A festival of Weekdaters

The Seikomatic range is my preferred amid the Seiko production of the 60’s. These models are elegant, very reliable and still look quite modern. Introduced in the early 60’s, they had a quite long life and some models are a part of Seiko history. The Seikomatic Weekdater for example, displaying the date at 3 o’clock […]

Seiko KS 5625-7000 1969-1971

In the very late 60’s, Seiko introduced its first automatic King range, based on the 56xx 28,800 bph movement. In 1969, in the JDM catalog n°1 from Seiko only 3 cases were available, the 7000, 7010 and 8000, with the movements 5621 (time only), 5625 (date only) or 5626 (day & date). In this article, […]

Seiko 2140-3000 “Fashion watch” 1969-1971

In 1969, Seiko introduced a quite exotic range of mechanical watches : the “Fashion watch” series. Based on the hand wound 2140 movement, they displayed only two hands on a mixed minimalist-excentric dial, cased in big palladium plated cases. This range was only marketed in Japan and had probably only little success, considering the rarity […]

Seiko KS 5626-7040 Chronometer 1970-1971

In the late 60’s, early 70’s, some King Seiko had the “Chronometer Officially Certified” or “Superior Chronometer Officially Certified” mention on their dials. The 5625, 5626, 5245 and 5246 movements were concerned. After a quite short period, the swiss watchmaking industry took measures to prevent non-swiss movements to be “Chronometer” certified, only the COSC could […]

A pair of vintage Seiko Diver’s quartz

First of all, let me wish you happy new year 2023 !In this short,news, I’d like to make the focus on two early quartz diver watches produced by Seiko.The first one, a 7548-7000 from 1980, is the quartz equivalent of the famous 6309 automatic “Turtle”. The second one, from 1991 is a enhanced version of […]

Seiko 5 Sportsmatic Deluxe 7619-7010 1965-1966

The Sportsmatic range has been introduced by Seiko in the early 60’s. It was the lower automatic range from the japanese manufacturer at that time.In 1963, Seiko introduced the Seiko 5 Sportsmatic range, an affordable yet qualitative automatic watch, with day and date display. The Deluxe version was an enhanced version of this model, with […]

Seiko Seikomatic Weekdater 6206-8990 1964

The Seikomatic range has been introduced by Seiko in the early 60’s. It was the highest automatic range from the japanese manufacturer at that time.In 1963, the first day & date Seikomatic Weekdater appeared based on the freshly developed Seikosha 400 33 jewels calibre. That was by the way, the first day & date Seiko.One […]

A trip to Switzerland

When it comes to watchmaking, we immediately think about Switzerland. Everyone knows at least one swiss brand, even when absolutely not interested in watches. Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe are among the most notorious and the most expensive but Omega, Zenith or Longines too are known by almost everyone. More and more, I try to […]

Enicar Sherpa Rotor-matic 1958

The Enicar Sherpa range was introduced in the mid fifties as a sports / waterproof watch. At that time, practicing outdoor activities began to become popular, following a trend lead by renown explorers and adventurers like Edmund Hillary, Maurice Herzog, Walter Bonatti, Thor Heyerdahl, Richard Byrd, etc. and one had to be able to know […]

Black beauties

Watches with black dials are common today but it hasn’t always been the case. Until the late 60’s and despite the fact that almost all models were available in black, only a little fraction of them were produced. If we focus on Seiko, all models from that era (except maybe the Lord Marvel, the King […]