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Seiko Watches - Underrated?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GQBaller, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    I recently kopped a vintage mint 6138 column wheel chrono. In my opinion, the 6138 (what many believe to be the first column wheel auto chrono movement) is the most robust vintage chrono movement. These watches look so up to date, yet are over 30 years old. I love it and my next kop will hopefully be a pristine 6138 Panda. The price on these vintage 6138's is a joke in terms of how cheap they are and how expensive inferior vintage Swiss chrono;s are. Seiko's heritage and manufacturing put most if not all swiss brands to shame. The Grand Seiko line is in a league higher than 95% of the high end Swiss watches.

    My watch is same as this, but a smidgen more pristine (pics from photo database on seiko citizen watch forum):
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  2. Spatlese

    Spatlese Senior member

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    ^^ That's outstanding ed
     


  3. Hermitedge

    Hermitedge Senior member

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    How puny? If it's 6.25" or larger, a 41 mm. diameter case would probably work OK. These days 41 mm. is not considered big; we see 45 mm. and up in many watches. The current fashion in this regard seems to be bigger, and big watch faces on men's wrists are becoming commonplace.

    That size exactly. I supposed its about personal pref... maybe if I tried it on and it didn't look bulky I would go for it.
     


  4. mercretas

    mercretas Senior member

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    Here's my version of the Spirit. I switched out the band but I love it. It can't be beat for the price. [​IMG]
     


  5. Pelikan2

    Pelikan2 Senior member

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    Love the Spirit. That's going to be my dress watch for my summer law job.

    I'm wearing a Sumo now at school; great quality for the money.
    [​IMG]
     


  6. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    I love the face of the Sumo, but the dial is a little too wide and the band a little too narrow for my tastes.
     


  7. backboard60

    backboard60 Senior member

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    I love the face of the Sumo, but the dial is a little too wide and the band a little too narrow for my tastes.

    i had the Sumo for quiet some time now but it is now retired as i rotate from a ESQ swiss and a Oyster Perpetual Rolex depending on my wardrobe[​IMG]
     


  8. videocrew

    videocrew Senior member

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    [​IMG]


    DO WANT. I think I like this most out of the three military Seikos, but a 41mm would look big on my puny wrist. Does anybody own this piece?


    Naw, 41mm isn't that big. I'm strongly considering getting that one and replacing the dial with one of these:[​IMG]
    from yobokies.

    The Seiko modification scene is going pretty strong, this is my personal favorite right now:
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    But I've been getting some wear out of my classic 6309-7290 too, albeit on a different band than this:
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  9. robin

    robin Senior member

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    Heard through the grapevine: Seiko will be raising prices by a little bit in N. America soon, and they've asked dealers to lower their usual discount from MSRP. They're also now limiting authorized dealers who can sell online to just a few companies.
     


  10. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    Nice mod! Here's my Seiko/Sinn mod.

    Twotone

    [​IMG]
     


  11. StopPolloition

    StopPolloition Senior member

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    Kind of a tangent, but I've been seeing Orient automatics for about $100 recently, and was told they were owned by Seiko. A couple posts I've searched here and and on a watch forum said they were of decent quality. Does anybody have experience with Orient automatic watches at this price range? I was thinking about something like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Orient-Wide-Ca...539122&sr=8-11

    The only other automatic watch I own currently is a Christopher Ward C5 on an ETA 2824-2 movement. Would these Orient movements be comparable in reliability to an inexpensive Swiss movement like the 2824-2, or should I just hold out and get a Seiko if I want a Japanese movement watch?
     


  12. forex

    forex Senior member

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    I have an Orient automatic watch which was given to me as a gift,it is a solid watch and I've had for 8-9 years,I don't wear it often but I think it offers pretty good value.
     


  13. Timeless Fashion

    Timeless Fashion Senior member

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    Seiko makes great watches and I do believe they are underrated. They pricing is reasonable and they will last if you take care of them.
     


  14. pandamonium

    pandamonium Senior member

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    I would say that, on this board, they're rather well regarded.

    I have one of their Asian-market Chronographs... great watch for day-to-day wear.

    [​IMG]


    I really like how this watch looks. Only place I could find it was on sunnywatches.com for about 300 dollars, and I'd have to bring it in from Europe. You wouldn't happen to know where I could get one online in the US?

    Seiko Chronograph Military Watch 100m
    SNN077P1
     


  15. justlooking

    justlooking Well-Known Member

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    If you like Orients, check out http://www.orientalwatchsite.com/

    They're selling a similar black face version of the watch you linked for $69.

    I've been watching it daily to see what else I can pick up.

    Kind of a tangent, but I've been seeing Orient automatics for about $100 recently, and was told they were owned by Seiko. A couple posts I've searched here and and on a watch forum said they were of decent quality. Does anybody have experience with Orient automatic watches at this price range? I was thinking about something like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Orient-Wide-Ca...539122&sr=8-11

    The only other automatic watch I own currently is a Christopher Ward C5 on an ETA 2824-2 movement. Would these Orient movements be comparable in reliability to an inexpensive Swiss movement like the 2824-2, or should I just hold out and get a Seiko if I want a Japanese movement watch?
     


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