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Seiko 5126-8090 "The Kamen Rider"



It is strange and interesting how an ordinary object can become imbued with significance through the most casual, inadvertent association.

One such example is the 1968 Seiko 5 Sports 5126-8090 which, because it was worn by the star of an early 70s Japanese television program, has recently become known on the web in Japan as “the Kamen Rider watch”.



Before there was Power Rangers and Trasformers, there was Kamen Rider.

Kamen Rider (仮面ライダ) was a tokusatsu superhero television series that debuted on Japanese television on April 3, 1971, and ran until February 10, 1973.


If you look closely at this video, you can see the 5126-8090 on the protagonist's wrist.



Kamen Rider is set in a world plagued by Shocker, a mysterious world-wide terrorist organization formed by remaining members of the Nazis. To further its plans for world domination, Shocker recruits its agents through kidnapping, turning their victims into mutant cyborgs and, ultimately, brainwashing them. However, one victim named Takeshi Hongo escapes just before the final brainwashing.



With his sanity and moral conscience intact, Hongo renames himself Kamen Rider, and he and his band of motorcycle-riding superheros battle Shocker's minions.

Kamen Rider is widely viewed as one of the milestones in Japanese pop culture, greatly revolutionizing the Japanese superhero and action genres, effectively becoming the figurehead of classical superheroes and the idea of "poetic justice" in Japan. The cultural impact of the series in Japan even resulted in the naming two minor planets in honor of the series: 12408 Fujioka, after actor Hiroshi Fujioka (who played Kamen Rider), and 12796 Kamenrider, after the series itself.



The watch worn by Takeshi Hongo (played by actor Hiroshi Fujioka) was the Seiko 5 Sports 5126-8090. Apparently the watch was not intended as part of Hiroshi Fujioka’s costume or as product placement, but was simply the actor's personal watch which was inadvertently captured in many of the shots.





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The most unique feature of the 5126-8090 is the silver, unnumbered dive bezel. Its blunt lines gives this watch a very modern, Bauhaus-like look, setting it apart from all other Seiko 70m sports diver series, as well as any other watch of the era that I have seen. Seiko had some much funkier designs for the Japanese market than they did for the rest of the world, and the Kamen Rider is a good illustration of this.


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The Kamen Riders are rare, rare, rare. When one does come up they are either in the $600+ price range or beat to hell.



But maybe my ship has finally come in. I recently won one at a price I could afford, but it's a gamble. Right now I am waiting for this rough looking 5126-8090 to be delivered. Here is the seller's photo alongside the watch I aspire to make it into.




What secrets lay underneath that scratched crystal? Time will tell.



 

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Very interesting back story. I was watching that one on eBay recently but I lost interest once it passed the $50 mark. Of course I didn't know then that it was the Kamen Rider!!
I would say it went to the right person. Good luck with the restoration!

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Very interesting back story. I was watching that one on eBay recently but I lost interest once it passed the $50 mark. Of course I didn't know then that it was the Kamen Rider!!
I would say it went to the right person. Good luck with the restoration!

Agreed ! Congratulations !
 

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thanks for this thread -super cool and informative.
 

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I didnt know the story behind these models. Cool! I believe it is one of the first sports diver models too, probably after the 6106-8100 the second one they built. I seen examples as early as March 1968.

This model is perhaps my favorite of all the Seiko sports divers. A cool design but not over the top and at 39mm a very good size too. I find it hard to imagine why a 62MAS or 6105 costs so much more. Or you can see it from the different side, that these models offer great value for money. I was really lucky to pick this one up locally for an absolute steal.

 

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Yup. Cool watch actually, and another great thead of info. You need a haircut likeTakeshi Hongo or just get the full outfit and get a pic for wruw. :)
...or grow some of those Elvis sideburns..Thank you..Thank you very much
Just kidding. I really enjoy reading these threads. Something new to be learned everyday. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Relumed to kinda look as vintage (worn! :) ) as the dial. There was some interesting....dirt....around the plots. I thought it looked quite cool afterwards and I hope you can use it in something John?











The green lume was like rock....not like nice old Seiko lume that can come away quite easily. The plots were heavily corroded so I painted them silver and then layered the lume. I might actually redo this one...but I found a better set if handa and so will decide then. This also had some slight signs of wear but overall I think looks a lot better.



5126 needed a new mainspring and balance as the pivot was damaged. Also a new upper diashock. Love these movements, though.


 

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I got a black one in last week;


Cleaned up the case, dial and bezel and changed the crystal and gaskets. I wish I had the original bracelet, but I think it looks good on the generic oyster. The machine needed NOTHING. But I'll still probably have it serviced sometime in the future.

I'll pose it with the silver one when it arrives from the UK.

Those 5126 movements are amazing creations.
 

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My white Kamen Rider just came back from Guy. In my opinion, the only thing that distinguishes his work from the original is that the original has flaws, his has none.

While it's a bit of a bother sending a watch literally half way around the world to be relumed, no one else comes close. I do have someone closer to home, but his dial work just isn't in the same league as Guy's.



The hands I sent him were AM ones that didn't go with the dial, so Guy gifted me these, that while rough, are correct.

Thanks Guy
 

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Thanks, John. :)

Really liked working on both for you. I used a different mixture for that which didn't end up as smooth, but I felt it looked good and in keeping. The black dial one I hope can be used at some point.

Also these are the hands you sent me, the newer ones I thought we could use didn't have the correct profile so I believe they're the original hands, if only slightly worn.

Might be an idea to find the actual part numbers and see if Stefan has some or if they're available somewhere?
 

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I didnt know the story behind these models. Cool! I believe it is one of the first sports diver models too, probably after the 6106-8100 the second one they built. I seen examples as early as March 1968.

This model is perhaps my favorite of all the Seiko sports divers. A cool design but not over the top and at 39mm a very good size too. I find it hard to imagine why a 62MAS or 6105 costs so much more. Or you can see it from the different side, that these models offer great value for money. I was really lucky to pick this one up locally for an absolute steal.

One possibility to explain the low prices is the tendency of many Seikonuts to associate anything with "Seiko 5" on the dial to lower-end varieties

If they only knew
 

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Nice shout out to @seiko hoarder and his Kamem Rider research on Fratello today.
https://www.fratellowatches.com/tbt-seiko-5126-8090-kamen-rider-ultraman/


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It's an honor to be mentioned by Michael Stockton. I admire his writing.

So many authors who write about watches are hacks who rely on stock phrases and clichés. Michael always manages to keep it fresh. You can tell that he has a genuine interest not only in watches, but in the craft of writing as well.
 
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