My Seiko Bellmatic 4006A is Rusted Solid – Lets get it working! Watch Restoration Project.

My Seiko Bellmatic 4006A is Rusted Solid – Lets get it working! Watch Restoration Project.

December 10, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


A word of advice to those who purchase fix me up watches off
eBay take a good look at the pictures in order for you to
determine wether it will be good value as a restoration project Is the price low enough, what kind of work might be
involved! And how much time you would estimate the project to last.
These are good questions to ask yourself Well it seems I do not take my own advice I was looking for a vintage Seiko Bellmatic on ebay –
something which I might score at a good price do a little work on it and enjoy the product of my labours I found this one! The price seemed good at 85 euros plus another 17 for
delivery so all in around 100 euros. Not bad at all Viewing the picture on my phone the case looked a little
beaten up, no problem that’s easily sorted The glass had a nice big crack in it. Again, no issues there
– aftermarket glasses for these models are easily obtained Looks like the alarm button is missing – easy, I have one in
stock No strap? Great, I like to choose my own straps anyway let’s get this thing ordered “But wait Mark”, I hear you ask “don’t you think it’s a good idea to look further through
the auction description before buying?” No – where’s the fun in that? How bad could it possibly be And here she is, my new pride and joy. Isn’t she gorgeous This thing has been treated like a golden egg as you can
clearly see Notice the attention to detail – when the alarm button fell
off, the hole was plugged with epoxy – perfect The crown pulls out to hand set position but it cannot be
turned this means the keyless works are likely to be rusted up
solid. And opening the back reveals a lot of rust and corrosion If I had looked athe pictures, I would have known this. I have no idea what happened to this watch but it was
clearly used and abused I can only guess. Discarded? Lost outside and found years
later? Do you have any ideas? Answers in the comments below. Anyway – for those who have been watching my channel for any
length of time, I think you know by now I really enjoy taking watches which have absolutely no
business being alive any more I mean complete junkers which should be consigned to the
recycle bin and making something good out of them, without spending too
much money in the process It gives me a certain sense of satisfaction, it helps to
keep my job interesting These projects rarely end up perfect, but we do usually end
up with a working watch keeping reasonable time, and with a bit of a story behind
it. At this stage I don’t know how this watch will end up. Obviously I paid a bit too much for it considering the
condition and I am definitely not going to be spending much more on
it. I do, however, have a few spare parts so I will use those
where I can Small disclaimer.. During this process I actually stripped
and rebuilt this movement and cleaned the parts several times in order to get the final result, this would
have been tedious to film and probably tedious for you to watch so in order to keep this video to a
reasonable length I have created a montage of the stripdown and rebuild with
footage shot at various stages and so there may well be slight
continuity errors In one scene you may see rust staining, and next that
staining is missing, then it’s back again Sorry about that, this took me a long time to film with
literally hundreds of clips totalling over 200GB Having said that I was not able to remove all the stains
left by corrosion from all parts if this triggers you then I can only apologise but it is
what it is For those who are interested, I have uploaded a service
sheet to the files section of our watch repair Facebook group. There’s a link in the
description But for now I am going to strip this down and try to remove
as much rust as possible The alarm indicator dial should be retained by two clips,
one is missing These hands are scratched up really bad, but they are chrome
plated brass and cannot be polished The dial indices are in rough shape also, but again, they
are chrome plated brass and the yellow of the brass is showing though in places I guess it just adds to the watches charm And we can see that this watch was previously worked on by a
graffiti artist I used to know a guy who used to do this! It’s really
terrible practice Removing the automatic bridge I can see one screw is missing And the water has caused corrosion to the automatic
components, looks like I will need to replace the ballrace And here’s another shot of that graffiti. Adds to the
character And here we have even more graffiti. These arrows are
obviously lined up with the crown and alarm buttons I guess the graffiti helped them line up the plate correctly
saving them a minute or two. Nice! And this hour wheel was rusted in place For those who do not know, regarding these screws with three
lines on the head The lines are an indication that the thread is reversed or in other words they have a left hand thread Here this plate should be held with three screws but this is
the wrong screw here and it actually looks like the head is too small, not even
holding the plate at all And yes, the plate just comes away after removing two of the
three screws I will replace the third one later And that’s it – fully stripped down Now I can start derusting and cleaning. This is literally
hours of work There are two steel posts embedded into this mainplate which
are corroded quite badly I am going to remove and replace them They are just friction fitted so the best way it to use a
staking set And with that done, I can do an assembly and see if I can
get this thing working I found this alarm button in my stock, it’s not new but it
will do for now Let me explain for those who are curious… Off camera I have applied an extremely frugal amount of 8200
grease to the length of the mainspring and since this is an automatic barrel I am applying a
special breaking grease to the barrel wall which helps the automatic performance This alarm button release was missing before, luckily I had
one spare We seem to have life, but I can see the amplitude is quite
low Off camera I did record this to be in the region of 145
degrees and the unfortunate thing is the alarm components are not fitted yet – I know these will cause a small further
drop in performance and so this will need to be investigated and
dealt with At this stage I have only cleaned the parts once and without
too much very close attention Later I will strip this and deeply inspect all the teeth,
pinion leaves and pivot holes but for now I want to continue rebuilding to see if there
are any other faults And as you can see I have found a suitable third screw to
secure this plate with First test of the alarm hammer and all seems fine I have found an issue here. When pressing down the hour
wheel it should effectively push the disconnecting lever to foul the hammer thus
disabling the alarm This is not happening. So the alarm is engaged constantly as
a result The reason is this divett embossed into the lever is worn
down I can cause the divett to become more proud but gently
tapping it with a pointed punch on my staking set And this has solved the issue But now it’s the next day and I can see that the watch
stopped on my bench This coupled with the low amplitude observed yesterday, I believe the issue is most likely power transmission. So I
need to inspect the train of wheels very closely And whilst I did find corrosion on the leaves of the escape
wheel pinion I believe this small nugget of rust lodged between two teeth
on the barrel is the cause of stoppage I cleaned those up and rebuilt the watch again And now we have what looks to be a much healthier amplitude Now under this macro lens the indices and the hands are
really going to look terrible but please trust me, when the glass is fitted and just
looking at the watch normally I can say, it looks a million times better. I am not tempted in the least to replace the dial and hands
even though I do have a spare set which are in much better condition than these in short, it doesn’t look so good under a 90mm 1:1
magnification macro lens but it looks great otherwise considering it’s age and the
abuse it has received I’ve seen worse. What do you think? Comments below the video So that’s it, let’s look at the performance So a bit of positional error, but good amplitude and
perfectly acceptable in my book And with that, I can say this project is complete. I put
some new seals fitted a new glass and tarted up the case a bit and I fitted
a new strap and I think the watch looks great, and it functions
reasonably well to boot I’m going to enjoy wearing this watch as I remember how it
was when I received it – a complete piece of junk And now it has life again It’s always good to hear from you so let me know what you
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