How many variations are there for the Seiko VK64? Show us yours

So I just finished watching Jody's (JOMW) new video review of the hyped-up Furlan Marri Patek homage running a Seiko VK64.

https://youtu.be/ebd8sm2saTk

It got me to thinking - just how many VK63/64 watches do I own? 

They are easy to consume because most are value-priced (except FM - unless you picked it up on Kickstarter).

Here are the results of my search through my database (didn't have wrist shots yet for all of them) - don't see yours there? Then please add to the list. I know I have only a fraction of what's out there.

What do you think about mecaquartz chronographs? Value purchase or something to avoid?

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I’ve only ever had one mec-quartz this Boldr Ventura. 

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It was interesting having a sweeping second hand on a quartz accurate watch, but, and this problem might be specific to this particular watch, I missed the independent second hand. The Ventura just had the Chronograph second not one that went continuously. 

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Matt84

I’ve only ever had one mec-quartz this Boldr Ventura. 

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It was interesting having a sweeping second hand on a quartz accurate watch, but, and this problem might be specific to this particular watch, I missed the independent second hand. The Ventura just had the Chronograph second not one that went continuously. 

Thanks for sharing Matt!

Yes - the bi-compax or two sub-dial versions are typically the 24 hour dial and the 60 minute counter. You need to pick-up one of the tri-compax or three sub-dial versions to get the ticking second hand - for reference look at the Dan Henry or the Nezumi Tonnerre.

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ChronoGuy

Thanks for sharing Matt!

Yes - the bi-compax or two sub-dial versions are typically the 24 hour dial and the 60 minute counter. You need to pick-up one of the tri-compax or three sub-dial versions to get the ticking second hand - for reference look at the Dan Henry or the Nezumi Tonnerre.

Thanks I’ll bear that in mind next time I’m looking at getting one of these. It’s silly really as I don’t really need the second hand but I did miss it. 🤷‍♂️

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There ya go, wet'n the chops with all that vk awesomeness!! I was going to post a pic off Google but, I'm pretty sure it's of your wrist!!!

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Meca-quartz are almost great. They are accurate, thin, reliable, available and are a great solution for micro brands. They are almost perfect, except for two issues:

The first is that it's impossible to adjust the chrono hand. Some quartz movements allows for micro stepping the hand if it drift out of alignment but this function is missing from Seiko VK movements. My Dan Henry 1962 racing chrono has its hand 1/4 of a second to the right and this is it.

The second issue is the 24Hr. indicator. Seiko has an unhealthy fetish for the 24Hr indicator, which on a 3 register chrono is as useful as a sundial and real turn off on a 2 register dial because it will take over the place of the small second or the 60 minutes counter.

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Mine are mostly from Undone as I'm a big fan 😎👍

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I don’t own one, but that Nezumi and Nivada are making my wrist a little tingly. 

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Catskinner

Meca-quartz are almost great. They are accurate, thin, reliable, available and are a great solution for micro brands. They are almost perfect, except for two issues:

The first is that it's impossible to adjust the chrono hand. Some quartz movements allows for micro stepping the hand if it drift out of alignment but this function is missing from Seiko VK movements. My Dan Henry 1962 racing chrono has its hand 1/4 of a second to the right and this is it.

The second issue is the 24Hr. indicator. Seiko has an unhealthy fetish for the 24Hr indicator, which on a 3 register chrono is as useful as a sundial and real turn off on a 2 register dial because it will take over the place of the small second or the 60 minutes counter.

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Excellent points - I consider the 24-hour sub-dial as a glorified date/night indicator. It would be really cool if someone could figure out how to program it as a GMT - that would make it really useful.

Love that Dan Henry Panda.

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IanCognito

Mine are mostly from Undone as I'm a big fan 😎👍

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Excellent collection! Thanks for sharing. Some references in there that were new to me.

My guess is many of us have been initiated into the VK64 via Undone.

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valleykilmers

I don’t own one, but that Nezumi and Nivada are making my wrist a little tingly. 

I have to hand it to Nezumi - that have done an excellent job with their watches.

They keep the price to value ratio just right and have really cool designs.

They also make watches with mechanical movements. 

Last year they released their first mechanical chronograph - their 10th Anniversary Voiture running the manual Sellita SW510Mb - lovely watch and worth the price at $1,500.

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They also released a mechanical dive watch the Baleine which runs the ubiquitous NH35 and was a little bit pricey at $450, but that combination of gold/black was irresistible.

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ChronoGuy

I have to hand it to Nezumi - that have done an excellent job with their watches.

They keep the price to value ratio just right and have really cool designs.

They also make watches with mechanical movements. 

Last year they released their first mechanical chronograph - their 10th Anniversary Voiture running the manual Sellita SW510Mb - lovely watch and worth the price at $1,500.

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They also released a mechanical dive watch the Baleine which runs the ubiquitous NH35 and was a little bit pricey at $450, but that combination of gold/black was irresistible.

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Yeah that Voiture is really nice and priced just right. I’ve been close to pulling the trigger on a Nivada with similar manual movement in the past. I really like this design though. 

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valleykilmers

Yeah that Voiture is really nice and priced just right. I’ve been close to pulling the trigger on a Nivada with similar manual movement in the past. I really like this design though. 

You can't go wrong with either Nezumi or Nivada. Nivada also uses the same Sellita SW510M for its manual chronographs. The size of your wrist might be the differentiator - the Nezumi is 40mm and the Nivada is 38.3mm - the Nezumi wears a bit larger than the Nivada.

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MMI Turret I picked up runs a modified VK64 movement 

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I do like the cream and blue dialled Nezumi though, but they’ve always been sold out when I have a look 😢

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TonyXXX

MMI Turret I picked up runs a modified VK64 movement 

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I do like the cream and blue dialled Nezumi though, but they’ve always been sold out when I have a look 😢

Thanks - haven't seen that one before