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Seiko 5 342

Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,330 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Seiko 5
« on: September 17, 2019, 02:33:27 AM »
If you are in a watch forum like this one, you have likely heard of and probably owned a Seiko 5 series watch.  They are pretty common and, as Seiko's entry level automatic, they are often available for pretty decent prices.

But what does the 5 in Seiko 5 mean?  I have often wondered, and I recently found out.

Seiko wanted their entry level watches to meet certain standards, and so the 5 series was founded on 5 criteria that they felt were important:

1- Diaflex (their supposedly unbreakable mainspring)
2- Diashock (their shock resistant design)
3- Automatic winding
4- Day/Date indicator
5- Water resistance

Some of it might seem like a bit of a no brainer (like the automatic winding in a series of automatic watches) but it seems that the 5 series has taken on enough of a life of it's own that there have been watches issued with the Seiko 5 markings that do not actually meet the criteria, including (gasp) some digital watches.   :ahhh

So, while it seems like a great concept for a standard, Seiko is considering it more of a guideline than an actual hard and fast rule.

Now that you know this, I would like to invite you all to share pics of your Seiko 5's- I have one (and it's a cheap one!) that I will post tomorrow when the light is a little better, but I'd love to see some of yours!

Def

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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2019, 03:47:05 AM »
My only one...a Seiko 5 Sport Frankenmonster.




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Seiko 5
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2019, 10:16:31 AM »
My one and only watch. Like the farmer in the pic, it’s used and not pampered. Only yesterday it was dunked under a running tap to wash off wet cement. After adjustment I have it down to less than half a minute accuracy a week.




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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2019, 11:36:50 AM »
Here's mine. A gift from my wife. It's a customized SNZG15 with orange second hand.
I like it best with a NATO strap.

Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,330 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2019, 12:54:43 AM »
This is mine, but there is a very good chance that it is a knockoff.  It's an automatic, and probably the smallest watch I have.  The weight in the back sounds pretty clunky, not as smooth as any of my other autos.

Def

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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2019, 02:51:41 AM »
My only one...a Seiko 5 Sport Frankenmonster.




I didn’t realize the 5 came in a dive watch with the protective guard on the bezel!  :like:
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2019, 02:52:44 AM »
My one and only watch. Like the farmer in the pic, it’s used and not pampered. Only yesterday it was dunked under a running tap to wash off wet cement. After adjustment I have it down to less than half a minute accuracy a week.

(Image removed from quote.)


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Now this is the 5 I am used to seeing!  :like: :tu:
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2019, 02:54:04 AM »
Here's mine. A gift from my wife. It's a customized SNZG15 with orange second hand.
I like it best with a NATO strap.
Very nice with the 24 hour!  :like: :cheers:
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2019, 02:55:12 AM »
This is mine, but there is a very good chance that it is a knockoff.  It's an automatic, and probably the smallest watch I have.  The weight in the back sounds pretty clunky, not as smooth as any of my other autos.

Def
Nice one  :like:
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2019, 04:24:54 AM »
Mine and my sons



Mine on the left with our Huntsman’s

And the SKX007



Same 7s26 movement

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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2019, 06:13:13 AM »
And I missed one


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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,330 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2019, 11:43:36 AM »
Nice ones Smashie!   :tu:

Very sweet watches indeed, and the Huntsman is always a great choice as well!

Def

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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2019, 06:30:06 AM »
Mine and my sons

(Image removed from quote.)

Mine on the left with our Huntsman’s

And the SKX007

(Image removed from quote.)

Same 7s26 movement
That 007 dive watch is nice! :like:
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2019, 04:55:12 PM »
That 007 dive watch is nice! :like:

As they have just been discontinued grab one while you can. The ’replacement’ is $380 and it is NOT an ISO rated dive watch.

They will make one in the Prospex line but if take a guess at that being $600 given their recent pricing.

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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2019, 05:15:37 PM »
I only have 1 Seiko 5.

It was thrown in a trashbin.
Someone saved it and gave it to me.
Some hour markers and the date frame were loose in the case, so I glued them back in place.
The crystal was chipped, so I installed a new one.
The slight sphere in this crystal adds a sparkle to the watch.

I then put a matching bracelet on it, but never carried it since gold isn't really my colour


Buy now or regret later
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,330 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2019, 12:42:55 AM »
Very nice watch!  I can see why you may not wear it though- it definitely seems a bit too nice for me too.  I have a few that fall into that category already, and most I will probably sell or trade simply because I will never wear them. 

Nice things and I have never really gotten on.   :facepalm:

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2019, 08:45:05 AM »
It's available if anyone would like to own it :D

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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2019, 11:06:37 AM »
My wife gifted me my 5 for Valentine a few years ago. A black dial Sea Urchin. It turned out to be my most used present ever.
I did swap the metal band for a leather one.


Lume shot. (my only gripe is that I would have preferred it to be blue lume)




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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2019, 12:26:20 PM »
G'Day,

Some stunning watches presented!!!

I have a Mapmeter, one of the few 200M rated ones. I wear this one quite often, one of my favourite Seiko's

Cheers, Pete
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Seiko 5
« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2019, 02:23:17 PM »
G'Day,

Some stunning watches presented!!!

I have a Mapmeter, one of the few 200M rated ones. I wear this one quite often, one of my favourite Seiko's

Cheers, Pete

Very cool, not seen one of those before  :tu:

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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2019, 03:02:46 PM »
SNZG17...
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2019, 03:17:06 PM »

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” - Socrates
"I'm not feeling very talky today, off you smurf". - Smashie
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2019, 06:11:28 PM »
:hatsoff:
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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #23 on: October 04, 2019, 11:24:39 PM »
Hey boss! Glad to see you and what a wonderful thread. I own a Seiko 5 and it is a incredible entry level automatic as you said. I don't wear mine much as for my personal taste it is a bit small. I’m a large watch junkie. With the exception of that it has been a dream to own and wear without a single issue. I will get pictures as soon as I can. Glad to see you and everyone else!

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Re: Seiko 5
« Reply #24 on: October 06, 2019, 11:11:53 PM »
Here's a pic of my Seiko 5 along with Mr. Crunch (after all, it is Creepy Crunch month).



And here's one from my Swisstool and my Black Monster.


 

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