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I'm going to have to blame Phil over at the Seiko7a38 forum for this acquistion:

Topic: Seiko B&R 2628-0040 - Seiko 7A38 - by the numbers

Once I saw the pics I knew I had to look for one since I was already doing some shopping on Yahoo Japan.

This is a Seiko 2628-0040 Military Cockpit Sytle Watch. Quartz movement from the 1980s as it was part of the SilverWave line:
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Caseback:
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I believe the original strap is a standard rubberized 22mm Seiko Diver:
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Here's another profile shot. It actually has a striking reflective dark blue dial:
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I don't have a movement shot but here was one from an old sale:

http://www.thewatchsite.com/8-seiko...-0040-military-cockpit-style-watch-175-a.html

I don't think a lot of these are left in great shape since the black plastic decorative casing gets brittle over time. When buying rare watches I try to find a junky one that I can salvage for parts if necessary so here's my other one in bad cosmetic shape but actually running quite well. The black plastic kept flaking off the cover so I'll need to figure out if there as way to remake it...but that'll be a project that I'll leave on the backburner for now:
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Cheers,

-Brian
 

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Beautiful, and that dial! And the numerals are more understated than the B&R's, which is another positive IMO. I second your idea of buying junk watches for parts, something I'm doing trying to do myself.
 

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Interesting post. I thought B&R were pretty original with their design. I guess Seiko was first, unfortunately way ahead of its time. Credit to B&R for making this look popular. Now, I love Seiko even more, though
 

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There aren't too many square case designs that look good, but I think this one does a great job!
 

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Maybe 3D printing for the black plastic shroud?
3D printing would be a good idea to replace a lot of vintage watch parts. I think black plastic is pretty common for the printers since I remember years back I did a rapid protoyping project that was made in black plastic similar to the one flaking off my 2680.

Problem is a one-off would be pretty pricey.

I can tell you that I could probably make some of the money back printing the black bakelite bezel for the Seiko 5717 and 5719 one-push chronograph as I just recently paid an arm and a leg to get one of those NOS bezels. Problem is that you'd only have a limited run since there's only a limited number out there.

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I am picking this up WAY after you submitted, but I am going to have a custom piece created to replace the broken shroud. I'll post up here when it's done.

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3D printing would be a good idea to replace a lot of vintage watch parts. I think black plastic is pretty common for the printers since I remember years back I did a rapid protoyping project that was made in black plastic similar to the one flaking off my 2680.

Problem is a one-off would be pretty pricey.

I can tell you that I could probably make some of the money back printing the black bakelite bezel for the Seiko 5717 and 5719 one-push chronograph as I just recently paid an arm and a leg to get one of those NOS bezels. Problem is that you'd only have a limited run since there's only a limited number out there.

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I am picking this up WAY after you submitted, but I am going to have a custom piece created to replace the broken shroud. I'll post up here when it's done.

JR
Du you know how to get the shroud off from the watch? I want to take mine off and change/polish the crystal. Anoyone know about a replacement crystal too?
 

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Du you know how to get the shroud off from the watch? I want to take mine off and change/polish the crystal. Anoyone know about a replacement crystal too?
did you have any getting the shroud off? I am looking at 3D parts needed as well.
 
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