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Re: King Seiko KS1969

Post by jason_recliner » June 17th 2024, 8:24pm

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Butterfly clasp? :dssd:
Great bracelet and case back.

What's your issue with butterfly clasps? I think they're neater and less bulky than whatever the other type is called, can be more comfortable as well. Definitely better suited to a dressy watch than the other type IMO.
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Re: King Seiko KS1969

Post by conjurer » June 18th 2024, 9:13am

jason_recliner wrote: โ†‘
June 17th 2024, 8:24pm
conjurer wrote: โ†‘
June 17th 2024, 7:50pm
Butterfly clasp? :dssd:
Great bracelet and case back.

What's your issue with butterfly clasps? I think they're neater and less bulky than whatever the other type is called, can be more comfortable as well. Definitely better suited to a dressy watch than the other type IMO.
I've never owned a watch with a butterfly clasp that fit well and wasn't uncomfortable. Butterfly clasps are normally a deal-killer for me. However, given Seiko's expertise with bracelets that look and should be uncomfy but wore far better than one would think, I'd probably give this one a pass, but only if I could try it on at an AD first.

Otherwise, the watch is the tits!
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Re: King Seiko KS1969

Post by bbattle » June 18th 2024, 5:02pm

This for $3,100
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or this for $1,225?
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I think they are both pretty nice but the nod goes to the King Seiko dial and movement. But it is quite a bit more expensive. But then there's the used Grand Seiko market, not to mention the grey market, which makes these King Seikos sitting in no man's land.
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Re: King Seiko KS1969

Post by bedlam » June 18th 2024, 5:36pm

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June 18th 2024, 5:31pm
Very nice.

Seiko did a good job with all those extra PRX-80 dials Tissot had discarded, apparently.

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You are so right...I mean, the colour and pattern differ but otherwise exactly the same!!

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Re: King Seiko KS1969

Post by jason_recliner » June 19th 2024, 5:16pm

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Only $890 and has the in-house caliber Yema2000 movement. ( I think it's based off the Miyota 9015).
Word of warning. There were some issues years back with Yema's first in-house movement. Such a PITA that even now buyers tend to prefer and value more highly the ETA/Selitta-powered versions. I don't know if the movement above is related to the troublesome one.
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Re: King Seiko KS1969

Post by WISenheimer » June 22nd 2024, 3:01pm

Not bad. A little big, would rather see it at 38mm.

Bracelet is great except for my part, not a fan of butterfly clasps. I am another for whom they always seem uncomfortable.

I would classify this as a reimagining. Again, nice watch but seems a bit spendy at 3100 USD although the 6L movement is nice.

For more of an straight up KS reissue, check out the SCVN001 from Seikos Historic Collection from year 2000, back when they did very few reissues.

Straight ahead 52KS in looks size etc, pretty much 5256-8010 model. 52KS were the last outout from the Daini org.

The SCVN001 is powered by the 4S15 movement and is a direct lineal descendant of the 52 movement that gives 52KS its name. The 52 movement was contained in VFA models that caused such consternation in COSC circles in 1970s and is one of the most accurate mechanical movements ever made (so sez the internet).

The SCVN001 was a limited edition of 2000. Despite this and being 24 years old, they are pretty common on Japanese secondary markets and usually in quite excellent condition with full collector kit. Prices range from 1500 to 2500 USD.


Were I in the market for KS, that is where I would go, but that is just me. I have wanted one of these for years, so maybe someday but now am happily in one watch mode.

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Re: King Seiko KS1969

Post by smellody » June 22nd 2024, 5:24pm

WISenheimer wrote: โ†‘
June 22nd 2024, 3:01pm
Not bad. A little big, would rather see it at 38mm.

Bracelet is great except for my part, not a fan of butterfly clasps. I am another for whom they always seem uncomfortable.

I would classify this as a reimagining. Again, nice watch but seems a bit spendy at 3100 USD although the 6L movement is nice.

For more of an straight up KS reissue, check out the SCVN001 from Seikos Historic Collection from year 2000, back when they did very few reissues.

Straight ahead 52KS in looks size etc, pretty much 5256-8010 model. 52KS were the last outout from the Daini org.

The SCVN001 is powered by the 4S15 movement and is a direct lineal descendant of the 52 movement that gives 52KS its name. The 52 movement was contained in VFA models that caused such consternation in COSC circles in 1970s and is one of the most accurate mechanical movements ever made (so sez the internet).

The SCVN001 was a limited edition of 2000. Despite this and being 24 years old, they are pretty common on Japanese secondary markets and usually in quite excellent condition with full collector kit. Prices range from 1500 to 2500 USD.


Were I in the market for KS, that is where I would go, but that is just me. I have wanted one of these for years, so maybe someday but now am happily in one watch mode.

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