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What is "rare" :)

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Reading Martins post ref rare and the trade forum in a sellers title, what do we consider "rare".

For example some one who does not own a 6105 could consider that to be a rare model but to guys who own 10 or 20 then it is not rare.

A bracelet end link if you havent got one and can not find one for love nor money could be considered "rare" but then other guys could have a box full.

Again a NOS (what is new old stock :) ) second hand could be considered rare and again a guy have a tin full so not rare to him but to some one who as looked for one for perhaps years it is rare.

So it goes on we all interpret statements differently.
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I think that it is worth mentioning that with VERY FEW exceptions, seiko has generally always been a mass market volume manufacturer. For the most part, pieces might be hard to find in some parts of the world, but they are not necessarily rare. The fact that we can still collect so many vintage seikos going back to the 1950's, for affordable prices, and have a reasonable chance to restore them for an affordable price, should speak to the level of "rarity" of most seikos. That said, The same does not apply to specific individual parts, which at times can very easily meet Time's definition of what makes an item rare (think6138-7000 plastic pointer ring, or 5106 quickdate gear).
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