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So, as promised, I'll share some pics of the Seiko museum in Tokyo. It took roughly 45 minutes to get there from Shinjuku and it is in a relatively quiet (out of the way) part of Tokyo. I was quite excited and we managed to book a free tour in English with a very friendly Seiko employee who was previously head of marketing in Seiko Germany.

Sometimes, I think we feel that Seiko is a bit impersonal or may even lack passion. However, our tour guide was excited to learn of my interest, collection, and thoughts/questions/concerns on the brand. He even spoke a little about the limited selection in foreign markets.

Regarding the museum: it's free and houses a neat selection but it is very small and there are several of us who likely have far stronger collections when it comes to the wristwatch area. I was interested to learn that Seiko, itself, is now actively seeking vintage pieces to add to its collection but not sure with what level of fervor. It's odd to think that the 6159 tuna that was just in England for Salon GP or at Basel is their only example but it seems to be the case! In any case, it was a great day...I'll let the pics speak for themselves. I'll also apologize for bad lighting ahead of time...tough place for photos. The museum really focuses on Seiko's innovations vs having a wide breadth (ex: they had a 6105-8000 but not an 8100).

Cheers and if you have questions, let me know.

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The building is not huge but is solely dedicated to the museum & a library.
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It's only 2 floors...with the wristwatches on floor 2.
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Cool Astron hologram.
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The Quartz crystal
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Here are more...

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Quite a large area dedicated to sports timing
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Some very old clocks that were once in Japan's palaces
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An old photo/AD of the Wako store that is still in Ginza today
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Lots of funky wall clocks...the prices were unbelievable for their day
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On to the watches...

The first Seiko wristwatch from 1913
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Seiko Super from 1950
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The first Seiko Marvel
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The first Grand Seiko
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The Seiko Goldfeather from 1960
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This would be great desk art!!
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More pics. Last post for a couple hours until I reach Shenzhen.

The Cronos and I can't remember the moon phase watch but it was very nice.
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A sportsman and champion
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The Sportsmatic which I believe debuted the magic lever
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A very nice weekdater and Sportsmatic deluxe
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More coming later...probably the ones you really want to see!


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Thanks for the pictures Mike. Can not wait too see more.

The watch with the "moon phase" is a Cronos. This has a dial with a central disc that indicated the hour. It will show a sun between 6am to 6pm and a moon from 6pm to 6am. It is not a true moon phase.

Looking forward to seeing some photos from the Glamour and Precision exhibit. Hopefully I will get to see this when I visit in February.
 

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Thank you for the explanation on the moon dial, akable!

Here are some more pictures:

Very nice 6217!
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A lovely 5717
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I think we all know this one. By the way, not even Seiko can find a waffle strap!
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The original high beat
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Some KS automatic and Bell Matic love
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Some sport diver action. Interesting to note that the bracelets were all from the reissues!
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These 2 were gorgeous
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Almost like a ladies rally diver dial.,,would love to find that one.
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Sadly there were security cameras. ;)
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A close up...mmm
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A little 6139 celebration
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I don't know this model but it looks like a very slim dress watch. I really liked it! Anyone know?
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A closer shot..,
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Now we get into early Quartz. The museum really makes your realize Seiko's focus on precision timekeeping and mass manufacturing. Very cool and a great mission.
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Great case shape!! I'm sure it is still popular with the "otaku". ;)
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The first LCD watch...
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Anyone want those plastic pushers? ;)
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Then there was a small display on the development of Quartz. The guide said that Seiko delivered the first Quartz to a Japanese broadcasting company for precision timing of shows and ads. It was the size of 2 large electrical cabinets. This came not so many years later and we know the rest is history.
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This was the next Quartz industrial clock. Seiko really downsized the mechanism quickly.
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Then there was a lovely GS display. The first was shown again.
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Some more great vintage GS..
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And then we have one of the rarest pieces of all...wow
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I wore my newly acquired 44gs reissue and took a pic next to the timeline.
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The spacewalk was quite attractive in the metal
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And here is the first model for spring drive
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More to come..,


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I think I'd buy one of these if I saw one...really neat. The Thermic
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And a real heavyweight here. The Chrono sold only at the Tokyo Olympics. The guide suggested less than 3000 made. Wow!
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Another aliens 7a28
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The kinetic chrono
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Last but not least, the $330k Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeater. Uses special Japanese steel. Apparently, Seiko used the inspiration of the sound of a famous old bell in a palace and tried to copy the sound in this watch. We watched a video...impressive.
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So, that was the bulk of the museum. I'll post a few more of a little refreshment if that's ok! I hope you enjoyed the many, unfortunately dark, pictures!


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And finally after a long day of watch searching and viewing, my friend and his wife took me to their small suburb about 20 minutes out of Tokyo for some wonderful sushi and sake. An amazing trip as always...

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Trying some sake,.,I always love the junmai.
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Blowfish sashimi
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Gorgeous different cuts of tuna with uni...my favorite!
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Cheers all!!!
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I don't know this model but it looks like a very slim dress watch. I really liked it! Anyone know?
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This is the CDF010 as seen on the label below the watch. It uses the 6810 movement and was released in 1974. The case and dial number for this was 6810-0010. This mechanical movement is very thin and was used in numerous watches including some Credor models and the UTD (Ultra Thin Dress) watches. Having been used in watches produced in the 70's to mid 90's it may be the movement used over the longest period.

Thanks for the additional photos Mike. I guess the Minute Repeater was part of the Precision and Glamour exhibit.
 

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Thanks so MUCH for the pics, many of us do not have the opportunity to visit the museum so now we are able to vicariously. Many many thanks from Canada.

Does anyone else get a kick out of seeing watches in your personal collection also in the museum??
 
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