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    Re: Seiko 5 Malaysian movements?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake B View Post
    Ah, we hear so many "myths" and stories about this subject for so long, that I started asking some people who're in the right places at SII Japan and and TMI (SII's Hong Kong Co.) to try and lay it to rest, if for no-one else, then at least for my own peace of mind. I've been lucky to end up in the right positions to talk to some great people who've been able to help clarify things a little bit. The actual reason for them being made there is a little bit more complicated...
    And, in spite of these myths; we still have no proof that there is any difference in quality between those made in the various factories.

    If the prestige of owning a Made in Japan watch is important to the buyer then that's what he/she should go for. But if the buyer simply likes the model then usually some money can be saved buy getting one made in the non Japan factories...smae quality, just a little less expensive :)
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    I own that same watch and mine is nearly as accurate as the made-in-Japan 6R15 movement in my SCVS003. Mine gains about a minute per week.

    That Seiko 5 is a good little watch, regardless of where the movement was assembled. I've owned four different Seiko 5 models and been happy with the accuracy of all of them.
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    Re: Seiko 5 Malaysian movements?

    I have a "Black Monster" and a "Velatura". There is nothing on the Monster to indicate where it is made, which means it's not made in Japan. The Velatura says "Movement Japan" on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeTritium View Post
    Thanks for that! May explain why my Made in Japan Seiko5sports keep better then 3 seconds a day.
    My SNZJ53J (Made in Japan) has been keeping outstanding time, less than 5 seconds/day. It's a runs slow on the watch winder and a bit fast otherwise, but not more than 5 seconds/day. Overall it keeps pace with my atomic Casio, very pleased with the performance of the Seiko.

    I got a Black Monster coming my way. Looking forward to comparing the 7S36 (Japan) with the 7S26 (Malaysia/Singapore) in the Monster.

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    This one of those debates that could easily be put to rest if Seiko would just answer the question. I sent an e-mail to Seiko USA asking about Seiko 5's and their movements. All they would tell me was that my watch was not made for sale in The USA. The watch in question was a gray market SNZJ05 (English & Arabic Day Wheel) purchased from Hong Kong Dealer. I then wrote an actual pen & paper letter (remember when people used to write letters?) to Seiko HQ in Japan. They replied with a letter thanking me for being a loyal customer since the 1980's. What it did not contain was an answer about where the movements are made. lol they did however send me a super fancy "Seiko" custom designed ink pen complete with case.
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    Re: Seiko 5 Malaysian movements?

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiko5Fan View Post
    This one of those debates that could easily be put to rest if Seiko would just answer the question. I sent an e-mail to Seiko USA asking about Seiko 5's and their movements. All they would tell me was that my watch was not made for sale in The USA. The watch in question was a gray market SNZJ05 (English & Arabic Day Wheel) purchased from Hong Kong Dealer. I then wrote an actual pen & paper letter (remember when people used to write letters?) to Seiko HQ in Japan. They replied with a letter thanking me for being a loyal customer since the 1980's. What it did not contain was an answer about where the movements are made. lol they did however send me a super fancy "Seiko" custom designed ink pen complete with case.
    They have, and this is the answer I was given, in person, over lunch...

    Incorrect. Some 7s26 have been made in Singapore, some in Malaysia, and some in Japan. Those marked "JAPAN" on the rotor were made in Morioka, at the same factory as the 6R15.

    Source of info: Former Watch Movement Business Administration (Planning Section) Representative, Seiko Instruments Inc. Japan
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    Re: Seiko 5 Malaysian movements?

    Hey folks,

    This thread is a bit old but I bought the watch the OP linked. Here's a link the Amazon item.

    Any how, I was curious about the Malaysian made movement and was searching around to learn more about it. So as I understand it now, my new watch was manufactured in a factory in Malaysia.
    Some photos of the back and front of the watch:

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    One thing that bothers me is the Chinese printed Seiko Limited Warranty and Instruction booklet. There's errors on page 33. For instance, the North America and Central & South America headings don't fit within the upside down triangle. Also there's a typo with the "Central &South America" heading.

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    I Googled to see if anyone else was talking about this error in the booklet but didn't find anything.

    I emailed SEIKO USA today about it.

    What do you guys think?

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    Re: Seiko 5 Malaysian movements?

    Maybe the Chinese warranty booklet is meant for the Chinese market.

    And the heading is not misspelled. They are using the plural form for two Americas which is Central America and South America. That's how it's written (as Central and South Americas) in order to distinguish both Americas.

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    Re: Seiko 5 Malaysian movements?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoss View Post
    Maybe the Chinese warranty booklet is meant for the Chinese market.

    And the heading is not misspelled. They are using the plural form for two Americas which is Central America and South America. That's how it's written (as Central and South Americas) in order to distinguish both Americas.
    I didn't say it was a spelling error. Look at it again, there should be a space between the '&' and the word 'South'. Regardless of the market it is meant for, it seems unprofessional that the words don't fit within the triangles.

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    Outside of Japan, the largest movement and watch manufacture loaction for Seiko is in Malaysia. The SII movement manufacture arm has a factory right next to one of my vendor's office in Singapore too.

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