The 5 that got me started..?

This was the Seiko 5 that got me into automatic/mechanical watches, or at least it’s the first automatic watch I bought for myself. What better way to begin than with a Seiko 5—a classic choice for every newbie? I had always liked having watches before getting this Seiko 5; the ones I had were mostly battery-powered or no longer available in the market. Remember 25 Hours? I owned one from them on my 18th birthday, and it lasted well until one day, a slip of the hand caused a great landing on the floor, and boy, smashed glass. It was a precious gift from my sister, so I had it wrapped and kept with the broken bits.

Fast forward to 2019, I was looking around for something on a leather band for my last ‘replacement’ and as a daily beater when I chanced upon this being sold as ‘almost new,’ marking my very first deal done. True enough, the fellow seller was communicative and explained a lot about how to set it, followed by tips and tricks on setting the day and date. I had lots of fun admiring the watch. Upon closer look, you’ll see the Seiko 5 logos repeated on the dial in a subtle manner. I have to say; it’s a pleasant surprise when I noticed that. It was mostly the clean and elegant-looking dial that caught my eye when I first saw it through the listing.

The lume on this watch is truly impeccable, casting a soft glow along the hour and minute hands, as well as the tip of the indices, especially in slightly shaded areas – a touch of pure elegance.

Now, the 7S26 movement, with its 21 jewels, may lack hacking seconds and manual winding functions. Yet, considering its performance for the price, it's proven to be a reliable companion for everyday wear.

As it stands, I've sent it off to the watchmaker for a full servicing. It's interesting how, despite its technical details, I never thought I'd find myself missing this piece. Perhaps it's more than just the mechanics; there's a certain sentimental value that's grown over time.

*25 Hours was a Singapore brand watch.

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Great find! Where’d you get the strap?

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Nice! Thanks for sharing It with us!

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I see you 😊

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My first Seiko was SNXS73 in 2011.

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I also lost my mechanical watch virginity (sorry, it sounded better in my head) with a Seiko 5. Mine is an SNKL81K1, and I love it to bits.

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The Seiko 5 series has very few peers when years in production, price point and the multitude of design choices are considered.

Simple yet historically robust movements, lovely dial finishes, industry leading lume and interesting colorways has resulted in me whipping out my wallet on a regular basis.

Sincerely wishing you the best of luck in building your collection. 👍

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I like the Seiko 5s . I had one from 1981 , the one that displays the whole day (rather than mon/tue/wed) . Loved it so much I went looking about to see where I could get it serviced . Then I found they still made it so bought a new one . £100 from Amazon . Best £100 you can get in my humble opinion

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Mr.Santana

Nice! Thanks for sharing It with us!

No prob, thought would be interesting to share the backstories of how the pieces came about.

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A Seiko 5 was my entry point into mechanical watches! Gave it to my younger brother now but it served me well