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Make: Tomony, Seiko
Model: Tomony Mickey Mouse
Year of Production: Circa 1970
Number of Jewels: 17
Hand and Dial: Mickey Mouse Watch Hands with Arabic Numerals
Lug Width: 18mm
Bracelet: Brand-New Two-Tone NATO Strap with Silver Buckle
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
The Seiko 5000-7000, also known as the "Mickey Mouse" watch, is a collectible vintage watch that features a design inspired by the iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse. The watch was produced by Seiko in the 1970s and is highly sought after by collectible due to its unique and nostalgic design.
The Seiko 5000-7000 Mickey Mouse watch typically features the outline of Mickey Mouse on the dial, with his arms acting as the watch's hour and minute hands. The design is whimsical and playful, capturing the essence of the beloved cartoon character.
These watches are not official collaborations between Seiko and Disney but rather examples of Seiko's creative designs during that era. They are considered vintage novelties and are popular among both watch enthusiasts and Disney collectors.
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, this is Seiko Mickey Mouse, Model 5000-7000 7J in near mint condition and is a highly sort-after Collectible because of its rarity amongst other reasons.
It's original silvery-white dial with painted Mickey Mouse character, Arabic numeral indices, and hands are in immaculate condition after a deep cleaning. The silver case is chromed hence minimal polishing to remove the tiny scratches albeit a few minor scratches are still present. A brand new crystal has been installed.
The crown is located at its traditional 3H position and is original.
The movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and calibrated on 20 August 2023; hence, it underwent an 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 5000 movement that was specially designed for this range of Walt Disney character watches, it operates at 18,000 BHP and has 7 jewels that provides outstanding accuracy. The time-grapher, after 60 hours of calibration, shows excellent readings i.e. rate of -4 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 217 with an almost straight center line! Such readings are truly 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, the meticulous care provided over the years, and the expert calibration conducted for such a vintage timepiece.
The case width (without crown) and height are approximately 35mm and 40mm respectively. This lug width is 18mm, and the strap can accommodate wrists up to 19cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
An attractive two-tone NATO strap with silver bucket was chosen to coincide with the Mickey Mouse character on the dial. The Buyer has the option to choose a different design and colour strap from my array of straps should he / she wishes to do so.
To the best of our knowledge and expertise when overhauling the timepiece, the watch is 100% original Seiko Tomony 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’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. A nice purposeful carrying case or box 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, maintained and calibrated as what you see here, and with an attractive price to boot. Hence, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind watch will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that special someone. 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 Seiko Tomony Mickey Mouse is valued between S$226.00 to S$553.00 on various auction / online sites from horrible conditioned, to un-serviced to "as is," to service, to refurbished conditioned models. New Old Stock (NOS) and fully restored conditioned models are valued at S$ 660.00 thereabouts.
This overhauled, calibrated and buffed 5000-7000 timepiece is being sold at S$ 457.00 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 a proper overhaul, an estimated S$ 80.00 to calibrate, and S$ 40.00 to polish the watch case - 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 highly sort-after Seiko Tomony Mickey Mouse collectible with a stunningly well preserved dial, indices and hands, and a cute NATO two-tone strap, 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!