Seiko 7S26 movements can be had here
for $50 posted and any decent watchmaker should be able to swap it over in 20 minutes... I tinker with/modify Seiko's and had I spotted this thread earlier I would have offered to help. The offer still stands so shoot me a pm if you still need any assistance or get the urge to mod it
That's partly the problem, though, these days.
Don't get me wrong - I get cost effectiveness and all that - in many cases, it's a deskilled scenario, just to not bother with what's wrong, and simply swap out the movement. And as you say, with a smattering of tools, patience, and a reasonable environment to do it in, it's not terribly challenging.
Problem is, it's such a waste in many instances - I've seen it with both kinetics and Seiko autos - many repair shops will just evaluate and swap out the movement - but you've only to see in ernie's example, that often that may well not actually be that cost-effective, depending on the skill and knowledge of the person looking at the movement.
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