This is my story...
Udedokei Suto-ri #1 or how I became a Seikoholic...
Strange as it may seem; recollections of my first Seiko have been lost or buried in my vacuous skull. It took a conversation with my younger brother and sister, last week, to remind me that I actually had a Seiko watch during my time in Singapore!
During those years; the early to mid 60s; Singapore had several theme parks which included theatre complexes, arcades and eateries among other offerings. I remember some of them being named Asia World, New World, Happy World and Gay World(the closets were still full back then). These parks were always surrounded by huge billboards advertising everything from laundry soap to Toray Tetron.
Even the commercials that ran before movies had a large watch content. Most of the Swiss brands had begun advertising heavily and they were all there. I also remember Seiko ads extolling the virtues of wristwatches that were made by robots. One of the more prominent ones I recall was for the Bulova Accutron comparing it's hand assembled watches to a Seiko's automated assembly line watches.
This stuck in my mind as I had recently read Isaac Asimov's I Robot. I guess I had visions of Susan Calvin's humanoid robots standing at an assembly line putting together the watches we were seeing flashed up on the big screens.
It was around that time that I celebrated my 17th birthday and apparently had wanted one of the robot built watches. I do not remember ever having or receiving it but my brother and sister both assure me that I was given a nice gold Seiko with a white or silver dial on a leather strap. They also told me that I didn't have it long as it was stolen from my school locker during a PE class. Perhaps the amnesia was caused by the trauma of loosing it
Another reason I may not have remembered the watch or the birthday is because it was the first time I ever got drunk! Apparently, I was rather upset that I wasn't allowed to go to the club to watch the new James bond picture(Thunderball) and got to sampling the beverages in my father's liquor cabinet :-O Yep; that birthday is a complete blank...D'oh!
So, it would appear I have been a Seikoholic for a lot longer than I thought. It makes sense now when I think of how I always seemed to want a Seiko after returning from the Orient. There is probably no coincedence that my wife gave me a Seiko for my 40th birthday either.
Since I don't remember that very first Seiko, I can't post a picture. It was most likely a hand winder of the 66 type or a earlier versions...and thus part of my affinity to hand winding watchesI suppose pictures of 1965 vintage, gold cased, silver/white dialed, manual wind watches might trigger a memory but I wouldn't even know where to start a search like that.
My disease continues but at least I have a partial cure...