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BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: Actus 5
Year of Production: January 1972
Number of Jewels: 23
Hand and Dial: 3D Baton Silver Indices with Stick Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 42mm
Lug Width: 18mm
Bracelet: Hi-Quality Two-Tone President SS Bracelet
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
According to most reliable online sites, Seiko introduced the 6106 movement in 1967
As most Seiko die-hard fans know, the Seiko Actus was manufactured and assembled in Japan and solely meant for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM).
The Seiko 5 Actus was manufactured in both SUWA and DAINI factories because both factories competed against one another (think Apple and Macintosh) that brought out the best designs and movements during that era. Thus, the value of each vintage watch is determined by the movement within. So, the buyer must exercise due diligence when purchasing a Seiko Actus, Seiko 5 Actus etc. and which movement calibers within, and the number of jewels because the value is determined by these important factors.
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, this is a highly sort after January 1972 Seiko 5 Actus SS SUWA 6106-7490 25 Jewels Automatic Dress Watch in pristine condition. Note - most 6106 are 23J.
The coffee-black dial with orange minute markers, baton silver indices, hands, day/date window and case are in immaculate condition after a good clean-up. The glass has been replaced and is now spotless. The original glass will be provided with this watch upon purchase.
The crown is located at its traditional 4H position and is nicely tucked away to prevent damage or snags yet easily accessible. The date / day quickset works flawlessly by pushing the crown in to adjust the date and pushing deeper to adjust the day. The time is adjusted by pulling the crown out.
Because it is a JDM, the Day is in Kanji and English, cool!
Its movement was carefully stripped, cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and calibration conducted on 15 October 2023. It should be able to operate without servicing for the next 5 to 10 years at the very least thereby providing the owner a peace of mind.
Equipped with the famous 6106 movement, it has 25 jewels and operates at 21,600 beats an hour giving it an extremely high level of accuracy. Take note: AGAIN, MOST 6106 MODELS ARE 23J.
The time-grapher, after 60 hours of calibration, shows stunning readings i.e. rate of 0 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 179! Such readings are highly exceptional even by brand new modern automatic watch standards whereby the accepted tolerance is -20 to +40 seconds a day! This is a testament to the quality, excellent power reserve and longevity for such a vintage timepiece, the meticulous care provided over the years, and of course the painstaking calibration conducted.
The case width and height are approximately 38mm (without crown), and 42mm respectively. The lug width is 18mm and strap length is 21cm; thus, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
A beautiful hi-quality two tone President Style SS bracelet accompanies the watch. The bracelet was also given a deep cleaning via ultrasonic immersion followed by a good buff and tightening of links.
To the best of our knowledge while overhauling this timepiece, everything excluding the SS bracelet and recently replaced crystal are 100% Seiko original, thereby it is considered in outstanding condition.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case in immaculate condition (no dents and major scratches), and the movement within squeaky clean and well maintained. It has also been demagnetised to improve parts reliability, minimise wear & tear, and improve accuracy. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box, so a simple aftermarket box / pouch will be provided instead.
Seldom can one find a vintage watch that offers this and more. Yes, there are many other same / similar models in the market, BUT none are as well-kept and maintained as what you see here, and with an attractive price to boot. So, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind watch will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that special someone born in January 1972! Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
Bear in mind that this watch has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and well taken care of for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty.
This particular 6106 25J watch model with unique orange minute markers is valued between S$ 299.00 to S$ 768.00 on various auction / online sites from really horrible, to un-serviced, to "as is," to service, to refurbished to fully restored models. Note: the mentioned prices do not include currency conversions, commissions, taxes and freight costs etc.
This overhauled, calibrated and buffed timepiece is being sold here for S$ 348.00 which is extremely reasonable. So, NO LOW-BALLERS, please! Take note that low-ballers, trolls and wannabe advisors (whose "advise" is completely unwelcomed) will not be entertained, and should they persist, they will be reported and blocked!
Do also bear in mind that it will cost between S$ 180.00 to S$ 200.00 for an overhaul, an estimated S$ 80.00 to calibrate (depending on watch condition), and S$ 100.00 to polish including tightening of bracelet links - these costs do not apply when purchasing this timepiece. So, if anyone was to sell such a timepiece at a low price yet claim that it has been serviced, one has to ask what kind of servicing was conducted, if any.
This is a truly magnificent January 1972 Seiko 5 Actus SUWA in stunning condition with a beautifully preserved unique dial, immaculate indices, hands, movement and case; so, be unique and use something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the Seiko die-hard fan, or any vintage watch fan for that matter!