For those of you who were horrified by my desecration of a hodge-podge 6105 in my opening post (assuming of course anyone other than I actually visit this here blog), here’s some small compensation. A collection of photos of two additional 6105-8110’s acquired in the months after my first botched attempt to buy a decent example. One of these is an excellent, near all-original example, the only concession to modernity a sapphire crystal and steel bracelet. The second a tattier watch but one with lots of character and which I had relumed and serviced in the US before I started servicing my watches myself. The other obvious difference between the two is that the second has a bezel insert harvested from an SKX007, the original in very poor, faded condition.
I appreciate that some people don’t like relumes of old watches, but when they’ve been done as well as this one, in my view it can enhance the watch, particularly if the original lume is badly discoloured (as opposed to patinated).
Great restoration! I’ve got a battered 6105-8000 and am planning to overhaul, add sapphire glass and re lume etc. I’m planning to get a pro to do it. Anything I should know before I get things underway?
Not really other than to urge you to keep it as original as possible and above all else steer clear of aftermarket reproduction dials!
Christian Schjøll said:
Where did you buy that bezel? I am looking for a similar one for my mod seiko 6309-7290. But i can not find any.
I’ve had quite a few of the SKX bezels, sourced from a variety of suppliers including monsterwatches.eu, 10watches.com (now Dagaz) and, I think, chronograph.com. It may also be possible to buy them from watch parts supplies houses such as Cousins in the UK or Jules Borel in the US.
I had my father’s 6105 refurbished by Jack at IWW. The result was great. I just had a query about timing. My watch speeds up 30sec per day. Is this worth adjusting or is it too small to worry about?
30 sec per day fast is not necessarily a sign that anything is wrong but does suggest that the movement might benefit from some regulation. The 6105 movements are capable of running to a few sec per day or better but whether the level of timekeeping you are getting from your watch is a cause for concern depends largely on how you use the watch. If it’s on the wrist for a day or two before being substituted for something else, then 30 s per day is no big deal but if it’s a daily wearer then it might prove irksome!
Giles Branch said:
Which lume did you choose for the reluming?
The watch featured in this post was relumed by a professional relumer who I believe used Tritec Superluminova. The lume I use is produced by Bergeon.
Giles Branch said:
I like the white look a lot and I was wondering whether it was tritec BGW9, the old Seiko divers sometimes have such white lume (as opposed to C3) and I was wondering if it was the effect the original watch designer was after.
Giles – sorry I misunderstood what you were asking. Yes, the lume in these old 6105’s should be white and glow green and that is what I opted for.