Got it cheap on eBay as I thought it was cool, arabic date on it. Factor in ordered thanksgiving day while slightly drunk. Seems to be a few things wrong on it and I don’t know what I’m doing in most things in life. Some help would be appreciated.
Tough to tell from a single picture of the front.
What are the 0000-0000 numbers on the case back?
I can hear and feel the weight moving, it doesn’t seem to wind with the crown. the 5 emblem is not in the right place it seems.
Yea looks like a frankenwatch. Also its probably not hand cranking.
Down the rabbit hole you go....
Check the movement. Is it a 21 jewel age appropriate Seiko movement (it will be functional, not pretty).
Do the serial numbers on the case tell you the month and year of manufacture? There are websites for this.
Can you find similar models? This may require scouring the internet.
A couple of points of concern: a) placement of the 5, and b) the second hand. The 5 is normally above the pinion (some Seikophiles may point to contrary examples). Given that it looks to be late 1970's to late 1980's I would not expect color (or a triangle pointer) on the second hand (again, Seiko collectors may know more). The case looks "off", but I may just be projecting.
Seiko made plenty of watches with an Arabic option.
What country did it come from?
Seiko did not do hand winding until fairly recently. It was always a shake to get it started.
I did that check and it said it was produced in 1984.
Your points are what made me start to question. 5 placement is very odd to me as every other Seiko 5 I’ve seen has it directly below the Seiko emblem. But i could be wrong.
I have seen other Arabic dated Seiko pieces and I liked it, hence why I drunkenly made the purchase.
it was shipped from the US with no tags or anything. Ive made worse decisions while intoxicated, but I’m still unsure on this one.
Gotcha, unaware of that. Thanks!
Gotcha, I’m gonna try to get the caseback off tonight and see what I can learn.
As long as its running and functioning correctly Id rock it. It looks like a cool watch, it just wont be collectable.
The dial and indices are hauntingly familiar, although yours are better applied than mine as is the contractual obligation miminal lume:
This Indian refurb Citizen actually runs pretty well with a little tune-up:
For the price of a packet of cigarettes it wasn't a bad deal and I enjoy wearing it when I get an urge for some budget bling.
For what its worth, my recent-ish new SNK809 does the arabic and english day of the week.
The other feature of an Indian refurb is the caseback sanded within a few thousandths of an inch of its life:
And don't get it wet because gaskets for the caseback and crownstem apparently would have cost too much.
Noob that has always liked good watches