I bought a 4006-6040 from him two years ago as he was liquidating his collection. There is no continuous seconds hand on the watch, which takes a moment to get used to. Do you think the watch is original? It said that it had been fully serviced. Since then watch enthusiasts around the world have come to recognize Seiko 5s as reliable, affordable and well respected watches. It is made from hard stainless steel with a hardness value of approximately 450 with a stainless steel case back. I've bought another Seiko watch but it cannot compare to this one.
You have one of the earliest Bell-Matic models, which is a rare occurrence. Hobbyists and third party, watch repairmen who are specially trained in servicing vintage Seiko calibers. Do you have any idea how long and hard its taken me to find this resource?? Waltham and Elgin have serial number databases on-line covering early watches. Note that since the mid 1990s, Seiko only makes expensive, luxury mechanical chronographs like from their Brightz, Credor and Prospex ranges and these calibers are definitely not in the same league as the once affordable, 6139 or 6138 calibers. The serial number indicates a September 1979 manufacturing and has a unique production number of 0742. Therefore if Seiko made up to 4,900 pieces in February, the last watch produced will have the the sequence number 4900. Only a few have any easy means of identifying when a particular watch was made.
Kinetic Perpetual watches like the 7D56 are very difficult to copy due to its very complicated movement. Because Seiko uses the same date code to denote year. This is an old one of mine the first two digits are 8 1978 and 6 June so June 78. The watch is remarkably ergonomic and comfortable to wear. The five jeweled, 7548 movement is robust and long lived. I have three 7T32s myself and wished that I had more of them but New Old Stock 7T32s that are desirable are very hard to find today.
Seiko 6138-8020 — photo courtesy of thosewatchguys. They are able to harness motion to recharge their battery or capacitor. I have to thank the seller for putting such a perfect strap on the watch, as I have had no motivation to change it. Search our database by selecting your preferences on the right then click the search button. The Japanese-made Seiko watches have become synonymous with detail-oriented craftmanship and durability. There are a pair of numbers presented inside. Cross reference the Movement number with the case number to find the time scale of when your watch was produced.
Hi Pablo, Yes, your 6138-0011 is from April 1974. Ironically, one of the best places to find an affordable chronograph is actually in the past… Well, that is to say in a vintage watch. While I doubt any Seiko service center still keeps stock of the bezel, fortunately the acrylic crystal is of a common design and can be substituted with a generic one. If you have any vintage catalogs you would like us to add, please let us know, we'd be happy to scan them for you. This can tell you the movement type, date of manufacturer, how to open the case, which company produced the product, what the case is made from and the specific case design code.
The Pogue, have a flatter shape, with slab sides and a harsh break before the lugs, so this fluid case design is not true for all 6139 models. This watch was not popular and thus discontinued. I had expected to stop at 18 but your salesmanship for the Orients was so excellent that I had to expand my collection accordingly. Manually dating a Seiko watch Fortunately, there is an alternative to the Production Date Calculator if it returns you erroneous or dubious results. This means the watch was made in 1976 the first 6 in April the number 4. The second digit represents the month.
Automatic vs Kinetic - Automatic watches are driven by a spring, not by electricity. Each decade is represented in 10-year spans using this format. Your watch was made on February 1973. As long as you pay attention to the details in the sale, that is to say original versus aftermarket parts, servicing of the movement, overall price and conditioning, these watches represent a lot of bang for your buck. Write down the numbers for your reference.
Quartzimodo Hi loved your artical, got a few questions about a Seiko i just got…. Loosing both the beloved cushion style case and the round hour markers on the dial. Many old 6139 chronographs that were largely uncared for over the decades have faulty or sticking quickset mechanisms. Cheers Leon You are mostly correct but try to date a current Seiko Monster. For the following month of March, the first watch produced will have the sequence number 0000 instead of 4901. The serial number indicated it was produced in October 1976 and has a unique production number of 7536.