I waited a whole five minutes before I decided to open the watch and take a look at the movement. And yeah…I didn’t stop after lifting the back cover. I didn’t have my tool box with me at that time but I still managed to take off the blue outer bezel and remove the crystal. Unfortunately while taking out the movement I removed the stem and made a mistake while doing so. I wiggled the movement before putting it back and couldn’t get stem back in place. That is a whole different story that lead to another adventure I will talk about some other time. For now, take a look at the watch without the bezel and how much dirt was beneath.
Cleaning the parts I had access to did take some time and I’m nowhere to be done yet. I cleaned the bracelet and the bezel but the most challenging was the crystal. I did some research and find out that the original Seiko Hardlex crystal can be polished with a sand paper… so that is what I did next….