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From what I know, Seiko hasn`t made any "Seiko 5" that have laser etched "5" on the cristal. There was a similar tread on the old SCWF a while ago and it turned out that the Seiko watch in question - with the laser etched "5" on the cristal - was a fake. But there are lots a ways to tell a Seiko 5 from a (fake) Seiko 5.
If you have the pics, post them - and I`m sure at least one forum member will find a way to tell the fake from real.
 

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It is almost impossible to say either way. That's because Seiko made so many "5" models , not all models were exported to all countries or markets. Most plastic glass used in the early days were numbered 310T18AN and they were not eteched. But it is just possible Suwa or Daini just may have released a limited edition model.
 

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I have heard that for a short time Seiko did engrave but stopped
But the fakers kept doing it after they stopped
the trick is to know when Seiko did it and then see if the dates match to see if the Fakers dates are past Seiko's cut off date .....
 

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noah said:
I have heard that for a short time Seiko did engrave but stopped
But the fakers kept doing it after they stopped
the trick is to know when Seiko did it and then see if the dates match to see if the Fakers dates are past Seiko's cut off date .....
+1 IIRC it was only for pre 2002 watches with 7s26 movements

Decided to google before posting and found these references:

http://quartzimodo.com/articles/how-to-spot-a-fake-seiko-watch/

http://www.ehow.com/how_6108471_detect-fake-seiko-watches.html
 

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I have a few "5" crystals that look authentic mostly 70xx cals,

I also have a Fake Seiko that has the "5" trying to be a much later watch.

so It would appear Seiko released a few, I would say.

regards,Derek.
 
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