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The Seiko 6319 movement made its debut in 1976 circa October, and this October 1977 model is most definitely from the earlier batches launched. The 6319 is an improved version of the 6309. It comes with 21 jewels instead of 17, it was supposed to be more accurate and was used in many Seiko 5 Sports models.
This is a highly sort-after Seiko SUWA, Model 6319-8040 21 Jewel Japanese Domestic Model (JDM) Automatic Watch.
The 6319 movement is becoming scarcer as the days go by due to cannibalizations; thus, it is not only a classic vintage but BEYOND A DOUBT, THIS WATCH WILL BECOME A COLLECTORS ITEM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
This beautiful watch was carefully stripped and every part meticulously cleaned via ultrasonic immersion, oiled and re-assembled. It should be able to operate without servicing for the next 5 years at the very least.
This seldom seen October 1977 Vintage Seiko has a simple yet beautiful midnight matt black dial with white minute indices, plain black Chapter Ring and silver hands - all in very good condition.
Its one piece hourglass shaped silver case was buffed as best as possible and looks awesome but miniscule hairline scratches may be present but unnoticeable unless one is searching for them. The crystal is original and is in very good condition.
Everything within the case including the crown is 100% original thereby it is considered in almost mint condition, what with its age of 46 years being taken into consideration.
The bracelet is a vintage Beads of Rice model that has been polished to almost perfection, and is in excellent condition.
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, THIS IS A SEIKO 5 SUWA in fantastic condition.
The crown is located at the traditional 3H position and neatly tucked away to prevent damage and unwanted snags yet easily accessible. The date / day quickset works flawlessly by pulling out the crown to the first level for date and day adjustment, and the time setting is via pulling the crown to the second level.
The Day is also in Arabic and English - Cool!
Equipped with the 6319 movement, it has an impressive 21 Jewels that operate at 21,600 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent accuracy and longevity. The time-grapher shows excellent readings ie rate of "0" seconds every 24 hours and amplitude of 194! Such readings are very hard to be found 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, and of course the meticulous care provided over the years.
The case width and height are approximately 39mm (without crown) and 41.5mm respectively; and the lug to lug strap is 18mm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
Due to its age, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case is in excellent condition (no dents 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. A nice purposeful carrying case or box will be provided.
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 October 1977! 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 watch model is valued between S$ 98.00 to S$ 212.00 on various auction / online sites from really horrible, un-serviced or "as is" condition to pristine / New Old Stock (NOS) models. It is being sold here for S$ 186.00 which is extremely reasonable for such a good quality conditioned watch.
Do also bear in mind that it will cost between S$ 200.00 - S$ 300.00 to service and polish such a watch, and another S$ 40.00 odd for a brand new genuine cowhide leather strap - these costs do not apply when purchasing this timepiece.
This is a truly magnificent October 1977 Seiko SUWA 6319 in very good condition with a well preserved vintage dial, chapter ring, indices, hands, movement and case; so, be unique and use something that is almost impossible to source.
Seiko 5 6319-8040 1977 October SUWA JDM 21J Automatic Wrist Watch Timepiece