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Thought you would like this "watch" story about my folks. They were wonderful people and the story is a testament to their love for each other. My father told me a story that reflected the close love he shared with my mother. Mom had given him a watch on their 25th anniversary and dad wore it proudly every day. About ten years later, mom suddenly took ill and had to spend some time in the hospital. At the same time, dad's watch stopped. Thinking the battery had run down after all those years, dad took his watch to the local jewelry store. The jeweler looked at the watch, looked at my dad, wound the watch and gave it back saying, "Ted, I remember selling this watch to Emily a long time ago; it doesn't use a battery." Dad was perplexed, finally realizing that from the day mom had given him the watch, they had never spent more that a day apart. Apparently each night before going to bed, mom would go down to the den and, while tidying up dad's things, would wind his watch. Dad finally realized that his watch was powered by much more than a replaceable battery; it was powered by the strength of the bond between them.
This is beautiful thank you for sharing.
Who's cutting onions?...🤣
@Richard Gilbertson well he does mention the watch makers are i think still in biz or was it another vid? hm brain already forgot but just save like 300$s for a watch for one to last this long. and give it the servace every so often
Lovely story and lovely watch. Amazing dial. Anyone know of anything similar in todays market?
This vid was worth every minute, as always. What a gorgeous dial!! And incredible story. So awesome that it was in such good shape internally and that it runs so great again. I hope Sandra and her family are pleased and enjoy it. May God rest the souls of both of those men.
I have a somewhat similar story - my mother was a NAUI divemaster and instructor all over the south pacific in the 1970's - back before wrecks were protected, you could just take stuff from them. So she has a small collection of little things that she took - with meticulous details as to when, where, and what in her dive logs. One of the things she found was an old fountain pen on a sunken WWII japanese transport - the Akibasan Maru. In the forecastle. She took it home, put it in a box, and 35 years later gave it to me. I was kind of astonished that it was in stellar condition - japanese fountain pens, even cheap ones, were coated in Urushi Laquer, and that urushi had slowly deteriorated away to reveal the ebonite underneath, but in doing so, no sealife had grown on it, and it had an insane patina. The 14k nib was intact, all the threaded bits worked, and I figured it was restorable. But Japanese eyedropper fountain pens require specialty work that nobody outside of Japan will touch. So I reached out to Wancher, a japanese pen manufacturer that was running a promotion on selling freshly restored vintage japanese pens. They wouldn't even let me pay for shipping, immediately taking it and sending it to one of their elderly restorers. It took over a year, he had to take a break for chemo treatments, but he replaced all the original seals and now it holds ink and writes again. 35 years in the ocean, 40 years in a box. I know the ship sank with all hands in 1944, but unfortunately the pen wasn't engraved with a name. If it was, I would have loved to see if there was any remaining family and return it to them, but alas, it's just an artifact with an amazing story that is now in working condition again.
Fountain pens are great too, the cheaper modern ones wouldn't hold up to that, galvanic corrosion and plastic deterioration would take their toll on the acrylic bodies and steel nibs probably, but there are plenty of other more expensive modern ones that would. I have a "small" (if 15 pens counts as small) collection and I hope that one day someone can enjoy them just as much as I have. Just hope my baystate blue doesn't stain the world
@Colin Martin Yes, it was a secured area. Sadly, the guy was dead on impact.
thats crazy insane story. ALso your mom is super cool
@Colin Martin,there is a charitable group in Astoria Oregon that specializes in things like this.The Obon Society.Hope it helps.
@Jordon oof. Morbid, but interesting (I hope you checked for a pulse or called 911 first)
A very deeply moving story as I am from Newfoundland, Canada where commercial fishing was our main way of life for over 500 years. When you told the story I got chills up my spine as we Newfoundlanders are very familiar with marine tragedies. Thank you.
I usually just watch, and don't often comment, but this video struck differently. My father got diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago and fought bravely till the end. The watch he wore most of the time during his life and was on his wrist when he passed is sitting next to me. I wore it on my wedding last year, and I'll make sure to wear it when my daughter gets born in 2 months time. This way I feel like he's still with me. experiencing the things I would have loved for him to experience with me. Thank you for the respect that you showed, the final scene on the beach accompanied with the silence gave me the same feeling I get when I take a look at my fathers watch. Watches really are something special... Take care.
Wow... Man this hits home. My dad passed away in 2013 after battling Cancer for 3 mo before he passed away from it. Not a day goes by that I don't pass something in the house that he had touched. So glad you have that watch.
more power to you my man
You usually just watch but this time you wanted to make a pun
What a story, what a watch. It's great that it was made functional for the family. May he rest in peace.
@Dale Luffman you might try a patreon donation and a nice message
@Dave Pirtle Hi I have my brother's benrus for 45 years . He hadn't wore it for a while it's Import to me I 76 years old
Do people ever take a watch and place it at the grave sight ? Or if cremated with the person's ashes? Wow that's a beautiful watch! Gorgeous
@Dale Luffman Contact Marshall..see if he's interested..if you dont have a local watchmaker...!
Seiko watches 😍
The final image of the watch sitting on the beach with the sound of the lapping waves was a fitting tribute to the lives lost and the history of the watch. Well done.
Ngl hit me a bit hard. Beautiful story, excellent work ❤
Great restoration Marshall. Good on you for helping that family.
Well I can unequivocally say that this watch & restoration is one of my favourites. 👌 Sandra's story resonated with me on so many levels... I even visited Yamba with my dad on one of our many road trips up the NSW Coast when I was a kid. Being typical 80's east coast Aussies our family would spend as much time as possible either _on_ or _in_ the water, and I have many vivid memories of dad swimming, fishing & BBQ-ing with a Seiko very similar to this one. He applied the same philosophy to watches as he did with tools... always buy the best tool for the job, even if it costs a bit more because the higher the quality, the longer it will last you. I definitely inherited his taste in watches along with his spending philosophy, and I have his watches sitting alongside my own in my watch box... still working 3 decades later & I love wearing them. Sandra's dad's sounds like someone my own dad would have loved to grab a beer with.... may they both rest in peace. 💜
I just started watching your videos and I'm stuck. Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail. Makes me hope everyone takes this much time and effort when working on watches (but I doubt it). I may start dabbling, thanks for everything I'm subscribed and look forwards to more!
What an amazing story, my Respect to you for the way you conduct your hobby and videos, and for the people you help in many Ways.
I love the channel and love this video! You don’t know how refreshing it is to hear someone talking during a repair video!!!
Marshall, it's a testament to your skill, not that you could restore the watch, but that anyone would ENTRUST you to restore that watch. That's a privilege well-earned, and I appreciate being able to join you for the experience.
I live a couple of hours north of where this tragedy unfolded. Yamba is a small coastal town in northern New South Wales in Australia. It is an absolutely beautiful piece of paradise, and anyone who lives there has a close relationship with the ocean. The trawler boat operators and fishermen there are salt of the earth. They work hard and honest. The family deserve a memory of their dad/granddad. You are a great story teller Marshall as well as a very capable watch repairer. From Australia, much respect and admiration. This story touched me deeply.
Likewise am about 100km north of Yamba many fond memories of visits there. I was only 2 when this tragedy occurred but my father says that he believes he remembers it. It was so pleasing to see the watch restored back to the condition it was in the day the wearer and his mate set out to sea, Marshall did a brilliant job. I find the process of restoration fascinating and now because of this episode I am binge watching his channel. You are right about the paradise part, I am happy to be back in this little corner of Australia after being away.
Such an amazing story and unexpected restoration of a movement that should have been a pile of rust in a case. You did your usual great explanations of what and why you were doing things. Much appreciated. This is one of my favorite channels!
I never get over the awesome vintage cleaning machine. - Also the mainspring tool!
There are few content creators that I can sit through and watch a 30+ minute episode without leaving my seat. You are one of those. Thank you for the great technical content and storytelling. It is a joy to see another of your videos posted. Again, thank you!
That watch is so pretty I went out and found one to add to my lineup. Haven’t had great luck with vintage but had to try this one. We’ll see when it arrives.
What a very sad, but great story. Thank you for sharing, and restoring this little gem. Hopefully, the granddaughter will appreciate what this watch has been through, and when it represents.
wow what a restoration , so so well done , what a watch it looks gorgeous , well done Marshall .
Awesome job - and even more awesome watch. This would be my favourite. Love your channel 🙂
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Hi Marshall, I'm a 13 year old and you got me into watchmaking which brightens my day, everday, reinstalling a balance wheel and it coming to life. It's more therapeutic than anything else.
@Glitch TTG Cool!
I'm 14 and same here!
Your channel got me into the hobby properly and I love the 7005 movements as they are a great starting place to learn. Vintage watches are full of history but not normally on the scale this one is. Another superb restoration, although I must confess to saying you need to refit the magic lever when the bridge was going on!
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I would really love to see the owners reaction after the revival. Please Michael, can you do that for us...
That black watch face is one of the sweetest looking watches I’ve ever seen. I would love to own one like it.
Great videos! Any literature that you can recommend for someone that wants to get started in this hobby and wants to learn about the parts/movement mechanics? Thanks!
Amazing story, good restauration job! Be careful with the oiling of the stone of the balance bridge, the first drop you did made a "bean shape" drop which will lead to a massive amplitude drop on some positions. Also with those mouvements, be careful with the second hand fitting, without a pusher under the pivot, you can accidently push the stone by pushing the wheel itself and have a huge play after. Keep up the good work !! 🤜🤛
Marshall, This is a very sad story, and a really great video, Thanks for posting it. I have been subscribed for a while now and really enjoy watching you work. In fact, you have impressed me so much by this and other videos that I want to ask if you would have any interest in possibly restoring a couple of very sentimental watches of mine that need some serious help? One is a really cool Swiss made ROAMER Mustang Automatic D & D. It was purchased in Switzerland by my Uncle who gave it to me several years before he passed away. The watches Day dial is in German, which is really cool. Anyway, it stopped working back in the 80's and has been in a box ever since. The other watch is my grandfathers retirement watch, He gave it to me before he passed away, so it really means a lot to me. It is a 1970's era Gold plated Bulova AccuQuartz, Unfortunately it is battery powered, and since I haven't seen any of your videos where you have worked on one, I'm not sure if it would be something that you would be willing to take a look at. Anyway, it also stopped working years ago, so I removed the battery and it has been in a drawer ever since. Both watches really mean a lot to me, and as you might guess, I would absolutely love to get them repaired and back in service so that I can wear them again. I wore both watches back in my teens/early twenty's and, unfortunately, I stupidly abused both of them. Please let me know if you would like to know more, I have photos of both that I can send to you if you have any interest. I'll gladly send you my email address if you would like to talk. Thanks in advance, Rich
Awesome job, great looking watch, ty Marshall for posting, love your channel G'day from Australia!
hello, i love the job you did on this watch. i was surprised too by the fact it survived all those tragic events and the watch interior is intact. can you mention the ful model of the watch and if it still manufactured these days and if a good collectable item. thank you.
Probably my favorite restoration so far. Awesome
Gosh this is a Seiko ad without being one. The fact that this watch held up this nice after an accident like this is testament to amazing engineering
@papayaIsAvegitable According to the case back, it's a Seiko 7005-8022. Seems to me to be very similar to the 7006-8040 Weekdater (which I really like!) but just showing the date and not day. Both such nice-looking watches!
@hindra sanjaya pretty sure Seiko Epson owns Orient 💯
@Silent Gloves Citizen watches is Seikos competition
i still, for the love of god, understand why people love to make fun of seikos
Hey by any chance do you know what model the watch is
That was a great last shot. Perfect way to end the video story of this watch
Marshall, I'm a long-time viewer and love your videos but this one was special. I was inspired by the story and struck by the condition of the watch after such an ordeal and then sitting for so long, that I now have the very same watch. I know this is a very longshot that you will even see this, little on have the time to answer, but I am struggling to find a replacement crystal for mine and I can't quite catch which one you used from the video. Is there any chance you could share a part number for the crystal for this case? I would be grateful for any help!!
It's strange to me that I see so many watches from the 70's where the dials are in poor shape in normal wear. This one was in the ocean for 3 days and is also from the 70's and it looks new.
Lovely watch, similar to my 1976 Seiko 5 Actus japanese day-date, it has the same dial design, hands, and case style. The crown is positioned at the 4-o-clock position though. Tragic story, and a wonderful thing for you to do for the family. Thanks for the video.
A worthy 38 minutes of highly entertaining video on the weekend! Thank you!
Absolutely love your work. That you can help people physically retain such meeaningful memories is simply wonderful. I've learned a lot from your videos; thank you 😁👍🏽 Would really like to see you re-lume every once in a while though (not that this particular piece needed so).
wow ,amazing you got all the screw . awesome video . i still have my seiko dad gave me 45 years ago as graduatian gift . still is run on time . thanks for video .
Lovely restoration of a supper little watch - keep them coming !!👍
As an Australian, & working in various trades, we needed a decent watch, & that was it, Seiko was the bench mark, I was into scuba diving at the time so something with a movable bezel that worked at depth under water was a most have, another great video.
Marshall, I just want to thank you for sharing your hobby via this channel. Before I subscribed to your channel, my YouTube ads were NOT interesting and showed me stuff that I was absolutely uninterested in. Since subscribing to your channel, I've started to see ads about wristwatches and I love it!
great job young man, great back story also
I found this weirdly emotional. Something about watches that are so sentimental, maybe because everyone has had one, they are very symbolic..like your first watch, your graduation watch, wedding present etc...but damn that that watch woke up
10 for the last scene, beautiful restoration bro!
I basically never comment on videos but this hit differently. The very last shot got me shivering... Beautiful - the watch, the video, the execution! Wow!
I'm not really into watches however I love watching these videos especially ones with a story like this one. Not only do I find the incredible engineering that goes into these things fascinating but how much knowledge and skill even an self-proclaimed amateur watchmaker like yourself needs to have to work on one
Hello Marshall, I personally consider myself a big fan of Seiko (Even my printer is Epson) and I think this is one of the most special. Not because of aesthetics (that dial is beautiful, of course) but because of the story it carries with it. I think you’re a very respectful professional. If before I admired you for your skill with the screwdrivers, now I do it for your ethics. Greetings from Mexico.
Question, does the watch actually stop running when you’re winding it for a split second? If so, technically, wouldn’t it stop winding every time it automatically winds up?
Hands down, your channel is on my top 3 of watchmaking channels, Mr. Marshall.
Relatively ‘simple’ movement, compared to the Seiko Bell-Matic. Good restoration here.
Got to love that made in Japan quality. The stuff just works.
Great job. I do not need another watch but I would love to have a watch like that.
Nice work and the story quite emotional. Cheers.
Mate, I so enjoy your calm likeable manner. I watch your videos occasionally because well, you calm me down. I hope you are doing really well with your youtube channel.
Go Seiko! That fact that this watch survived at all, and then started running 45 years later, is a testament to the build quality of a Seiko. Gosh, these videos are addictive. Thanks for another great tutorial.
This is a wonderful story and the watch turned out beautifully. I got lucky with a Seiko 5 SNK809 which is about 7yrs old & is accurate to about 1min/mo. My nephew was gifted a Seiko mechanical JNR 1982 railroad pocket watch "61 movement". I hope he enjoys it.
What a tragic story but thank you for restoring this heirloom. I'm sure it means so much to her. I have the cheap and non-descript Army Issue Hamilton my grandfather wore when he went ashore on Omaha Beach and wore all the way into Germany. Not worth much except to me it's priceless. Not all watches have diamonds or something to make them precious. Do you use any oil or grease on the gasket before seating the back?
Beautiful watch and wonderful job. Wow indeed !!
Seiko is a good easy to aquire watch brand, I went with their sister brand Orient for my first watch and my collection has been growing since. Got started after watching your channel funnily enough, watching how these things work and go together fascinated me beyond belief, deffinitly a fan of exhibition casebacks, open heart, or good skelitonized watches that let me watch it work
Quite a tragic story, and one that I can empathize with somewhat after losing my father suddenly. The mere fact it survives at all, let alone how little rust there was, is a testament to how high quality those Seikos really are. I don't know of many watches that could survive three days at sea and decades of neglect, only for a routine service to bring it back to life. What a watch, and what a story. I hope Sandra gets to enjoy her keepsake for years to come.
7:45 those date wheels haven’t seen the light of day since he was alive and looked at them. Incredible. Having inherited a 70s Seiko Automatic from a passed on relative myself, I must say wholeheartedly BRAVO in this restoration and what peace / strength it must give the family having this running. Great video thank you. Eternal rest grant unto him of Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen 🙏🏻
My parents bought me that watch when I was 15. I loved it lost it dirt bike motorcycle riding i wish I could get it back again.
Your videos are very well done with excellent pacing and editing. Your VO is great. BZ!
I don’t know why, but I can’t stop watching your videos. It makes me want to delve into watchmaking. I’m a helicopter mechanic, and love working on things.
Try what Marshall is doing since you know how to make things work. You might enjoy moving from the large stuff to the small stuff. It would make a change/ challenge for your enjoyment.
@Wristwatch Revival: In the first third/half of the video, something is vibrating at low frequencies whenever you lay down the watch, parts of it or work with tools. Somehow the microphone seems to pick up the vibrations of your workbench. Can this be? Anyhow: Great work! Really great work - as always. Thank you for your skilled efforts and presentation!
nice work, i would like to now how much such a good service would cost.
That turned out beautiful!
do you record your voice in real time with the clip or is it afterwards, great video, and microphone quality
What a sad but lovely story, people who work so hard and take such risks to look after their families have my total respect. Nice watch and great work too.
A testament to a well made watch and a piece of family history restored. I feel there were tears shed when Sandra received it! Thank you for what your expertise and getting it to live again. NGL when you put it on the timegrapher and you got those numbers, I scared my cat by loudly slapping my hands together and yelling "F88K Yes Marshall is THE MAN", and no, no one was cutting onions to cause the tears in my eyes.
I just want to commend you on your work. I was randomly linked your page about a Rolex restoration, I thought I would watch 5 mins, I watched all 50+mins of it. I thought that was cool, but I couldn't see myself watching another, I have since watched 5 more of your videos. You have a unique way of capturing attention, drawing someone in and keeping their focus. I think it is your attention to detail and just positivity that keeps me coming back. Cheers sir!
I’m a new viewer from the seawater damaged Rolex which was…wow! I have few words beyond that to describe what you did there. Having watched a few more of your videos, one of the qualities that stands out is your interest for all watches, not just expensive ones. Had I come across a watch like this Seiko, I would have likely thrown it away thinking it was junk. Through your video, I now have an appreciation for them. Actually, I can now understand why people love collecting watches. The inner workings and all the tiny pieces that make a watch run are just incredible and hard to believe we’re created in the 17th century. The engineering of it all is astounding.
That dial was absolutely flawless! Amazing story and a perfect restoration. I’m sure Max would be eternally grateful for his daughters and your own efforts in continuing his memory.
I have to say, Marshall. I'm only 4 minutes into the video, and I was NOT expecting that story at all, but if there's anyone who can do that watch justice and reunite that family with a little piece of their fathers memory, it's you. Excited to watch it through.
Thank You Thank You Thank You. You've just shown the world how cool machanical watches are, and at the same time shown how much work goes in to them. At the same time explaining it all in a way everyone can understand. Just love how passionate you are. It's a sad thing that happened to this lady's father but I'm sure getting his watch back working will lift her heart. Many thanks for posting. Much love and respect from the UK.
Marshall must have lots of new viewers every week. I haven't heard him go back to basic explanations like this in a while. The story is heartbreaking, but that something was able to be saved is great, and now the owner of this watch will have memories of her dad with her, and be able to make new ones.
I love how you explain everything in every episode so anyone watching, even if it's their first time, can follow along. Great story and great video as always.
A great Advertisement for Seiko! Really nice of you to recover this family heirloom.
What a beautiful dial! I have several Seikos myself, including a more modern version of this, a SNXS79. Sandra will be absolutely over the moon to have it revived and working again after so long, especially with what it means to her. Awesome work Marshall!
Agree! :) I have the SNXS79, same color gradient with this.
I found your channel today. My husband loves his watches. When stationed with the US Army in Berlin as a gift I got him a SeIko 1989. Beautiful watch with a lot of sentimental value. It stopped working and now no one seems to be able to fix it. He takes care of his collection extremely well. We are about to celebrate our 50 th anniversary. I will love to surprise him with his working SeIko. Can you guide me or maybe tell me what to do. Is there an email we can communicate?
I love watching your content, you’re a great teacher. These are the sort of things I would love to do for people, can’t wait to become as proficient as you, Marshall
I'm a car guy who wound up on a watch channel. And I love it!
Such an special restoration, and what a wonderful last shot at the beach that is.
Amazing story , Amazing workmanship , Touching story , and a beautiful watch . How good it must be to have the skills to put such a precious keepsake back in the hands of loved ones.. You should be very proud of what you achieved here Marshall.. You are gifted in every sense of the word , but chiefly in your humanity .
I am a weird person who believes that objects have souls or at least carry some energy of their precious owners. Amazing video as always. Thank you.
i bought my dad a watch more of a dress watch, but he wore it every day and he loved it, but he could NEVER get to change the date on it (had a day and date on it) so every time i met him 1st thing he said was "fix it for me please". when he passed i was given the watch back took out the battery set date and time to his death and attached it to a photo i have of him i can not bear to wear it the memory's would hurt too much.
45 years old and the face looks brand new. I need to get me a watch like that
I live on a boat on the West Coast of British Columbia, I work at the Cowichsan Bay Maritime Centre, on Vancouver Island. Storms can get very violent and boats beside me have ended up on the nearby rocks if thier ground tackle gives way. I have followed this gentleman for quite a while and in awe of his talents...this ocean related restoration I found close to home. I have lost a few friends to the deep, this has a wonderful back story. The restoration was wonderful. The family should be overjoyed!!!
Excellent story - and Watch! But sadly I cannot wear Movement watches, I kill them - and believe I tried a lot of them. I even had a friends Father assure me that I would harm his Automatic Omega Watch, it lasted about 3 days. I'm not sure what he did with it - he wouldn't say.....?? So, I wear a Seiko Battery Watch - the only numbers on it are V657-8060 [R1]. It was a gift I was given about 18 years ago! It works like a dream, except the Stopwatch hands are not quite right. But I never use that anyway. But I've worn it every day! Most probably very cheap - but I'm happy! I like the way it glows in the dark....
A view from the UK. I put a question to you on a previous video, perhaps you missed it, can i ask it again? As an experienced watch repairer, you have seen many movements. Is there any real difference between a Rolex movement and an Omega one?
Stories like this makes me love even more what you do Marshall. I hope the Family will enjoy and cherish this watch for many years to come.
Great video, as usual! Something I'm curious about is how you work on such small stuff, vision wise. Do you have a jeweler's loupe type setup, or do what you can by eye, then go to some sort of macro camera or stereo microscope for super detailed stuff?
I dunno if you want ideas for a fun video, but I would love to see you buy one of those mechanical “luxury” watches on ebay (around 20$) and take it apart to show us why they are cheap junk compared to the quality watches you work on most often.
Amazing back-story. As always, love your passion restoring vintage watches.
Marshall that dial looks brand new. Wow, super kudos to Seiko for the effectiveness of the case seal. As you suggested, water resistant does not mean water proof.
This will be extra special for the daughter with her being able to see the refurbishment of the watch.
Found your channel recently and found it fascinating. Has anyone ever told you that you sound like a serious (no stoned) Seth Rogen?
I love Seiko's and nice to see one without the later plastic components in the movement. Once I'm gone the only keepsake of my personal possessions will be a handful of watches.
Awesome story rip to her dad
Did you lubricate the rotor bearings off camera, or is that not needed? Excellent content :)
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