Another day and another unusual Seiko. This Champion is not running and not exactly living up to it’s name;) Let’s see if we can change that!
I’m not 100% sure about calibre as the only marking I can find is 72, Please correct me if you have any more information on the matter.
The balance bridge reminds me of the King Seiko.
I find these early Seikos suffer from screw heads that break off…
Seiko made some cool futuristic dials.
Setting/winding mechanism. Unfortunately the setting lever spring is broken and I’m not able to get another one. (I even got a donor watch, but that also had a broken setting lever spring)
Movement coming apart.
Movement cleaned and ready to be put back together.
Movement coming back together. The mainspring was broken and was replaced with one that I measured up from the old one. (forgot to take photos)
Grrr not again.
Take two! Now with the barrel bridge and crown wheel screw from the donor watch;)
Here you can see the gear train lay out before fitting train bridge.
Movement back together and ticking.
I’m happy with the performance of this old Seiko.
The case was missing a pendant tube so I fit a new one.
Movement back in the case looking very good. The setting mechanism still works fine with the broken setting lever spring.
The future is here today!
I really like these early 60’s Seiko manual winds, the movements are funky, reliable and have a great design.
I have managed to find a NOS setting lever spring and have now replaced the old broken one.