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BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: Sportsmatic Deluxe
Year of Production: January 1965
Number of Jewels: 23
Hand and Dial: 3D Solid-White-Gold Baton Markers and Dauphine Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 44mm
Lug Width: 19mm
Bracelet: Brand-new hi-quality genuine leather strap with silver buckle
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
According to most legitimate online information available, the Seiko 7606 made its debut between the winter of 1963 and spring 1964. This movement was predominantly used in the Seiko Champion, Sportsmatic and Deluxe models.
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, THIS IS A PRE-DAINI (logo) Seiko Seikosha in excellent condition, hence the Cool Spinner Logo instead.
The objective was to create a full-blown sports watch with date / day functions and a bigger dial. Thus, this watch evolved from the Seiko Sportsman.
This extremely rare Seiko Sportsmatic Deluxe's original silvery-white Dial and Chapter Ring, silver baton indices, hands and date/day window are stunning after undergoing a good clean-up; so too the crystal glass, case and back case.
This beautifully preserved watch was carefully stripped and meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled, re-assembled and calibrated in August 2022. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next 5 to 10 years at the very least thereby providing the Buyer peace of mind.
The timeless cylindrical shaped silver case was buffed as best as possible; however, there are some hairline scratches present. The glass is original and was given a good rub-down but nonetheless, hairline scratches are still present.
The crowns are located at their traditional 3H and 4H positions and tucked away nicely to prevent damage or snags. The 3H crown is for the date quickset whilst the time adjustment is via the traditional method of turning the uncorked 4H crown accordingly. The day quickset is via turning the hands backwards and forwards past midnight. Another unique feature is the day is only in English.
Equipped with the well revered 7606 movement, it has 23 Jewels that operate at 18,000 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent accuracy and longevity. The time-grapher shows excellent readings i.e. rate of -7 seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 204! Such readings are very hard to be found even in modern brand new 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 basic calibration conducted.
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.
The case width and height are approximately 38mm (without crown) and 44mm respectively. The lug width is 19mm and the leather strap can accommodate wrists up to 20cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
A beautifully crafted hand-stitched high quality two-toned navy/marine blue genuine leather strap with matching stitching is provided to enhance the colour of the case and dial.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch's case in pristine condition (no dents, dings and major scratches), and the movement within is 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 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 January 1965! 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 is a truly magnificent January 1965 Seiko 5 Seikosha DAINI in immaculate condition with a beautifully preserved vintage dial, immaculate indices, hands, movement and case; 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!