Seiko 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). First introduced as the Seiko Sportsmatic 5 in 1963 it became an instant bestseller for Seiko. Seiko 5 is the longest continuously running sub-brand in the Seiko family. The 5 stands for the watches 5 principle attributes :
Diaflex (unbreakable mainspring),
Diashock (Seiko's shock-resistant design, equivalent to the Swiss "Incabloc"),
Automatic winding, day/date indication, and Water-resistant.
In 2019 Seiko decided to modernise the Seiko 5 changing the logo to a stylised “S” and creating 5 categories Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street and Sense. Each model has the aesthetics of the past but with an added flourish of modernism.
Our Seiko 5 Automatic SRPE71K1 is in the Sports category, it has a 42.5mm stainless steel case. The case design is very similar to the Seiko SKX models. Polished and satin-brushed surfaces transition with crisp edges. At 4 o’clock a crown is protected by shoulders. A lug to lug length of 46mm and a thickness of 14mm gives the watch great wrist presence. Water-resistant to 10 Bar. The 60 minutes unidirectional stainless steel bezel has a rough textured background and gothic style numerals in high relief, the edge is deeply knurled for better grip and a satisfying click. A flat hardlex crystal sits above the silver sunburst dial. An outer chapter ring with applied disc indexes filled with LumiBrite. At 3 o’clock a day/date window. Broad arrow and syringe hands are coated in LumiBrite. On the reverse, a hardlex exhibition screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Seiko Cal. 4R36, 24 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. Features both hand-winding and hacking for your convenience. The watch comes fitted on its Seiko 22mm 3 link Oyster style stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp and safety lock.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Seiko box and Seiko paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Seiko bracelet with all links included. The watch is from February 2021 and is sold in worn condition, but overall nearly new condition as you can see. The watch comes with its original manufacturer warranty.
One that I purchased for the personal collection and I wore it a handful of times, so much fun and easily the "Seiko Yachtmaster"! Unfortunately, it is leaving the collection fairly quickly due to another personal piece landing, an awesome chronograph, I can't keep them all no matter how much I wish I could... So save yourself a fair chunk on retail and pick this gem up.