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Question about movement replacement

Post by Ofcmark » January 11th 2023, 8:02pm

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A friend of mine approached me about his Takeo Kikuchi watch, he said the battery went dead in it, and he wanted me to help him replacing it. I took it to a small local shop. The jeweler there told me that the battery had leaked and destroyed the movement. He gave me an estimate of $250 to replace the movement I thought this was a little high because about two or three years ago I replaced a movement in one of my work watches and it was $125. I know things do go up but I still thought it was a little high so I thought I’d run it by my fellow Lords to see what you guys thought.
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Re: Question about movement replacement

Post by gerdson » January 11th 2023, 9:12pm

I have replaced quartz movements on two "vintage" Yema divers. It took a while to identify suitable replacements, but once done in my memory the cost was 20-50 USD to source them. But I spent quite a few hours on research, someone who needs to make a living on it may be reluctant to take such an order and try to fend off by giving a very high estimate.
Would You mind to post what movement is in there?
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Post by conjurer » January 11th 2023, 11:23pm

I know nothing about Takeo Kikuchi watches until reading this post; I googled them and was hard pressed to find anything about them other than old ones selling for, I guess, around a hundred bucks. It sounds like the watchmaker really doesn't want to do the work and source a movement and so is gold-plating the bid to try to get out of it, like Herr Gerdy says above.

Unless the watch your pal has some sentimental value attached, I'd recommend he shitcans it.
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Post by ocean » January 12th 2023, 1:52am

conjurer wrote:
January 11th 2023, 11:23pm
I know nothing about Takeo Kikuchi watches until reading this post; I googled them and was hard pressed to find anything about them other than old ones selling for, I guess, around a hundred bucks. It sounds like the watchmaker really doesn't want to do the work and source a movement and so is gold-plating the bid to try to get out of it, like Herr Gerdy says above.

Unless the watch your pal has some sentimental value attached, I'd recommend he shitcans it.

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Post by Ofcmark » January 12th 2023, 2:53am

The jeweler said he was going to use a Seiko movement. I never heard of the brand either my Friend wife is from Japan. Her father gave it to him as a gift so there is a little sentimental attachment to it I have it now and a second jeweler waiting for a second opinion. I too thought that it was possible he estimated the job high because he really didn’t want to do it.
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Post by bobbee » January 12th 2023, 4:17am

Being as you can buy various Seiko quartz movements from 4 pounds for a 3 hander up to 19 pounds for a 6 hander, that price is waaaay expensive.
I have changed several movements in watches and its very straightforward if you have the correct hand to pinion size/height, it just means removal of movement and hands, swap hands over and put back in the case.
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Re: Question about movement replacement

Post by Racer-X » January 17th 2023, 4:46pm

Ofcmark wrote:
January 17th 2023, 2:05pm
So the sales person at the store called me today.
I was told the movement that they were going to put in the watch was a Seiko YM 55A I don’t know if this helps. I asked what was in the watch currently and he did know he was only going by the notes on the work order.

Available here for $25 (New but no stem/crown. S=Seiko/Epson/Hattori)
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Post by jason_recliner » January 17th 2023, 5:20pm

Ofcmark wrote:
January 17th 2023, 2:05pm
So the sales person at the store called me today.
I was told the movement that they were going to put in the watch was a Seiko YM 55A I don’t know if this helps. I asked what was in the watch currently and he did know he was only going by the notes on the work order.
Lost my money :dssd:
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Re: Question about movement replacement

Post by Ofcmark » January 18th 2023, 2:10pm

jason_recliner wrote:
January 17th 2023, 5:20pm
Ofcmark wrote:
January 17th 2023, 2:05pm
So the sales person at the store called me today.
I was told the movement that they were going to put in the watch was a Seiko YM 55A I don’t know if this helps. I asked what was in the watch currently and he did know he was only going by the notes on the work order.
Lost my money :dssd:
Not really we still don’t know what was in the watch they were going to replace it with a Seiko movement
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