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Review Seiko Advan - glitz for the young
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The Seiko Advan as in "advanced design" is a watch typical of the affluent seventies. This mid range innovative watch was targeted at the richer baby boomers of that time but remains in demand with vintage watch collectors right up to the current day and age.
This particular model is of course asymmetric and for that reason alone very rarely seen. It has many features in common with the lower end 5Actus and the higher end King Seiko Vanac, like achieving the glitz, sparkle and light reflections by using a gradient dial and a multi-facetted crystal. And let us not discount the crazy case design.

       

This 25 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 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 is the only thing you will ever do.
The Advan has a very prominent emblem, a solar-sign right smack in the lower half of the dial, it may remind the spectator of the Monster series “The Sun” logo. One peculiar horological tidbit of the Advan line however must be revealed now: as far as logo's go the Advan has, for particular models, the logo engraved on the crystal itself! This is the case with the 7019-7150. Sadly, these crystals can be more expensive than the watch itself these days...

   

Well, on with the Advan featured... The day of the week on this beauty is of course shown in blue for Saturday and red for Sunday. A very particular choice has been made by Seiko to advertise the 25j movement and the Suwa division logo right under the calendar window. Speaking about the dial, accuracy is also a proudly claimed by displaying the 1/5 seconds, for what else would they signify? This is not a chronograph, but apparently a chronometer.

       

The clasp shows Advan of course, engraved in a corrugated pattern. The finishing on this watch and the band is exceptional. Indeed, the Seiko 6106-7551 is a classic for a number of reasons. First of all, apart from that 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 lume application combined with the chunky lumed hands looks sporty but classy at the same time, and the orange seconds hand adds to the brashness of this hippy generation watch.
The same can be said about the dial finishing. It absolutely sparkles in the light, which is dynamically projected on it by the facetted glass, and honestly is much better finished than so many of the Swiss watches of the period.. Writing? There’s not that much and the little that’s there is purposeful and well distributed.

   

Photos from seller,  more to follow
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Better response on post RE: Seiko Advan - glitz for the youngNice review - once again! For everyone I included a link to the Advan adverts, the happy beach life for the young indeed...
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(03-30-2018, 11:10 AM)Harry Wrote: Nice review - once again! For everyone I included a link to the Advan adverts, the happy beach life for the young indeed...

Hehe, now we have the full package. The unattainable simple pleasures of the past - when the beach was not littered with plastics  - oh well.
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Strange watch - but I get it, it is the wrist thing... the crown won't ever bite it.
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What a spectacular watch! The degree of finishing and the attention to detail are second to none!
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Update to the main article...
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Great watch, and an apt description of it. Love that orange seconds hand! But that asymmetrical case.... superb. Only question remains, is it a watch for righties or lefties?
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(04-10-2018, 07:59 AM)Oompaloompa Wrote: Great watch, and an apt description of it. Love that orange seconds hand! But that asymmetrical case.... superb. Only question remains, is it a watch for righties or lefties?

That would be lefties, the design is obviously meant to minimize crown bite - great for guys that like to lean on their desk with the hand flat.
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(04-10-2018, 08:02 AM)JLannister Wrote:
(04-10-2018, 07:59 AM)Oompaloompa Wrote: Great watch, and an apt description of it. Love that orange seconds hand! But that asymmetrical case.... superb. Only question remains, is it a watch for righties or lefties?

That would be lefties, the design is obviously meant to minimize crown bite - great for guys that like to lean on their desk with the hand flat.

Maybe a design influenced by Giugiaro  - oh wait! That was later... Seiko really does do avant garde stuff..
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