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  • Another Seiko incoming.

    I did say I wanted an AGS Flightmaster, but the price is prohibitive, and I think this is the next best thing. It still cost me more than my brand new Prospex chronograph, even though it's junk rated, but in the notes it said, ticks for a couple of seconds after being shaken, so it probably just needs to go for a nice long walk or maybe it needs a new Panasonic MT920 installed, I'm pretty hopeful it's going to be be okay . It's the 5M45 movement, GMT, titanium bracelet, monocoque case, and a sapphire crystal.
    P.S. A little about the history of this model in the YouTube clip below the photos.

    N.B. The original 7 day power reserve, referred to in the clip, is due to the original capacitor ESU and is dramatically increased with the use of MT920 Li battery cells, bringing them more in line with the reserve quoted for the later 5M6X movements.

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    Last edited by Tim.; 09-21-2018, 10:41 PM.

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    Nice, I've always liked those - congrats!

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    • #3
      Love that Landmaster, Tim! Congratulations!
      JP

      They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike D View Post
        Nice, I've always liked those - congrats!
        Originally posted by JP(Canada) View Post
        Love that Landmaster, Tim! Congratulations!
        Many thanks Mike and JP, I'm really looking forward to it arriving. I'll probably give the bracelet and bezel a little tidy up and send it to my watchmaker for a replacement battery and pressure test. I'm sure this one's going to see plenty of wrist time this summer, both in and out of the water.

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        • #5
          This watch arrived today, and as I expected it just needed a little exercise to get going. I've had it on for about half the day and it's showing 2 days charge atm, the sapphire is unmarked and there are as expected, a few scratches on the bezel and bracelet, nothing too bad though. The 24H hand is currently showing London DST and the leaf stuck behind the watch is showing I've just been in the yard mowing. It's interesting, this is the first watch I've owned with a compass bezel, it doesn't click, I guess it needs to be at a precise point rather than 1/120th of an hour. I will probably still send it to my watchmaker for new seals and a pressure test, so he might as well replace the battery at the same time, for now though, I'm pretty happy with it.

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          • #6
            Looks great to me - clean crystal and minor scratches, which if you wear your watches, you'd get anyway. Nice score.

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            • #7
              Cool watch!

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              • #8
                Thanks.

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                • #9
                  Just an update on this. As I said initially, I was planning to send it to my watchmaker for seals and a new battery, which I did. While it was there he discovered there'd been a little moisture in at some point and the pivot was worn off the generator rotor. So, battery and seals have been replaced along with the pivot (this part is no longer available for the 5M45 movement, however the 5M62 pivot is identical and still available), it's been pressure tested and it's running on time to the second. He charged me AU$65 including labour. I'm going to be very sorry when my watchmaker retires and I have to pay real world prices for repairs. As a matter of interest the pinion in these tiny generators can sometimes spin at up to100,000 rpm, although the moisture may have played some part in this, it's no surprise that the pivot could be worn after 22 years.

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                  Last edited by Tim.; 10-29-2018, 08:19 AM.

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                  • #10
                    I like it, NICE!

                    Kurt
                    "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

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                    • #11
                      Looks great now, especially for a 22 year old - glad you got it sorted out.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Kurt and Mike, I just checked the Seiko date finder and it was made in July '95, so it's actually 23 years and 3 months.

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                        • #13
                          Very nice! I was just looking at another one as well. I've had a couple of these Landmasters. One gained about 1-2 seconds per month. Still kicking myself for selling it. BTW, Japan Seiko will still service these and upgrade the movement to whatever the current GMT kinetic movement they use.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kevin M View Post
                            Very nice! I was just looking at another one as well. I've had a couple of these Landmasters. One gained about 1-2 seconds per month. Still kicking myself for selling it. BTW, Japan Seiko will still service these and upgrade the movement to whatever the current GMT kinetic movement they use.
                            Thanks Kevin, I might write to them and investigate that possibility, I understand the current movement has a shutdown feature and will hold charge for up to 4 years, it automatically re-sets when you start moving the watch again, I believe you've got to re-set the date manually though.
                            Hmmm, now I'm in a quandary, upgrade or keep it original?
                            Last edited by Tim.; 11-03-2018, 09:35 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tim. View Post

                              Thanks Kevin, I might write to them and investigate that possibility, I understand the current movement has a shutdown feature and will hold charge for up to 4 years, it automatically re-sets when you start moving the watch again, I believe you've got to re-set the date manually though.
                              Hmmm, now I'm in a quandary, upgrade or keep it original?
                              I'm guessing that is the 5m85?? I had one with the 5M65 movement. Great and a true GMT function too like the 45. I am no as familiar with the 85 though. I know the some kintetic movement would stop the time display and go into a sleep mode, automatically adjusting to the correct time and date, but I have been out of the Seiko world for a few years now. I may have to track down a LM myself now

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