How to tell when your Seiko watch was made (Part 2)

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In my previous article on how to date your Seiko watch, I mentioned the nifty Jayhawk's Production Date Calculator. In most cases it should return the correct date of manufacture.

However, there are circumstances in which the calculator may give you inconclusive or erroneous results. Or no results at all. When that happens, I would resort to what I call "dead reckoning" or rough estimation.

Dead reckoning is similar to navigating your way at sea by orientating yourself with the heavenly objects like the sun, moon and the stars. You won't be accounting for wind conditions and at best your estimate may be a few miles off your actual position. That's when a GPS unit comes in handy! icon winkHow to tell when your Seiko watch was made (Part 2)

Manually estimating the production date of a Seiko involves the element of anachronism. What is anachronism? Basically, it is the utilization of an event, a person, an object, language in a time when that event, person or object was not in existence. In other words, an anachronism is something that occurs out of its proper time. The chronological error of an anachronism can occur in either direction; it can result from something from the past being represented as if it belonged in the present, like an archaism, or it can result from presenting something at a time before it actually appeared, occurred, or existed.

And anachronism is the key to manually estimating the production date of your Seiko watch.


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Originally posted 2008-07-16 20:29:46.

Seiko SNA141P military chronograph review

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Watch History

 

  • Date acquired: May 18th 2005
  • Production Date: July 2004
  • Source: Pokemonyu, eBay 
  • Price paid: USD147
  • Status: Possibly discontinued

    Background

    This nice looking watch actually fulfilled two of my personal watch collecting criteria. Firstly, I was looking for a military look Seiko and secondly, I decided to have a representative from the 7T62 alarm chronograph family. I was aware of the various military-styled Seiko 5 watches available, such as the SNK427K model and its cousins but they were non-chronograph watches.

    It took some mulling about for several months before I decided to buy the SNA141P. This model wasn't found at the local watch stores in Kuala Lumpur so I had to resort to buying from Pokemonyu on eBay. I knew that Seiko is notorious for discontinuing models that they feel are not their best-sellers (whether you really like the watch or not) so I made up my mind to get one before the SNA141P was pulled off the market.


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    Originally posted 2008-06-30 21:20:28.

    Seiko Prospex SBDC001 Scuba 200m review

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    Watch History

    • Date acquired: Apr 21 2007
    • Production date: Mar 2007
    • Source: Higuchi Inc, Japan
    • Price paid: JPY47,000 (USD429)
    • Status: In production

      Background

      When stock photos of the SBDC-series divers first appeared on the Internet in early 2007, it created huge ripples in the watch forum communities. It caused widespread excitement and speculation among the Seiko diver watch fans. This was the watch that Seiko enthusiasts had been eagerly anticipating for a very long time. It wasn't just the fact that these were entirely new models, they were also the first Seiko divers based on the relatively new manual winding and hacking 6R15 automatic caliber.


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      Originally posted 2008-01-04 00:16:00.

      Seiko SKX031K “Submariner” review

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      Watch History

      • Date acquired: July 23rd 2004
      • Production Date:  Nov 2003
      • Source: Chun Cheong Watch & Pen Store, Sungei Wang Plaza
      • Price paid: MYR400 (approximately USD115)
      • Status: In production

        Background

        Pop quiz folks – what resembles a Rolex Submariner watch, says “SEIKO” on the dial, has a screw-in crown and costs a fraction of the price of the watch that it pays homage to?

        No prizes for guessing, it’s none other than the Seiko SKX031K – Seiko’s timeless tribute to the Rolex Submariner. The SKX031K has been around for over a decade (it debuted in 1996 with the introduction of the 7s26 automatic caliber) and sales of this model appears to be still going strong despite its age in the market.


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        Originally posted 2008-10-17 07:46:00.

        How to spot a fake Seiko watch (revised)

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        In the multi-million dollar world of fake and replica watches, you are certainly forgiven if you thought that only Swiss marques are targeted by counterfeiters in the Far East. High end Swiss brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Longines and TAG Heuer are the usual victims. The replica watch industry exists so long as there is enough demand and believe me, there is enough global demand for knock-off timepieces.


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        Originally posted 2008-03-16 23:47:45.

        Seiko Prospex SBDC001 Scuba 200m review

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        Watch History

        • Date acquired: Apr 21 2007
        • Production date: Mar 2007
        • Source: Higuchi Inc, Japan
        • Price paid: JPY47,000 (USD429)
        • Status: In production

          Background

          When stock photos of the SBDC-series divers first appeared on the Internet in early 2007, it created huge ripples in the watch forum communities. It caused widespread excitement and speculation among the Seiko diver watch fans. This was the watch that Seiko enthusiasts had been eagerly anticipating for a very long time. It wasn't just the fact that these were entirely new models, they were also the first Seiko divers based on the relatively new manual winding and hacking 6R15 automatic caliber.


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          Originally posted 2009-09-04 22:38:00.

          How to tell when your Seiko watch was made (Part 1)

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          So, you've just purchased a used or new Seiko watch. Congratulations!  Have you ever wondered when your watch rolled off the assembly line at the factory? In other words, when was it manufactured? Questions relating to the production date of Seikos frequently pop up in various watch forums from time to time.

          Well, in case you didn't know this, the answer to this question actually lies in the set of numbers that are etched or printed on every Seiko watch made. Chances are if you ask watch store assistants when that particular Seiko watch you're interested in buying was made, you'll get a blank expression from them. Either that, or they'll come up with an excuse for not knowing by saying that it's a new arrival (yeah, right!) icon smileHow to tell when your Seiko watch was made (Part 1)


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          Originally posted 2008-06-25 18:11:54.