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A BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: Lord Matic Weekdater SUWA
Year of Production: December 1971
Number of Jewels: 23
Hand and Dial: 3D Baton Silver Indices and Hands
Lug width: 19mm
Strap: Original Seiko Lord Matic Signed SS Bracelet
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
For those who are unaware of the Seiko Lord Matic's history, please read this short introduction :
"(The) Lord Matic was the mid to high range of automatic watches introduced by Seiko in 1968 and based on the freshly developed 56xx movement. As you might probably know, there was actually two ranges of LM, the one produced by the Suwa factory, based on the 56xx movement and the LM Special introduced a couple of years later by the Daini factory and based on the 52xx movement" ~ Watch & Vintage Magazine.
Most LM Day / Date models suffer from damage to the day / date quick set, but this baby works perfectly.
This simple yet uniquely square cased brings sexiness to a different level! It's original sunburst pale-blue dial, 3D silver / black indices, silver date / day window and hands show practically zero signs of aging after a good clean-up.
This beautifully square shaped (TV) silver case is in superb condition with its super sexy curves maintained but nonetheless, it was given a good wash via ultrasonic immersion and buffed afterwards. Most imperfections were removed without compromising the case shape and curves but there are still miniscule scratches remaining that are almost invisible to the naked eye. The crystal is original and was also given a good rub albeit tiny scratches remain.
The crown is original and is located at the 3H position and is 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 movement was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and calibrated on 17 August 2023. In short, it was given an overhaul and not a basic servicing, and 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 5606 movement, it has an impressive 23 Jewels that operate at 21,600 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent accuracy and longevity. The time-grapher shows excellent readings i.e. rate of +2 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 220 in a straight center line! Such readings are almost impossible to find even in modern brand new automatic watches 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 33mm (without crown) and 39mm respectively. The lug width is 19mm and the bracelet can accommodate wrists up to 21cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
The Seiko SS bracelet is LM signed thereby original. It too was given a good ultrasonic wash and is now in excellent condition.
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.
Even though the seals and gaskets were replaced, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested due to its age.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case in near mint condition 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.
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.
Yes, there are many other same models in the market, BUT almost all are not in the same quality 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 December 1971! Another no-brainer is the fact that the value of this watch will appreciate over time.
This is a highly sort-after Sunburst Pale Blue Seiko Lord Matic Weekdater TV in excellent condition; so, be unique and wear something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the Seiko die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector!