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Author: Collectionist - Replies: 8 - Views: 4200
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: 2 - Views: 1791
Speedtimers of the seventies
The Speed timer is a product line of Seiko’s automatic chronographs from the 1970's. Speedtimer branded watches - 6138/6139 - were mechanically the same as their regular counterparts, but had small stylistic differences that set them apart from the general production of the same watch. They were built in far lesser numbers and offered in fewer markets than their normally aspirated variants. As such Speedtimer are highly priced amongst collectors. It is important to note that not all Seiko chrono
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 12 - Views: 6219
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: 3 - Views: 2181
The lofty men of Omega ain't here
They are at the established fora. Of course. Show them the money.
Author: SeikoMan - Replies: 0 - Views: 841
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: Collectionist - Replies: 1 - Views: 1764
The twin quartz calibers of the seventies
When quartz was well established, at the end of the Seventies, the Seiko 1978 JDM catalogue showed the twin quartz caliber for the first time, however there were (eventually) at least three different design technologies behind the Seiko twin quartz models.
[color=black][size=medium][font=Times]While quartz based watches are extremely accurate compared to mechanical watches th
Author: LondonBoy - Replies: 4 - Views: 2565
Yobokies Beads of rice bracelet
[size=small][font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]I do wear straps on Seiko turtles, meaning the stock rubber, very comfortable and good looking. I've seen great shots of other turtles on isofrane, waffle, NATOS, distressed canvas, and leather straps, and they are nice. But, and that is a big but (pun intended) I've never been a fan of Seiko bracelets. Jubilees look OK, but a beads of rice bracelet on the turtle looks like it belongs there. I think beads of rice bracelets loo
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 1 - Views: 1987
TAPATALK may enter the empire of Watchiwant
The High Council has graciously allowed Tapatalk denizens to be entertained within the castle walls... But you must look for us! And install it on your mobile device....
Author: Retrojack - Replies: 9 - Views: 4020
The size of your watch does not matter
Its the size of your... Kidding here: your wrist of course. Even so, it is all fashion and culture right? I see guys with real diner plates on their wrists and I think.. why not?
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 6 - Views: 3982
King Seiko Grammar of Design
At some time in the sixties Taro Tanaka, Seiko’s first hired graduate of a College Design Program, came up with design rules which eventually came to be known as the “Grammar of Design” at Seiko. He wanted Grand Seiko and King Seiko watches to sparkle brilliantly when on display and without any distortions. 

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The rules were simplicity itself:

1. Perfectly flat surfaces and angles for cases, dials, hands, indexes
2. Two Dimensional faceted curves for the bezel
3. All d
Author: CoolLuke - Replies: 2 - Views: 1704
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: 5 - Views: 1816
State of the collection: quartzes
I will kick this off. These are two of my most beautiful quartzes, partly so because they can be worn or must be worn on leather straps. They are both on a Hirsch Duke..
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 9 - Views: 2858
The way of the dress watch
A dress watch does have some specific requirements. One might even say, it is an oft forgotten set of rules. Let's get to it shall we?

[color=#000000][font=Verdana]Rule number one. A gentleman wears Oxfords not brogues. That pertains of course to the leather. You wear only your Oxfords. No holes other than buckle holes, no embellishments.  Most importantly though, the strap is not too long and does not go around the curvature of your wrist - not eve
Author: SeikoMan - Replies: 2 - Views: 1904
State of the collection: automatics with purple dial
It is difficult to find purple blueish watch dials. The thing is that they shift a lot in color outside to inside, or in the evening. I like that.

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Author: Collectionist - Replies: 3 - Views: 1583
The History of Favre-Leuba
Favre-Leuba, a history that reaches back 291 years
After being sold in 2003 and re-launched as of 2006, Favre-Leuba’s new directors have uncovered a manuscript, dated 1718, which relates how Abraham Favre, a former church elder, began to learn the intricacies of watchmaking that very year. The company itself was established in 1737.

“Favre-Leuba is, without the shadow of a doubt, a great name in Swiss watchmaking, and one we are now repositioning with annual production of fewer than 2
Author: CoolLuke - Replies: 2 - Views: 1887
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: 372
Travails of a King Seiko
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 0 - Views: 421
King Seiko Grammar of Design
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 1 - Views: 1727
The twin quartz calibers of the seventies
When quartz was well established, at the end of the Seventies, the Seiko 1978 JDM catalogue showed the twin quartz caliber for the first time, however there were (eventually) at least three different design technologies behind the Seiko twin quartz models.
[color=black][size=medium][font=Times]While quartz based watches are extremely accurate compared to mechanical watches th
Author: Collectionist - Replies: 10 - Views: 3422
The Number Of The Beast
Soon we will reach the number of the beast - twice. You know not which number is referred to? 666 is generally supposed to be significant.. What will happen to the site at that magic number? Will watch satanists flood the fora? Will they show off their devilish watches? More importantly, what brand would it be!?