With about six months to go before Baselworld 2019 I thought that I would note down my predictions for what Seiko will release at the show. I expect that 2019 will be a very exciting year for Seiko with a wide range of models likely to be released. The trend of releasing vintage reissues will undoubtedly continue so by examining the history of the company it will give some indications of the models that may be released.Read More
This summer I travelled to Japan for work but I was able to have some time to myself. The weather during my trip was extremely hot and it was unpleasant throughout my visit. Luckily I was able to visit a number of interesting locations and pick up a few new watches for my collection during my trip.
I have updated the Vintage Seiko Dive Straps article to include details of the Seiko 1972 Watchband Catalog No.1. This catalog was discovered and detailed by Gerald over at The Grand Seiko Guy. The original article detailing the catalog can be found at Seiko Watchband Catalogue – 1972/No.1
This catalog provides the first official confirmation that Seiko released orange versions of the Chocolate Bar and XGL-731 Tire Track straps. There is also a newly discovered strap that does not seem to have been issued with any Seiko models but was just available as a replacement part.
The updated article on the Vintage Seiko Dive Straps can be found here - Vintage Seiko Dive Straps
I have updated the Vintage Grand Seiko Bracelets article to include details of the Seiko 1972 Watchband Catalog No.1. This catalog was discovered and detailed by Gerald over at The Grand Seiko Guy. The original article detailing the catalog can be found at Seiko Watchband Catalogue – 1972/No.1
The updated article on the GS bracelets can be found here - Vintage Grand Seiko Bracelets
During a recent trip to Japan I visited the Maker's Watch Knot Galley Shop in Kichijoji, Tokyo. This store sells Japanese made watches as well as a wide range of straps that utilize a range of Japanese materials and handicrafts. The store allows customers to select a watch style, case design and strap to match their personal taste.Read More
While in Tokyo recently I had the opportunity to visit the Citizen Flagship Store located in the Ginza area. This is just off the main street next to the Ginza Six building and about a two minute walk from the Seiko Premium Boutique. An overview of the store can be seen here.Read More
Before the release of the revolutionary XGL-801 strap provided on the 6159-7010 Grandfather Tuna Seiko released a number of different strap designs on their dive watches. Here is a summary of these and details for each to identify the correct watch they should be paired with.Read More
The second dive strap designed by Seiko, released after the ZLM01 waffle, was the appropriately named Chocolate Bar. This was released in 1969 and was only supplied on the 6159-7000 and 6105-8110 dive watches in the Japanese market. It has a distinctive design that gives the strap its nickname.Read More
I have updated the “Deciphering Seiko Case Back Information” article to include the battery change gauge found on diver models as well as the Bxxxx stamps that are often found on older examples of these watches.
The full updated article can be seen HERE.
The XGL-731 was the third dive strap designed by Seiko. This was released in 1972 and was only supplied on the 6105-8110 dive watch in Japan. It has a distinctive design that make it instantly recognizable.Read More
In the 1960's mechanical watches were reaching their peak and a series of competitions to determine the most accurate watches in the world were being held in Switzerland. A couple of Seiko companies joined these competitions and within a few years were able to compete at the highest levels.
To understand how the companies performance was able to improve and rapidly evolve I have created a timeline showing the details of their results along with information on the key staff members and the details of the calibers developed.
More information about the competitions can be found HERE.
In 1968 Daini-Seikosha submitted 103 specially regulated 4520A movements to the Neuchâtel Observatory for Chronometer certification. 73 of these watches passed the certification and these were then placed into 18K gold cases and sold to the public as the 45GSN Astronomical Observatory Chronometer. Additional movements were certified in later years and Seiko finally offered 226 examples for sale.Read More
Gerald over at The Grand Seiko Guy has put together a comprehensive guide to the different variations of the original Grand Seiko model 3180 aka “First”. There were printed, carved and raised logo versions of the dials as well as multiple variations of these. This article details the differences and explains what to look for if you are trying to track down an original piece. There are numerous examples of franken models out there so this should be an invaluable resource for people looking to purchase the First Grand Seiko model.
Check out the full article here - A guide to the Grand Seiko “First” dial variations
I have made a number of updates to the Vintage Grand Seiko Bracelets article. This includes some additional photos of bracelets and some more details on the specific markings on some models.
I have also shown some photos of the very unique bracelet that comes with the 6185-8000. This bracelet reminds me a little of a lobster and it is unusual due to the double bracelet clasp and the way it is fixed to the main watch body.
The full article can be found HERE.
I have added a new book to the General Reference Books page. The book is called "Why are the hands of the clock clockwise? - Unraveling the mystery of clocks and time". The book has answers to general watch and time specific questions and is really only interesting to watch enthusaists because of the author, Oda Ichiro, who worked for Seiko sales and marketing in various positions for many years.
The specific book can be found HERE.
The link to the overview of the different Japanese watch reference books can be found HERE.