Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seiko 5 6309-8910 - My first vintage Seiko and the first Caliber 6309A in my Collection, A Review

This is my second watch purchase from eBay. A vintage Seiko 5 6309-8910 square face model. Based on the serial number on the case-back, it is November 1973 production piece.

This watch was from a seller in the UK. I placed a bid for GBP25 and on 5 January 2014 I was informed that I won the bid. It was sent by tracked international post. The postage was inclusive of the final price.

I got the package through normal mail. The watch is wrapped in a normal envelope. I was initially apprehensive that it could be damaged due to the lack of a study box.

When I opened the package, I got a printed note of thanks from the seller.

The watch was sandwiched between slabs of Styrofoams.

The reveal.

The watch is a men's version and pre-owned. Made by Seiko under the affordable Seiko 5 sub-brand, it has a case size of 35 mm without the crown. The material is stainless steel.

The case condition is excellent. Only micro scratch marks are noticeable. The glass condition is also excellent. Type used is mineral glass.

The white-like material scene at the edge of the glass is the dusk from the Styrofoam. Once cleaned from the dusk, it look like new.

However, the dial does show its age. Apart from the brand and logo "SEIKO" and "5" on the top half of the watch, the word "AUTOMATIC" can be seen at bottom half. The lume on the hands have degraded and you can see some patina on all the four markers (including the hands).

This watch comes with a date and date function and this window is located at the 3 o'clock position. The date has an option of either Arabic or English.

The crown in situated at the 3 o'clock position. It is a pull-out crown and has 3 positions to enable it to adjust the time and the date/day function.

Since I have been using it, the accuracy is good and all the functions are working as it should.

Unfortunately the original bracelet was not available for this watch. The seller provide a replacement which is a  2-Tone Universal Stainless Steel bracelet that fits up to a 7.5 inch wrist.

The movement is a Seiko Caliber 6309A with 17 jewels. An automatic movement with no hand-winding and hacking capabilities.

This watch looks nice on my wrist. Although the water proofing is suspect due to the age, the fact that a 41 year old watch is still being used is a testament to the quality of the watch.

The is my first vintage Seiko and the first Caliber 6309A to come into my collection.

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