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I thought I would post a review of my first watch, which I got when I was eleven - kind of a sentimental review - and yes it was a Seiko. And no, I didn't keep this watch all these years, I actually lost it in the sea after about a year of use, and I happened upon the exact same watch a few months ago on the bay, in very good condition considering its age.



There's nothing special about this watch. It's a Seiko 5 based on the ubiquitous 21 jewels 6119 movement, a reliable workhorse of an automatic movement. The crown is recessed and at 4 o'clock. The time is adjusted by pulling the crown, the day and date by pressing it (if the crown is pressed slightly the date changes, if pressed deeper, both day and date advance). The crystal is acrylic and scratches easily, but this one is in good shape.
It's a relatively light watch at 51.5g (with the bracelet adjusted to my medium size wrist) and it balanced well on my wrist. Case diameter is 38mm. The integral case (the watch opens through the crystal) is made of stainless steel, and the bracelet is folded stainless steel, as with most Seiko 5.

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The watch was manufactured in July 1972. It is 38 years old, and I doubt it has ever been serviced. It's working fine, though.

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Both the dial and the case back sport the Suwa symbol. We know exactly when and where it was manufactured!



I couldn't wear it immediately after I received it, the bracelet was missing a few links and I wanted to keep the original bracelet - I wanted exactly the same watch I had worn so many years ago! ???
So I waited for a donor watch.

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The donor watch was manufactured in 1973, the dial outer ring is a very deep blue, almost black, and the seconds hand is orange instead of yellow. The donor watch was missing the crystal retaining ring, and was in much worse condition overall. But it had enough spare bracelet links, and it could provide other internal parts if needed.
Am I sure this is the same watch I wore so many years ago ? Yes - the dial is quite unique, and I remember the recessed crown at 4 o'clock.

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This humble Seiko 5 is important because it is really because of this watch that I became a wristwatch user and nowadays a Seiko collector. I am happy to have it back on my wrist, and I am not going swimming with it again - ever, promised! :))

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Andrew
 

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gary6213 said:
Very nice review. Thank you. I like to see attention given to the less celebrated models.
Thanks for reading through it, Gary. I couldn't agree more about paying attention to less known watches; in fact I realized with your comment that at least half the watches I own are Seiko 5's and other "popular" Seiko models. And they are indeed good watches and I am proud to have them on my wrist once in a while. :)
 

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Andrew, excellent review. You could consider moving the orange second hand to the blue dial watch. These hands fade easily and the yellow hand would probably have been orange originally.

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martback said:
Andrew, excellent review. You could consider moving the orange second hand to the blue dial watch. These hands fade easily and the yellow hand would probably have been orange originally.

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Hi Martin, thanks for reading through. I confess I lack the confidence to open one of these Seiko's, but your suggestion to change the seconds hand is welcome and will be followed if/when ever I have the watch serviced!
 

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martback said:
I found a picture of a similar watch with the orange second hand for reference.

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Hi Martin,
That one clearly has the same dial but a different case (a franken?). The oval case reminds me of the Omega Dynamic, a watch Omega launched in the late 60's:
http://www.google.com/images?q=omega+dynamic
Is the similarity intentional or just a coincidence? ;)
 

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Hi Martin,
That one clearly has the same dial but a different case (a franken?). The oval case reminds me of the Omega Dynamic, a watch Omega launched in the late 60's:
http://www.google.com/images?q=omega+dynamic
Is the similarity intentional or just a coincidence? ;)
The watch would be genuine. In the Seiko 5 series and similar "value" ranges, Seiko often used the same dials, hand etc both for different cases and different movements. Both the case and the bracelet on this one is quite unusual but would be the same period as yours.

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martback said:
The watch would be genuine. In the Seiko 5 series and similar "value" ranges, Seiko often used the same dials, hand etc both for different cases and different movements. Both the case and the bracelet on this one is quite unusual but would be the same period as yours.

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I see. :) Thanks Martin, you really are the reference when it comes to Seiko's. ;)
 

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Thanks for reading through it, Gary. I couldn't agree more about paying attention to less known watches; in fact I realized with your comment that at least half the watches I own are Seiko 5's and other "popular" Seiko models. And they are indeed good watches and I am proud to have them on my wrist once in a while. :)
..here is an example of my Seiko 6119-7530 which is a bit tricky to take pics of due to its "crystal" glass. Very nice piece that showcases Seikos innovative style/designs.
 

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