Beautiful vintage Seiko 5 Sportsmatic 6619-8060 automatic in good overall condition. It was released in August 1966 according to its serial number.
This Sportmatic is in its original condition, beautiful champagne dial, dauphine hands and steel hour markers, all in good condition. Day (in English) and date at 3 (with quickset). The case is in good condition, with some minor wear.
The movement is a Seiko 21-jewel automatic 6619. It has been serviced, it works fine, holding good time (gaining about 10 s a day).
The crystal is probably original, I polished it. The brown leather band is new.
A 5 Sportsmatic is a must have for the Seiko enthusiast according to me. It looks great, it is reliable and it is part of the history of Seiko.
Vintage watch with unknown history but checked, serviced (07/2022) and cleaned. Water resistance non tested.
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Introducing Seiko would be useless, it is the most important manufacturer in the world. Founded 120 years ago, it really begun to be a leader in the 60’s/70’s thanks to their automatic watches and of course with their quartz models.
Seiko invented many concepts (analogic and LCD quartz, Kinetic watches, Spring Drive, etc) and marketed all sorts of designs. Its range of watches is incredibly wide, answering almost all budget, design or quality questions.
Sportsmatic is an entry level automatic watches range introduced by Seiko in the early 60’s. Entry level won’t mean that these watches were of low quality, some of them were even very well built compared to models from other manufacturers.
The first Sportmatics were time only (Seikosha 2451 movement) or date only watches (Seikosha 820 movement). In 1963-1964, Seiko marketed its first day/date calibre, the Seikosha 410 and fitted it in the first Seiko 5 Sportsmatic. These first “5” had a chromed case (the latter ones had a stainless steel case) and no date quickset.
In 1964, Seiko launched the 5 Sportsmatic Deluxe, which was an enhanced version of the 5 Sportsmatic. All the Deluxe had a stainless steel case and a dedicated pusher to set the date. At that time, Seiko modified its way to name their movements and adopted a 4-digit naming convention.
From 1964 to 1967-68, Seiko produced quite a lot of Sportsmatic models and we can sum up the production like this :
- Sportsmatic “time-only”, 6601 movement (ex 2451)
- Sportsmatic Calendar 820, 7625 movement (ex 820)
- Sportsmatic Deluxe, 7605 movement
- 5 Sportsmatic, 6619 movement (ex 410)
- 5 Sportsmatic Deluxe, 7606 and 7619 movement
Some models were unusual, for example the Sportsmatic “SilverWave”, water resistant with a screwed crown.
The very last Sportsmatics only had their name engraved on the case back, with a 7625 calibre (1968).
You can read this interesting article on the Sportsmatic, on the Ginza Seiko Museum website.
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