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    My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    My daily wearing Heuer of which I purchased in 1982 finally succumbed to a mechanical breakdown & according to Tag-Heuer is not repairable (or so they say). I loved that watch and pondered what to replace it with (budget $3K). Looked all over and just wasn't ready to buy something just to buy something.

    Happened to walk by a Seiko display and fell in love with the SSC-813. Has more bells and whistles than the Heuer of course, but it really looks sharpe and with a change in bracelets (similar to the Hauer), I really like it. Hope it lasts a few years (I won't make another 41 myself).

    Best to all,

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    Re: My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    Your new Seiko looks pretty good.. Enjoy..!!!
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    Re: My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage_Tube View Post
    My daily wearing Heuer of which I purchased in 1982 finally succumbed to a mechanical breakdown & according to Tag-Heuer is not repairable (or so they say). I loved that watch and pondered what to replace it with (budget $3K). Looked all over and just wasn't ready to buy something just to buy something.

    Happened to walk by a Seiko display and fell in love with the SSC-813. Has more bells and whistles than the Heuer of course, but it really looks sharpe and with a change in bracelets (similar to the Hauer), I really like it. Hope it lasts a few years (I won't make another 41 myself).

    Best to all,

    Bob

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    Re: My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    The Seiko looks sharp with the panda dial and jubilee style braclete, nice find.

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    Re: My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage_Tube View Post
    My daily wearing Heuer of which I purchased in 1982 finally succumbed to a mechanical breakdown & according to Tag-Heuer is not repairable (or so they say). I loved that watch and pondered what to replace it with (budget $3K). Looked all over and just wasn't ready to buy something just to buy something.

    Happened to walk by a Seiko display and fell in love with the SSC-813. Has more bells and whistles than the Heuer of course, but it really looks sharpe and with a change in bracelets (similar to the Hauer), I really like it. Hope it lasts a few years (I won't make another 41 myself).

    Best to all,

    Bob
    Ha! Bob, I have that reference as well, and really love it. It was a massive success immediately upon launch, and was sold out for the better part of a year and half after it was introduced. I was finally able to get one at the end of 2022. It's become somewhat "iconic" already and is known amongst watchonistas as the "Seitona". It's my first chronograph (other than my G-Shocks, of course).

    Here's "tabletop shot" of mine...

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    Re: My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    Quote Originally Posted by Fer1000 View Post
    Your new Seiko looks pretty good.. Enjoy..!!!
    Thanks Sir – I’m not a horolofiles but have received several comments from others how they too like the watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by nicoff View Post
    Send your Heuer to Nekkid. There is nothing that he cannot fix. See below..
    Thanks, I just may touch base with him.

    Quote Originally Posted by puroagave View Post
    The Seiko looks sharp with the panda dial and jubilee style braclete, nice find.
    Thanks – of course I agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Puma Cat View Post
    Ha! Bob, I have that reference as well, and really love it. It was a massive success immediately upon launch, and was sold out for the better part of a year and half after it was introduced. I was finally able to get one at the end of 2022. It's become somewhat "iconic" already and is known amongst watchonistas as the "Seitona". It's my first chronograph (other than my G-Shocks, of course).
    Definitely wasn’t aware of that PC – thanks, I’ll make a note of that info. As they say; Cool Beans.

    Best to all,
    Bob
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    Re: My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    Bob, you mentioned your Heuer succumbed to 'mechanical' breakdown. If I'm reading correctly it looks to be a quartz movement, they don't last forever and unless another movement will fit the case that could very well be the issue.

    I owned a similar piece, although it was 10 years newer, Tag Heuer by then, it too died a couple years back.

    Congrats on the Seiko, I have a few in my collection, all good watches
    Cheers ! …. Dave

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    Re: My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikado463 View Post
    Bob, you mentioned your Heuer succumbed to 'mechanical' breakdown. If I'm reading correctly it looks to be a quartz movement, they don't last forever and unless another movement will fit the case that could very well be the issue.

    I owned a similar piece, although it was 10 years newer, Tag Heuer by then, it too died a couple years back.

    Congrats on the Seiko, I have a few in my collection, all good watches
    Depending on the size of the case and the movement, one might be able to replace the Heuer's quartz movement with a Seiko NH35 or NH36 movement, possibly a Miyota movement. A watchmaker could simply transfer the original dial and hands onto the new movement.

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    Re: My 41 year old Heuer died -- a Seiko came to the rescue

    Thank-you PC and Dave. I didn't know that was possible, so I'll jot those movements down and pursue looking into finding a watchmaker after the holiday.

    Best to you Sir,

    Bob
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