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A BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Year of Production: July 1972
Number of Jewels: 17
Hand and Dial: 3D Baton Indices with Dauphine Hands
Lug Width: 14mm
Bracelet: Brand-New Hi-Quality Silicon Strap
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
This Seiko Lady Chorus 2118 is considered a vintage and a Collectible because of its age and scarcity.
Its size was the standard female watch size of the 50s to 70s. Big watches during that period were considered boorish behaviour for both men and women.
Its circular silver case, silver dial, 3D Baton Indices, Dauphine Hands, and Date Window are in near mint condition after a good clean-up. The crystal is original with a date magnifier, and was also given a good rub.
The crown is located at the traditional 3H position and is easily accessible.
The movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and calibrated on 30 October 2023; hence, it was given a proper overhaul instead of a general servicing. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next 5 to 10 years thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
Equipped with the excellent 2118 movement, it has 17 Jewels that operate at 19,800 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent accuracy and longevity. The time-grapher, after 60 hours of calibration, shows excellent readings i.e. rate of 0 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 273 with a super straight and centered line! Such readings are extremely 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 27mm (without crown) and 34mm respectively. The lug width is 14mm and the strap can accommodate wrists up to 15.0cm.
A brand-new, hi-quality, super soft black silicon strap with built-in quick-release spring bars and silver buckle accompanies the timepiece.
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 thereby it is considered in near MINT condition.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch is in very good condition. 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 or purposeful carrying 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 July 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 preserved for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty.
Yes, there are many other same / similar models in the market, BUT none as beautifully aged and as well maintained as what you see here. Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
Do also bear in mind that it will cost between S$ 180.00 to S$ 200.00 for a proper overhaul, an estimated S$ 80.00 to calibrate (depending on watch condition), and S$ 40.00 to properly clean the watch - 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 beautiful timepiece that would make a beautiful present for that special someone born in July 1972.
This is a must-have for the Seiko die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector for that matter!