1959 Sea-king removing movement

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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#11 Post by inatime » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:59 pm

stryfox wrote:I don't have an answer on this one but it looks like a split case to me.
The few I have come across that I was not sure 100% if it was a frontloader I would pull the crystal. If the dial is to big to fit out the front the case must have a seam somewhere.
Hope this makes sense.
Thanks Stryfox. JP answered this one as he has the same model (in silver and gold no less) - its a press back.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#12 Post by jp71624 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:14 pm

Just glad to help, Patrick!
Here's a glance at my four Sea Kings, if it helps.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#13 Post by inatime » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:01 pm

Nice collection!

Is it correct back is SS and bezel WGF?
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#14 Post by JerseyMo » Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:58 am

have you been successful at opening the case?
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#15 Post by jp71624 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:32 am

inatime wrote:Nice collection!

Is it correct back is SS and bezel WGF?
Thank you! I've always considered the Sea Kings as one of my favorite models; it was one of the first handful of watches I bought when i started collecting.

I'm pretty sure the "white" model is just stainless, for the price they were selling in part, but also the way it looks. I have a '58 His Excellency that is white RGP, but I don't think any of these were gold filled that I know of. I'll be happy to double check when I'm back in my office.
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#16 Post by jp71624 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:34 am

JerseyMo wrote:have you been successful at opening the case?
I've opened them before, but no picture on hand at the moment. Here's a web picture to show what it will look like, though:
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#17 Post by inatime » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:51 am

Well, I set the sea king aside for some time (as you can tell from the last post) and tried yet again to get the back off. No luck.

I am afraid any further tinkering I will end up scratching the case more that I've already done. Tried a fine razor, removing from the front, and even broke the stem! I suspect that grime, etc. has likely made it difficult as it just won't budge.

JP, is there a stem tube extends through the case to the movement that I see in your last post of the back off showing the movement?

Any suggestions on penetrating oil or the like to free the case back or an alternative technique?
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#18 Post by jp71624 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:35 am

No I don't believe there should be an case tube to deal with, as the post on the crown meets with the stem in a way that it nearly acts as the same, with the inner case seal clamping down and waterproofing the innards...When new, of course. :D
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#19 Post by inatime » Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:31 pm

thanks for the pics, my technique to open is the same. This bugger doesn't seem to want to give. There must be years of crud that has crusted, dried and "glued" the back on.

I'm not sure if there is any penetrating oil i could consider without damaging the movement inside. heat and/or cold to contract?
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Re: 1959 Sea-king removing movement

#20 Post by inatime » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:01 pm

Eureka! Well, some perseverance and losing my fear that I was going to damage the case, I got it open! (albeit only 8 months after first trying) :oops:
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