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Author: Collectionist - Replies: 8 - Views: 4244
Travails of a King Seiko
The first automatic King Seikos were the 5626-7000 KS and the 5626-7040 KS chronometer, grandly decorated with gold medallions on the case back. The design of the 7000 is clearly based on the manual-wind 45 caliber King Seiko, however it features a one-piece monobloc, opened by removing the bezel and glass rather than a screw-back. Also, perhaps more importantly, it has an external regulator, accessed via a small screw between the lower lugs. The 7000 and the 7040 seem to have been produc
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 4 - Views: 2632
A Bell-Matic introduction
The Seiko Bell-matic is a family of automatic watches characterized by having a mechanical alarm that can be set by an internal rotating bezel and activated/deactivated by a pusher located near the 2:00 position of the case. They were available in a wide range of styles and models during the late 60’s and 70’s and featured some of the largest non-diver cases produced by Seiko at that time. They are predominantly powered by a variant of the 4006 caliber of movements.

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Author: Collectionist - Replies: 12 - Views: 6239
Grand Quartz – a decade of innovation
Grand in Gold
The Seiko Grand Quartz first appeared with four models in the 1975 Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) catalogue, in white and yellow gold only. One should not mix these up with the Quartzes of 1974, the 38SQW V.F.A, 39SQW V.F.A or 38QTW, 39QTW, -QRW, QRC, QT etc. Prices of these would vary… but the Grand Seiko was now only second best, depicted here in the ’74 catalogue as cheaper, as separate and to the lower right of the new fangled quartzes! 

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Author: SeikoMan - Replies: 0 - Views: 843
Telltales of a fake Omega
I think it is about time to get into it. Here is some wisdom from the Seikoman...

1 - A fake Omega may have original parts,
That you can use again or even resell and make a profit!

2 - Always compare side by side pictures of this model.

3 - Ask for a certificate of authenticity (Omega gives those for a fee - which you might agree to pay).

4 - Really? If it is too good to be true is usually is. Remember people have access to online resources. Assume that they know their business.

5 - Be s
Author: SeikoMan - Replies: 3 - Views: 2375
A Seiko Lord-matic (extra) Special
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This here is a new old stock (NOS) Seiko Lordmatic Special, JDM Daini division edition - a double whammy (!) as Daini division was always pushing the design frontier, until its demise in the early eighties. This Daini Special Lordmatic then is a self-winding 23 jewels 5606-5050 from september 1972. It has the King Seiko base movement, an automatic that was thinner then all other auto’s of the time. Notice the mention of A at the end of the caliber ins
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 8 - Views: 3333
The Seiko Elnix: a watch electrified
In the short period between 1957 and the mid 1970s Electric Watches reigned. Electric means they have a battery, either a balance wheel or a tuning fork and either electrical contacts or a transistor. This was a very short-lived transitional phase: transistors were just becoming available and mass-produced quartz watches had not yet appeared.

[color=#444444][font=Verdana]Electric Watches really have died out, the last one
Author: Brawler - Replies: 8 - Views: 3414
The movement inside a watch does not matter
I honestly wonder at times what the obsession is with movements. Does it really matter how time is kept if it is done accurately? So therefore:
Author: Fletcher - Replies: 5 - Views: 1943
Keep a mechanical chrono running
It is my opinion that one should regularly activate the chrono function if it is mechanical, this will keep all the gears lubricated. Not doing so will gum up delicate parts.
Author: Todostudor - Replies: 6 - Views: 2193
A screw-in crown is redundant
Just noticed that you always need a gasket to seal it. So a push crown will do the job nicely for us that only shower or swim.
Author: Bronckhorst - Replies: 6 - Views: 2621
A Grand Seiko is just a Seiko
Just trying to get the GS boys to come out of the woodwork  - A GS, that is just a Seiko in my opinion because it too uses the typical fanatical Seiko finishing technique. Well, maybe the zaratsu is different... Finally, is the GS mechanical really that much better than the King Seiko?
Author: Naysayer - Replies: 6 - Views: 1938
Using a watchwinder
Using a watch winder is a must for my collection. I hate to let my watches grind to a halt and then having to fiddle for about 2 to 3 minutes to set them properly again
Author: CoolLuke - Replies: 1 - Views: 1256
Watches 101 - How a mechanical watch works
This is just so nice to look at... classical music, have a glass of wine and educate yourself on mechanical watches. (I am sticking to the title, partly because I find it to be useful and partly because it is a form of clickbait at the same time).

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And here is a very nostalgic video, from the 60's or so I guess?

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Author: CoolLuke - Replies: 2 - Views: 1708
The Seikomatic Silverwave: birth of a diver
The first fully fledged waterproof Seiko watch appeared in 1959 in the form of the Seiko Cronos Sea horse fitted with the 21 jewel manual wind Cronos 54/54A movement. That watch was equipped with a two part screw down case back and was rated water proof to 50m. Although it was actively marketed in some sense as a divers watch, in reality its use would have been limited at best to swimming or snorkeling.

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Author: jpfwatch - Replies: 2 - Views: 2081
FS: Seiko turtle SRP777 black dial on a rubber strap
***** SOLD *****

For sale a Seiko turtle SRP777 in excellent condition.
I wore it a few times.
The watch was bought in the first half of 2016.
It has the original Seiko rubber strap.

Movement 4r36
Case 45 mm
Thickness 14 mm
Lug width 22 mm
Weight 122 gram
WR 200 meter

I can offer this watch for 210 euro + shipping.
Payment by bank transfer or PayPal.
I ship worldwide.
No trades please.

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Author: SaletCivin - Replies: 3 - Views: 1640
Bruce Ballai is a wonderful seller !
Let's start this sub-forum with certainly the most pleasant second-hand transactions I've ever been involved in. 

I bought two watches from Mr Ballai, and both times were extremely happy I had gone with him. 

Same day shipping each time, even shipped according to my specifications, and the watches looked new. 

Prices were more than fair as well. 

Buy with trust. Mr Ballai resides in the USA.
Author: Theman - Replies: 12 - Views: 3917
How to choose a leather strap
Big watches

Just jotting some thought on digital paper here. I noticed that not all watches can handle the same straps and I not talking strap sizes here. Heavy watches for instance will generally not sit too well on the wrist with a supple calf strap unless the watch itself can "hold its own" like the Seiko Turtle, which can glue to the wrist.
Most big watches however need a sturdy, bracelet like strap that will hold to the shape of the wrist and not "flow smoothly". Watch straps tha
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 4 - Views: 2182
The Seiko Elnix: a watch electrified
In the short period between 1957 and the mid 1970s Electric Watches reigned. Electric means they have a battery, either a balance wheel or a tuning fork and either electrical contacts or a transistor. This was a very short-lived transitional phase: transistors were just becoming available and mass-produced quartz watches had not yet appeared.

[color=#444444][font=Verdana]Electric Watches really have died out, the last one
Author: CoolLuke - Replies: 2 - Views: 1899
The Seikomatic Silverwave: birth of a diver
The first fully fledged waterproof Seiko watch appeared in 1959 in the form of the Seiko Cronos Sea horse fitted with the 21 jewel manual wind Cronos 54/54A movement. That watch was equipped with a two part screw down case back and was rated water proof to 50m. Although it was actively marketed in some sense as a divers watch, in reality its use would have been limited at best to swimming or snorkeling.

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Author: Collectionist - Replies: 0 - Views: 373
Travails of a King Seiko
Author: SeikoMan - Replies: 3 - Views: 2039
A Seiko Lord-matic (extra) Special
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This here is a new old stock (NOS) Seiko Lordmatic Special, JDM Daini division edition - a double whammy (!) as Daini division was always pushing the design frontier, until its demise in the early eighties. This Daini Special Lordmatic then is a self-winding 23 jewels 5606-5050 from september 1972. It has the King Seiko base movement, an automatic that was thinner then all other auto’s of the time. Notice the mention of A at the end of the caliber in