Learn With Me · Vintage · Watches

Resizing a 1976 Seiko Watch

So, I will be the first to stand up and say I feel like my generation has lost an understanding of some stuff. Most of us don’t know how to darn holes in socks anymore or bake a not-from-box cake, but we’re not the only ones slacking in the knowledge game.

My Baby Boomer mother recently let me have her old favorite watch, but she warned me it didn’t work anymore so I’d have to look into replacing the battery at best, getting it repaired at worst.

I took a look at it, then looked at her, then looked at it and pointed at the windup nob.


She thought it was broken because she forgot that some watches are windups. Even, apparently, her own watch.

Oh my.

Anyway. Free watch.

This simple beauty is a Seiko 1520-3679, manufactured in December of 1976. Unlike a gorgeous, rhinestone encrusted probably 1940s era Welsbro watch that belonged to my great gran that I’m trying to dig up information about, Seikos are pretty common and well-documented and so it was really easy to learn about this watch using a handy website.

A little while back, my grams purchased a watch toolkit for me for about $10. We’d both taken our watches to a big box jeweler to get links added or removed and paid something like $18 each for the privilege. She’s frugal as hell (got that Depression Era conditioning wuuuut) and thought that, with my good eyesight, it’d be a better value to hook me up with a toolkit in case we needed future work done than to keep paying someone else to do it.

Can’t argue with that.

However, I’d never changed out watch links before, so it was going to be a learning experience.

After reading the booklet, I got the watch all set up in the little pin pusher tool thing and was feeling pretty good about myself. I gave it a little twist and waited for the pin to pop out. It proceeded to not do that and to bend the post on the tool.

Helpfully, I would bend two tool bits before figuring out that these pins were fucking screws.


So after getting my shit together and switching from the cool and exciting watch tool to the more mundane mini screwdriver, I was able to get the pin to move and pop it out fully with another tool from the kit.

(It was pretty simple to add in the pin back in.)

Originally, it fit right up against my skin with no wiggle room. I could wear it, but it wasn’t super comfortable, so I was only wearing it once in a blue moon.

The little wiggle room really helps all kinds of ways with the comfort levels, so I anticipate putting it on a lot more often now. I like the look of wearing a watch, even if cell phones do the job of clocks these days.

It’s a pretty well-used watch at this point, but it’s been keeping time accurately and I like the kind of simple lines. Good stuff.

Now is when I’d ask a leading question to inspire comments and community engagement like A Good Blogger should, but I don’t anticipate many readers, so it’d feel a little contrived.

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