Welcome! That is a pretty Alpina. I like its style. I too would be very careful about polishing it up at all. If you decide to though, there are silver polishing cloths you could use. I wouldn't use anything stronger than those, if at all, and I'd use a very gentle touch with them.
You could put a polishing cloth on the rounded end of a little paintbrush handle and just sort of "spot polish" the vine patterns and border. That might work. But I'm still leaning toward leaving it be.
This always amuses me as a wonderfully ambiguous statement. Lubricated for life? which is how long....?????
One wonders if Seiko would provide a free replacement spring and barrel if it were found to be faulty after the warranty period has expired on the grounds that a reasonable lifetime for the watch (and therefore any component contained therein) is significantly more than the normal 1 year warranty period that is usually offered, especially since in practise their watched have been shown to last 50+ years.
My company still follows a traditional of giving gifts to employees who reach certain anniversaries with them. Having been offered a choice (and being who I am) I chose the very traditional choice of a watch. Only new quartz watches were being offered, so I chose this nice Bulova. It is on its way. My father owned an exquisite wind-up Bulova and it was superb. I am curious how the quartz ones compare.
Not some actual "hands on" progress on the movment today.
But some more good info collected!
Found this! It certainly clears a few things for me. So it is the same movment as the FHF 96. So I think I let it in this thread. For future rerference on this movment. Hopefully it helps some more ppl. (hope it is ok to share this)
Another pleasant news. Is HSL has offered to donate a spare movment.
Im humbled of his offer. I offered to pay something for it. But he galantly refuse!
Thank you HSL. It will defenetly help my skills move forward!
"Note: I recommend to not disassemble the barrel on the 6R15 movement, because a special material (SPRON 510) mainspring is used link, for which one would not find an exact replacement, and the barrel is sealed and lubricated for life. If there is any issue with the mainspring, replace the barrel complete."
any other watches have this special barrel? lasts how long 100 years?