Seikomatic-R from 1966

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Seikomatic-R from 1966

Post by koimaster » June 8th 2020, 11:45am

It is easy to develop a misapprehension, when first dipping one’s toe into the pool of what a particular watch company’s vintage back catalogue has to offer, that every watch is fitted with one or other minor variation of the same movement calibre. I plead guilty to forming just such an impression during my formative years as a vintage Seiko obsessive. It seemed to me at the time that pretty much every watch worthy of consideration was fitted with some variant of the Seiko 61 or 62 series movement, with the lesser fare served by a movement caliber beginning with a 7. The honorable exception to the rule was the Bell-Matic with its innovative 4005/6. It is all too easy to categorize as a result every Seiko as a non-hacking auto lacking a manual winding facility and further to conclude that the middle of the road staple Seiko movement is placed a notch or two below the lofty sophistication of say an ETA 2472, only countering in its ability to run for decades without maintenance.

Until relatively recently, my perspective on the Seiko movement landscape of the 1960’s was of a foundation defined by the venerable 62 series, fitted in various forms to all and sundry from aspirational to royalty, and subsequently replaced by the 61 series, also fitted hither and thither to pretty much all levels within the Seiko model hierarchy. However, that perspective fails rather to take account of a number of sophisticated, beautifully designed calibres sitting left of field, one notable example being the svelt 83 series automatic, which made its entrance as early as 1963.

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