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BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: Seiko 5 Actus
Year of Production: March 1973
Number of Jewels: 21
Hand and Dial: 3D Silver Baton Indices and Baton Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 40mm
Lug Width: 18mm
Strap: Original Seiko Actus SS Signed Bracelet
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
As most Seiko die-hard fans know, the Seiko 5 Actus was manufactured and assembled in Japan, and meant solely for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM).
The Seiko 5 Actus was manufactured in both SUWA and DAINI factories because both factories competed against each other (think Apple and Macintosh) that brought out the best designs and movements during that era.
According to most legitimate online information available, the Seiko 7005 and 7019 movements made their debuts in the same year of 1969 as their movements are quite similar.
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, this is an overhauled March 1973 Seiko 5 Actus Hi-Beat DAINI in excellent condition.
It's original sunburst navy-blue dial, 3D silver baton indices, logo, and baton hands are in near mint condition after a good clean-up. The original crystal was given a good clean-up and polish and is in near mint condition.
Its typical shaped silver case was given a thorough clean-up via ultrasonic immersion and is now in excellent condition after a good buff. The shape remains sharp and clean albeit miniscule scratches due to age.
The crown is located at the traditional 4H position and is easily accessible. The date and time quickset works flawlessly by pulling out the crown to the first and second level to adjust the date and time respectively. The day quickset is via pushing in the crown. Cool!
The movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled and re-assembled on 10 November 2023, thus it underwent an overhaul and not a general servicing. It should be able to operate without hinderance for the next 5 to 10 years at the very least thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
Equipped with the 7019 movement, it has 21 Jewels that operate at 21,600 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent longevity and accuracy. The time-grapher, after 60 hours of calibration, shows excellent readings i.e. rate of -2 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 186 with a relatively straight line! Such readings are 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 37mm (without crown) and 40mm respectively. The lug width is 18mm and the bracelet can accommodate wrists up to 21cm; hence, the watch size is suitable for men and the modern women.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The SS bracelet is an originally signed Seiko 5 Actus designed for this particular model. It too was given a good cleaning via ultrasonic emersion and a good buff.
To the best of our knowledge and expertise when overhauling the timepiece, the watch is 100% original Seiko components from this particular watch. No parts were replaced with aftermarket parts or modified.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case in pristine 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. An aftermarket box / case 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 March 1973! 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.
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 clean, buff and tighten links for such a watch with bracelet - 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 truly a rare and highly sort after March 1973 Seiko 5 Actus in stunning condition with a beautifully preserved silvery-white dial, immaculate indices, hands, movement and case; so, be unique and use something that is almost impossible to source.
This watch looks even more stunning in real-time!
This is a must-have for the Seiko die-hard fan, or any vintage watch fan for that matter!