What can I expect to pay for a Seiko 6390 7049 ?
What can I expect to pay for a Seiko 6390 7049 ?
That's 6390 7040
If you mean 6309-7040 anywhere from £100 to £250 depending on originality and condition
Fast and bulbous.
that's right, The Mascara Snake. Fast and bulbous.
Also, a tinned teardrop.
Bulbous also tapered.
I do mean 6309 7040
As said, about 100- 150 for a 6309 made up of mostly after market parts and in good order or 250- 350 upwards for an all original 6309 dependent on condition and servicing. I sold my all original 6309-7040 bought in 1977 for £280 but it was pristine and had been serviced.
Have a good read up on what constitutes after market parts (Visit SCWF for in depth discussion).There is a huge difference in quality. If you can, save up for an all original. You won't regret it in the long run and you can move it on easily. Regards.Kev
They are great watches, but with these, you get what you pay for. I've got one that's been relumed and recently serviced. I did pay a mighty sum for it, but it's worth it.
Last edited by yonsson; 23rd December 2012 at 10:41.
You can have my very early, all original, serviced example for £450. Maybe
Thanks for the info, I've been offered one for £145,has a replaced dial and new bezel insert, both aftermarket, your thoughts.....
Hard to say without pics and condition. Personally I understand aftermarket inserts, they tend to wear. Are you sure you want an aftermarket aka fake dial?
I have an all original and a repolished with new insert. If you look you can find original for just a little more.
Andy, why is that, I am led to believe they are original Seiko aftermarket new dial and bezel insert.....
And I would never buy a 30 year old watch that hasn't been serviced.
I have never seen an original seiko aftermarket dial for 6309. They don't exist. Perhaps one from another watch but dials for these - or bezel inserts - are not available from Seiko. Many guides to spot fake dials but without pics nothing to say for sure.
Aftermarket dials are easy to see. They don't have a beveled date window.
Right, thanks to all for your input, think you have answered my question, leave it alone...
Don't be put off they're a great watch.Get a photo and post it there are lot's of experts here who can give you really good advice.
each to his/her own and so forth. A question like this is going to promote a plethora of answers which contents scatter to form a wide spectrum of subjective truths. In other words pay what you think is fair and dont look back. Me personally, I prefer either all original or all tampered with. - I utterly dislike original dials and hands in good condition being relumed. - If you want lume, please buy a new watch or use aftermarket dials and hands with after market lume put onto them. But that is just me. If you go for one, make sure that the bezel clicks properly, that you know the servicing history (or count the possible servicing cost on top of the purchase price), know the condition of the lug holes and first and foremost the condition of the crown/tube threads - I personally will pass examples that have less than 3 + finger turns on the crown and/or which have a ragged feeling to the threads when screwing in/out. Add the usual yaddayadda on knowing whether parts are original or not and please do buy the seller first, not the watch. All that and.
As a side note, please do acknowledge that you can save quite a bit (both in buying price + forthcoming service costs) by pursuing something a tad more rugged than the 6309 in the form of vintage quartz: 7548 and 7C43. Yeah, they do lack the cushion case and do have batteries in them but they are sturdy indeed and have a plethora on technological inner beauty to themselves, especially so in the case of the 7C43. In case these are new models to you please find enclosed a couple piccies below:
7548 with a after market bezel insert and domed sapphire crystal:
All original 7C43:
And another all original variant of the same ilk (7C43) - pic by Mike Mounce:
Then - if you belong to them wise people who do not abhor quartz - you could go all the way and get a kinetic while you still can. - There are some truly awesome gems to found on that department...
The one I miss dearly:
Don't be put off buying one wiith aftermarket parts if you just want a watch to wear and enjoy. But don't pay much more than the aforementioned £100. Later, if you decide that you like the 6309 as a model and that you may be interested in acquiring several mint all original Seiko divers, then by all means begin pursuing a mint all original 6309. But be prepared to spend some time studying the various different ways to tell an all original, and only buy one that's running well. There are several people who specialize in Seiko service and restoration. They are usually a good place to start when looking for a pristine example.
Myself, I took a modified 6309 in trade, and I couldn't be happier - because I own it to wear it. If I had an all original example I'd most likely be afraid to wear it. It would be a safe queen for me. The one I have has an after market re-lumed dial, an obvious after market insert and a set of MM300 hands. But it runs like a top, and looks like I want it to look (each to their own, right?).
Why not?,I would expect it to be for sale at a price reflecting this and so priced for YOU to have it serviced then you know it's ok.I can't say I have ever been bothered about a watches history or whether it has had a recent service,If it works as it should then I'm happy,when it stops then it would go to the doctors to be fixed,oh and of all the watches Iv'e had Iv'e yet to have had a watch that has died,so I guess they are pretty robust things these watch thingys lol.