Seiko first introduced their “5” series with the Seiko Sportsmatic in 1963. Per Seiko, its 5 series was created to be a watch whose performance would serve the demanding needs of the then 1960s generation – the watches had to have five key attributes:
- Automatic winding;
- Day/date displayed in a single window;
- Water resistance;
- Recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position;
- Durable case and bracelet.
The final challenge, again per Seiko, for the 5 series was to create a distinctive look that defined the needs of watch buyers and defined the brand. Owing to Seiko’s extraordinary “Magic 5,” the winding efficiency of the Seiko 5 is rather high, rendering the use of the crown rare. Hence the recessed crown, hidden under the lip of the case at 4 o’clock, giving the Seiko 5 its signature look. For more information on the Seiko 5, check out their site dedicated to it, here.
Movements designed by Seiko have a ruggedness and reliability that is well-known, as their basic designs have been proven over past decades in various forms. To wit, from humble beginnings, Seiko was founded in 1881, when Kintarō Hattori’s vision led him to open a watch shop in Tokyo, Japan. Eleven years later, in 1892, Hattori began to produce clocks under the name Seikosha, translated roughly as “House of Exquisite Workmanship.” Indeed, as recently stated in Hodinkee article, “Ten Vintage Watches That Should Be More Expensive Than They Are, And Why” – “In this list, we’ll take you through ten watches that we think should be selling for more money than they are, and we’ll tell you why…What is there to say about vintage Seiko besides “great watches for the money?” If you’re looking for just a nice old watch, any vintage mechanical Seiko will do.”
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