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Review 5Actus for hippies
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The Seiko 5Actus was a product line launched in the '60s and continued in the '70s, it consisted of both Seiko 5 Actus and the regular Actus - with an emphasis on styling. This particular innovative design was targeted at the baby boomers of that time but remains in demand with vintage watch collectors right up to the current day and age. It is after all the very first Helmet design, which would be reiterated in the 6139 helmets.
The 5Actus seems to come in both rather conventional and "mod" designs, but the "mod" Actus was not as radical as the Advan and Vanac mod styles. The 7410 shown below could be considered radical design for the reason stated above, not only that but also for being waterproof (a big deal in those days). For the young it stated in the adds "go anywhere, do anything!"

   

This product line used 6106 and 7019 movements - there may be others, but these two are the most common. Both were reliable automatic movements. The only real difference between the two movements is the 6106 used two screws to hold the winding rotor in place. Date languages used were English/Japanese only. Strangely enough then the Latin word Actus used for this watch, meaning a unit of length, progress, moving through, series/sequence, act, performance (of play), delivery, action, or deed...

   

This 23 jewel 6106 hackable but no manual wind (!) movement was introduced in 1967 with its first iteration, the Kanji only day date 6106A with sweeping seconds and a power reserve of 46h. It was revised twice in the next two years adding a day quickset, the 6106B appearing in 1968 and the 6106C in 1969. The 6106C (this watch!) only has the dual language day wheel, Kanji and English. All three however have the quickset feature to set the day and date by pushing the crown in by two discrete steps (first push date, second harder push day). It is of course very practical to not have a big crown if pushing and time adjustments are the only things you will ever do.
The clasp shows 5Actus engraved of course. The finishing on this watch and the band is exceptional. Indeed, the Seiko 6106-7410 is a classic for a number of reasons. First of all, apart from that uniquely avant harde case design, the dial is so well spaced out that the bezeled day/date window is somehow hardly obtrusive. This may be to the relief of the firm resistance some have when it comes to watches with these indicators paired. Finally, on the versions with applied indices, the chunky highlighted hands look sporty but classy at the same time.
Writing? There’s not that much and the little that’s there is purposeful and well distributed. The label “SS,” for instance means Second Stop and indicates the hacking feature. Some call it the “Seiko Spirit.” When pulling the crown to set the hands, all time automatically stops.

   

Photos are from the seller, more to follow...
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Nice to see that review - and what a nice watch to find! Here is a link to some 5actus adds. (Elsewhere on this forum of course).
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Better response on post RE: 5Actus for hippies5 Actus is one of my favorite watches - without too much pretentions it is still a great watch with the minimum requirement of the second stop! And you get all of the crazy design features too for a bargain price, eat that Omega or Rolex!
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Well, Omega can be groovy too - in their vintage days of course...
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Oh yeah, definitely feeling that watch, would look great on a leather strap...
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Better response on post RE: 5Actus for hippiesThis is getting interesting, I found some variations on this theme... Yes, all helmets from the late sixties.

                       
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Better response on post RE: 5Actus for hippiesWell, I promised to post some new photos. I decided to put on a leather strap just to see if that would enhance or detract from the looks.

       
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Nice photos, and I think that leather strap suits the watch just fine.
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Yes, strap is fine. Just do not switch to black as this is not a very formal watch.
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Much better on a strap, for sure. I like the outdoors feel of that color combination.
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Yes, it is a very "organic" watch. Drapes around the wrist - very nice photography by the way.
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I love that vintage movement, it is so noticeable the way that rotor winds. Like a hockey puck going around inside. Reminds you of a perfectly functioning machine...going down the dust road in a vintage Volkswagen Beetle..
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About that 6106 above... the UFO. I just bought one recently that has been completely serviced and is running like new again! This model 6106-8410 is actually the sibling of the one with the lighter dial and minute markers. This one just has the hour markers! Seiko did this occasionally and to me it is always a nice break from tradition.

                   
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I like those big blocky sixties style minute markers! It provides great legibility without any need for lume...
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