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BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Model: 5 Series US Military TV
Year of Production: July 1984
Number of Jewels: 17
Hand and Dial: 3D Baton Silver / Black Indices with Pencil Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 40mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Bracelet: Brand-New Hi-Quality Carbon-Fibre Strap with Silver Buckle
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
Made famous by US soldiers during the Vietnam War era, this very unique and rare vintage July 1984 Seiko 5 6309-5230 "TV" has a beautiful milky-white rectangle dial, and at certain angles, the silver streak across the dial will come into play due to light reflection.
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, this is a Seiko 5 TV 6309 SUWA in near mint condition. This is a highly sort-after Collectible due to the recent increase in demand for rectangular case watches.
After a deep cleaning, this masculine 6309-5230 17 Jewel Automatic has revealed an immaculately preserved off-white dial with a silver streak running across it, thus creating a two-tone effect from certain angles which is extremely pleasing to the eye; the Chapter Ring and markings; and the 3D matchstick indices, date / day window and pencil hands.
The timeless rectangle silver case was buffed as best as possible; however, there are some hairline scratches present. The acrylic glass was also buffed and is in very good condition.
The crown is located at the traditional 4H position and is nicely tucked away to prevent damage or snags yet it is easily accessible. The date / day and time quickset works flawlessly by pulling out the crown to the first and second levels to adjust the date and day (via clockwise and counterclockwise), and hands respectively.
The movement was carefully stripped and cleaned, oiled, re-assembled and calibrated in October 2022. It should be able to operate without servicing for the next 5 to 10 years thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
Equipped with the 6309 movement, it has 17 Jewels that operate at 21,600 beats per hour (BPH) giving it excellent longevity and accuracy. The time-grapher shows excellent readings i.e. rate of -1 second every 24 hours and amplitude of 172 with a relatively straight line. Such readings are 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 excellent calibration.
The case width and height are approximately 36mm (without crown) and 40mm respectively. The lug width is 20mm and the strap can accommodate wrists up to 20cm; hence, the watch size is suitable for men and the modern women.
The Black Carbon-Fiber Strap with white stitching emphasizes the silver case and white dial, and is extremely comfortable to wear. The Buyer has the option to choose a different design and colour genuine leather 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 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 pristine 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 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 July 1984! 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.
Do also bear in mind that it will cost between S$ 80.00 to S$ 100.00 for a good servicing, an estimated S$ 80.00 to calibrate (depending on watch condition), and S$ 100.00 to polish including tightening of bracelet links - 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 truly magnificent July 1984 Seiko 5 SUWA TV in stunning 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!
Seiko 5 6309-5230 1984 July SUWA "Television" US Military Automatic Wrist Watch Timepiece