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BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: King Seiko KS56
Year of Production: July 1973
Number of Jewels: 25
Hand and Dial: 3D Baton Indices and Dauphine Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 42mm
Lug Width: 18mm
Strap: Swiss Genuine Snake Skin Leather
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
According to most reliable online sources, the Seikosha DAINI factory produced the first King Seiko in 1961 to compete with the Grand Seiko made by the Seikosha SUWA that made its debut in 1960. However, the King Seiko 56KS range was produced by the SUWA factory because it is the same movement as the Grand Seiko 56GS!
The Seiko 5626 movement made its debut in 1969, the same year Seiko introduced their quartz range to the world due to the insatiable demand for such watches.
That is why, this is a highly sort-after Collectible because it is a Grand Seiko in disguise! And it is almost non-existent because Seiko stopped producing King Seiko's in 1975 to allow the emergence of the Grand Seiko as the undisputed high-end Seiko watch.
So, for Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, this is a King Seiko JDM SUWA in BNIB NOS Mint condition! As already mentioned, there are also (cheaper) King Seiko's from DAINI that began King Seiko production before the SUWA factory, so one must be extremely vigilant as to what KS they are purchasing.
Thereby, this July 1973 model is one of the last few ever produced before production fully ceased in 1975; hence, it is equipped with the most updated 5626 movement.
This beautifully shaped silver case was also given an ultrasonic wash and high quality polish while maintaining its super sexy curves. Most age imperfections were removed without compromising the case shape. An original crystal was installed and polished.
The crown is original and is located at the 3H position and is nicely tucked away yet easily accessible. The date / day quickset works flawlessly by pulling out the crown to the first level to adjust the date and day via clockwise or counterclockwise. The time is adjusted by pulling the crown out to the second level.
The day is in English and Kanji - cool!
Even though this is an NOS timepiece, it had undergone a complete overhaul. It was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and calibrated on 22 August 2023. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next 5 to 10 years at the very least thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
Equipped with the excellent 5626 movement, it has an impressive 25 Jewels that operate at 28,800 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 +1 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 229 with a straight centered line! 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 36mm (without crown) and 42mm respectively The lug width is 18mm and the strap can accommodate wrists up to 21cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
A brand new high-quality genuine snakeskin leather strap is provided.
The watch is 100% original Seiko components from this particular watch. No parts were replaced with aftermarket parts or modified regardless its age of 50 years.
Even though the relevant seals and gaskets are in place, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested due to its age.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case in mint condition and well maintained. It has also been demagnetised to improve parts reliability, minimise wear & tear, and improve accuracy. This timepiece also comes with its original box and warranty card.
Yes, there are many other same models in the market, BUT almost all are not in the same quality BNIB NOS condition and is well maintained as what you see here. Hence, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind watch will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that someone special born in July 1973! Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
This is a highly sort-after BNIB NOS Collectible King Seiko KS56 in mint condition; so, be unique and wear something that is almost impossible to source. In fact, purchase it as an investment or for the next generation to appreciate.
This is a must-have for the Seiko die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector!