I’ve always been fascinated with old stuff, things I remember my grandparents having that I wasn’t allowed to touch. This includes old pianos, cars, art, furniture, and watches. I never inherited some of the great timepieces that I admired so many years ago, so I started collecting some. I’ve always been partial to dive watches of all brands, but Seikos have always been a true love. Many think of the Japanese maker as low-end or even grossly utilitarian, but they are an influential brand in this watch genre and are responsible for some stunning watches. A recent acquisition is the Seiko 6105-8119, this one a fine and all original example from 1972. An iconic case design and one of the first rated to 150 meters. It’s shown on a reproduction of the original rubber waffle strap.

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Equally interesting is the function of the mechanical movements in these watches, the disassembly and assembly being a task worthy of the highest caliber of heart surgeons. Here’s a picture from a recent project, the movement is out of its case and at the beginning of disassembly:

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It remains to be seen if this patient lives!