Seikos history began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori established the K. Hattori retail and repair store. In 1892 Seikosha was established making wall clocks. 1895 saw the production of their first pocket watch. 1913 saw the launch of their first wristwatch, the Laurel. In 1924 the first Seiko was manufactured. Daini Seikosha (now Seiko Instruments Inc.) established in 1937. Seiko listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 1949. The Suwa factory becomes independent and forms Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. (now Seiko Epson Corporation in 1959).
This Seiko Mono-pusher Chronograph Ref. 5717-8990, was first produced in 1964 for the 18th Tokyo Olympics. Suwa Seikosha developed their first chronograph wristwatch as a status symbol as well as a timing device. They are affectionately known as the “Seiko Chronostop” as it looks very similar to the Omega Chronostop. Seiko was the official timekeeper of those games. It’s 38mm round stainless steel case has brushed and polished surfaces. On the right side a single pusher at 2 o’clock and a large crown, making adjustments a breeze. The stainless steel bi-directional bezel has a 60-minute scale etched into it. A domed crystal sits above a sunburst silver dial. An outer minute track is clearly printed. Applied baton indexes have chamfered edges that catch the light as you turn your wrist at 3 o’clock a date window. Thin steel hands hit their mark perfectly. Delicate tapered steel hands hit their mark perfectly. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the Seiko Seahorse engraved in the centre. Underneath the serial number, that includes month and year of production. Inside a Manually Wound Seiko Cal. 5717, 21 Jewels,18,000 Beats per hour with horizontal coupling and a column wheel to control the single pusher that does all three functions start, stop and reset to zero. Fitted on its Seiko 18mm stainless steel polished and brushed bracelet with signed folding clasp.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Seiko box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Seiko unsigned bracelet. The watch is from Circa. December 1964 and is in worn, vintage condition, but overall very good as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
A true classic by Seiko and a better watch than the Chronostop from Omega dare I say? The proportions are incredible on the wrist and wear so well, a lot of people clearly agree as this sold instantly before even making it to the website.