A few years ago, I came across a picture of a rather lovely, but unlikely Omega dress watch, combining a dress case with the dial and handset from a Seamaster 300. Such creations are commonly referred to as Frankenwatches, but in spite of its dubious origins, I rather liked it:
Some time later, I happened upon a Seiko 6119-8080 dress watch, bought mainly for the dial which I thought might go well in another project:
As it turned out, the dial was ruined and unusable but the germ of an idea had started to form that perhaps the case might form the basis of a little project to get some small way towards the imaginary Omega. A 6309 fit PO dial from Hong Kong (Yobokies) and a set of steel MOD hands (motorcitywatchworks) and we were potentially in business. I also bought a black day wheel from a watch maker in Australia because I thought black on white would distract too much from the look I was after (you notice my obsession with having a date still over-rides other aesthetic considerations).
The movement fitted to the 6119-8080 is the B variant of the 6119 which has a date quickset, achieved by pushing in the crown but no day quickset. Additionally, it comes only with a single language day wheel which means that my black day wheel from Oz would be incompatible. By the time I discovered this, I was already well advanced into the servicing of the movement, which held some other, rather unpleasant surprises. I had heard from others that it is not uncommon for unscrupulous sellers/watchmakers, to ‘service’ a movement by dunking it in watch oil. When I stripped down mine, I discovered that it was swimming in oil. Here is the back of the day wheel:
and the top of the movement with the autowinding mechanism removed:
I ended up cleaning, oiling and rebuilding this one, but the day wheel problem meant that I would not be using it for this project. Happily I had a 6106C from another watch knocking about. This one did not work but looked in decent nick and probably just needed a service. So a strip down, clean and oil followed, including both diashock jewels, and a refit with the date wheel from the 6119B and the 6309 black English/Roman day wheel. One other key difference between the two movements is that the 6106 hacks. Here is a comparison of the centre wheel bridge on the 6119B with no hack lever, or indeed option to install one:
The rest all came together without the any drama. On with the PO dial, the hands from Detroit, plus a new old stock, domed Seiko acrylic crystal and we have a rather loose approximation to that old fraudulent Omega: