset.

A new crystal, good cleaning, and an overhaul and he'll have a nice everyday watch.

Doesn't appear to be the original bracelet, rather, a period correct stainless expansion one.
Thank you very much.

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Yep, July 1967. Seiko started putting the seahorse logo on the casebacks of waterproof manual-wind watches in the early 1960s, and later the "Sea horse" became a model in its own right with that cool dial font. There were several kinds/references of Sea horse, and they are somewhat more desirable than no-name watches from the same period. By the mid-1960s they were popular mid-range watches.

Here's one below from a 1965 catalog, right next to a 62MAS, which as you probably know was Seiko's first real diver and is highly collectible today. I've also attached a few pics (including a seahorse logo on the back of an earlier watch) from my Japanese reference books.

Vintage Seikos, even lower and mid-range, seem to hold up really well. I'm sure it can be serviced and made to look like new. You may well find a good aftermarket crystal by searching 6602-8010 on eBay. There's at least one seller in the UK offering a wide variety of "new" vintage Seiko replacement parts.
Excellent Adam, thank you very much, I will pass this on to Ben, it has brought his watch to life.
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Old 12 June 2019, 08:28 PM   #8
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Old 13 June 2019, 12:15 AM   #10
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I got this back from Ben.

On the face it says waterproof and I can’t get a photo of the back, it’s too shiny to focus. It reads ‘stainless steel 6602-8010 water proof 7700156’.
Hello Dave, a nice starting piece, and its good to see a younger person showing an interest, I have my uncles Emperor that I remember him wearing when I was aged 7, do show us all once its been serviced and tidied up, all the very best "H"
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Old 13 June 2019, 01:07 AM   #11
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Hello Dave, a nice starting piece, and its good to see a younger person showing an interest, I have my uncles Emperor that I remember him wearing when I was aged 7, do show us all once its been serviced and tidied up, all the very best "H"
Thank you very much "H," I certainly will post pics once it's all done.
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Old 13 June 2019, 10:32 AM   #12
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Hello Dave, a nice starting piece, and its good to see a younger person showing an interest, I have my uncles Emperor that I remember him wearing when I was aged 7, do show us all once its been serviced and tidied up, all the very best "H"
Agreed Dave Please do show us some pics when it's all sorted... Would be great to see

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