Seiko 1040 Oiling Points – Watch Lubrication Guide

These oiling points have been taken from the Seiko Watch Lubrication Manual which recommends the following watchmaking oils:

Seiko Recommended Oils

Seiko Watch Oil S-2

Use S-2 oil as a lubricating oil for slipping attachments of the automatic winding mainspring without a black ring mark on the barrel cover.

Replacement Oil: Moebius Natural Grease 8200 / Moebius Natural Grease 8300

Seiko Watch Oil S-3

Use S-3 oil as a lubricating oil for slipping attachments of the automatic winding mainspring with a black ring mark on the barrel cover.

Replacement Oil: Moebius Natural Grease 8200 / Moebius Natural Grease 8300

Seiko Watch Oil S-4

This is a grease-like oil with an excellent extreme-pressure characteristic. Use this oil for lubricating and preventing abrasion on automatic winding mechanisms, setting mechanisms and so forth.

Replacement Oil: Moebius Synthetic Grease 9501 or Moebius Synthetic Grease 9504 (Ideally) or Moebius Microgliss D-5 / Moebius Synt-HP-1300 9104 (as an alternative)

Moebius Synt-A-Lube

This lubricating oil is applied to those parts most sensitive to friction loss; such as the pivot of the front train wheel, pallet jewel.

Replacement Oil: Moebius Synt-A-Lube 9010

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Seiko 1040 Setting / Train Wheel Mechanism Oiling Points

Winding StemSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Clutch WheelSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Winding PinionSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Setting LeverSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Setting Level Pin (Hole)
Setting Wheel PinSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Intermediate Setting Wheel (Tube)
Setting Wheel Ring
Yoke PinSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Minute Wheel Axle or PivotSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Contacting Portion of Yoke and Yoke SpringSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Contacting Portion of Plate and Setting Lever
Intermediate Minute Wheel Axle
Day-date Corrector Wheel Axle
Day-date Corrector Wheel Rooking Lever
Cannon Pinion Axle, Center Tube
Setting Wheel Lever Complete
Setting Wheel Lever (Axle)

Seiko 1040 Front Train Wheel Mechanism Oiling Points

Barrel ArborSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Complete Barrel with ArborSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Center Wheel & PinionSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Third Wheel & PinionSeiko Watch Oil S-4
Sweep Second Wheel & Pinion, Fourth Wheel PinionMoebius Synt-A-Lube
Sweep Second Pinion
Escape Wheel & PinionMoebius Synt-A-Lube
Pallet Staff (Pivot)Moebius Synt-A-Lube
Pallet JewelsMoebius Synt-A-Lube
Balance Staff (Diashock)Moebius Synt-A-Lube
Intermediate Wheel for Minute Pinion & Driving Wheel
Cannon Pinion Off Center
Crown Wheel Ring (Wheel)Seiko Watch Oil S-4
Intermediate Ratchet Wheel Screw, Ring
Crown Wheel (Tube)
Sliding Crown Wheel Axle
Winding Up Wheel
Intermediate Winding Up Wheel
Micro-adjusting Wheel
Micro-adjusting Axle
Friction Spring for Sweep Second Pinion
Barrel-driven Minute Pinion

Seiko 1040 Automatic Winding Mechanism Oiling Points

Pawl Lever
Eccentric Post
Transmission Wheel
1st / 2nd Reduction Wheel Pivots
2nd Reduction Wheel (Tube)
2nd Reduction Wheel (Teeth)
1st Reduction Wheel Eccentric Portion
1st / 2nd Reverser Idler Pivot (Axle)
2nd Reverser Idler Teeth
Locking Pawl
Deferential Wheel (Locking Ratchet Wheel)
Roller Locking Wheel (Pivot)
Oscillating, Weight Fork (Axle)
1st / 2nd Locking Wheel

Seiko 1040 Calendar Mechanism Oiling Points

Canon Pinion
Intermediate Date Wheel Axle (Pin)
Date Driving Wheel (Axle or Tube)
Date Jumper
Date Corrector
Date Corrector Lever
Contacting Portion of Date Corrector and Date Dial
Date Corrector Pin
Date Corrector Finger (Pin)
Date Corrector Spring (Pin)
Date Corrector Wheel Axle
Date Cam Jumper (Setting Surface, Pin)
Date Finger Pin (Date Cam Jumper)
Date Cam (Eccentric Portion)
Lever Slide Pin
Day Jumper
Day-date Corrector Wheel Rocker (Tube)
Date Driving Wheel (Tube)
Contacting Portion of Plate and Date Dial
Day-date Corrector Finger Pin

Seiko 1040 Stopping Mechanism Oiling Points

Sliding Crown Wheel
Pillar Wheel Ring (Outer Circumference)
Pillar Wheel Ratchet Column
Balance Stop (Lever Tube)
Balance Stop Lever Spring (Tip)
Contacting Portion of Operating Lever and Plate
Contacting Portion of Operating Lever and Guard
Operating Lever Spring (Tip)
Contacting Portion of Operating Lever Guard and Spring
Tube for Hammer (Adjustment Disk)
Hammer Spring (Tip)
Tube for Fly-back Lever
Fly-Back Lever
Hammer (Contacting Portion of Hammer and Plate)
Contacting Portion of Pillar Wheel and Pillar Wheel Spring

Seiko 1040 Bell Alarm Mechanism Oiling Points

Alarm Setting Lever
Button Axle
Intermediate Wheel Rocker for Alarm (Tube)
Intermediate Wheel Rocker for Alarm
Setting Wheel Rocker Pin
Alarm Bolt Yoke (Tube)
Alarm Bolt Yoke
Intermediate Unlocking Wheel Axle
Intermediate Date Driving Wheel Axle
Disconnecting Lever
Intermediate Alarm Setting Wheel Axle
Alarm Hammer Pivot
Alarm Wheel Pivot
Hour Wheel Pivot
Unlocking Wheel
Alarm Setting Connection Wheel (Axle)

Seiko 1040 Chronograph Mechanism Oiling Points

Fly-Back Lever Pin
Fly-Back Lever
Contacting Portion of Fly-Back Lever and Bridge
Pillar Wheel (Column, Ratchet)
First Coupling Lever (Tube)
Second Coupling Lever (Tube)
Hammer (Pin, Axle)
Contacting Portion of Hammer and Hearts
Minute Recording Wheel
Pillar Wheel Ring
Operating Lever (Axle)
Center Chronograph Wheel (Axle)
Brake Lever
Coupling Clutch
Coupling Wheel

Seiko 1040 Oiling Guide: Essential Tips for Precision Maintenance

Ever opened up the back of a Seiko watch and wondered about those tiny drops of oil glistening on the gears? Well, you’ve stumbled upon the heartbeat of any automatic watch – lubrication. Oiling is as essential to your Seiko as that morning cup of coffee is to me. It’s all about keeping things running smoothly and ensuring the longevity of the watch’s intricate design.

If you’re a watch enthusiast or a budding Seiko modder, getting to grips with the oiling process is paramount. We’re not just talking about slapping on some lubricant and calling it a day. This is about understanding the precise design of your Seiko’s automatic movement and where each precious drop needs to go. Oiling isn’t just routine maintenance; it’s a surefire way to ensure your timepiece ticks along without a hitch for years to come.

So, arm yourself with a magnifier and a steady hand, because I’m about to walk you through the zen of Seiko 1040 oiling. Whether it’s your first dive into watch maintenance or you’re an old hand at Seiko mods, I promise you’ll pick up some nuggets of wisdom to keep your beloved timepiece in tip-top shape. Each pivot point and gear interaction has its own lubrication needs, and knowing them is like holding the secret map to Treasure Island.

Understanding Seiko’s Oiling Requirements

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

Ever wondered why your Seiko keeps ticking like a champ? It all comes down to regular maintenance. Friction is the nemesis of any mechanical watch, and the internal components of my Seiko are no exception. They need to stay slick to keep everything moving smoothly. If I skip the scheduled service intervals, the friction can cause wear and tear, ultimately compromising the accuracy and lifespan of my beloved watch. The mainspring, barrel arbor, center wheel, third wheel, and escape wheel are particularly vulnerable. Keep them well-oiled, and they’ll keep on trucking.

Choosing the Right Lubricants

Picking the right lubricant is like selecting the perfect ice cream flavor—it has to be just right for your taste. Seiko’s intricate mechanisms call for specific oils, like Seiko Watch Oil S-4, or synthetic options such as Moebius 9010 for high-friction spots. The barrel and calendar mechanism often work well with a thicker oil, Moebius 8200 or Kluber P125, which keeps those parts running smoother than a jazz saxophonist on a Saturday night. Newbies, beware of using incorrect or low-quality oils; it’s the fast track to a watchmaker’s bench. Always stick to the recommended products and watch your Seiko outlive even the proudest tortoises.

Step-by-Step Guide to Oiling

Oiling a Seiko 1040 is crucial to ensure the smooth operation of its tiny, intricate parts. Let me guide you through a methodical process to disassemble, clean, lubricate, and reassemble your watch, enhancing its longevity and precision.

Disassembling the Watch

First up, create a clean workspace and lay out your tools. You’ll need magnetic tweezers, a parts tray, and a bezel opener tool among others. I start by carefully removing the watch’s case back and then proceed to systematically dismantle the components, placing each piece in the parts tray to avoid any heart-dropping, where-did-it-go moments. Pay special attention to the delicate automatic winding mechanism and pallet fork as you go.

Cleaning and Preparation

Now, let’s deal with any gunk. I use Rodico 6033 cleaning putty to gently remove debris from the parts. It’s also a perfect time to clean the jewel holes and cap jewels, ensuring there’s no residue that could impact the lubrication process. Remember, cleanliness is next to godliness, especially when it comes to watch maintenance.

Applying the Oil

With a selection of oils at hand, each with its own viscosity for specific parts, I use watch oilers to apply just the right amount of lubrication. Synthetic oils are your friend here, as they’re engineered for longevity. Do note that the barrel arbor and the high-speed balance cap jewels demand oil with a low torque specification, while the automatic winding mechanism benefits from a slightly greasier paste.

Reassembling and Testing

Finally, bear in mind that reassembling is like putting together a puzzle where each piece has its rightful place. I meticulously replace each component, starting with the low-speed areas like the mainspring barrel, and working my way up to the second wheel and escapement. Once reassembled, I check the watch’s functions to ensure the chronograph and automatic wind are smooth as silk. If all feels good, it’s back on the wrist it goes, ready to tick away joyfully.

Seiko 1040 Oiling FAQ