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    What is Seiko 5?

    Probably been asked a million times but I can't find it with the search; is Seiko 5 a 'cheaper', less capable type of Seiko. Would someone care to enlighten?

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    Re: What is Seiko 5?

    Well I can at least point you in the right direction I think. Seiko 5 is a line of automatic movement watches that are on the lower cost side of autos, but they are not call them less capable. A lot of people on here have Seiko 5s, especially in the affordable watch forum. I think one of them could help fill in a lot more!
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    Re: What is Seiko 5?

    Thanks.

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    Re: What is Seiko 5?

    Seiko 5 refers to:

    1. Diaflex (unbreakable mainspring)
    2. Diashock (Seiko's shock resistant design, equivalent to the Swiss "Incabloc" or "Kif," etc.)
    3. Automatic winding
    4. Date/date indication
    5. Water resistant
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    Re: What is Seiko 5?

    Thanks, good to know. But is that better or worse than standard 'Seiko'?


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    Seiko's are usually judged by the movement. There isn't really a standard seiko.

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    Thanks, good to know. But is that better or worse than standard 'Seiko'?

    There is no real 'standard' seiko. The way to judge any seiko is by the movement. Currently the 5 line is using the 7s26 or 7s36. This is the workhorse seiko movement. It is also in the diver line SKX line. Mass produced and reliable. It is a non hacking, non handwinding, bidirectional auto with a 21600bph. The movements can all be swapped around- much to the delight of watch modifiers everywhere.

    There are literally hundreds models of 5's. You just choose the features you want. 50m or a 100m water resistance, bezel, hands, date wheel colour etc etc.

    Once you move up to the higher movements such as a 6s15, the features of the movement increase and the overal finish. Hacking, handwinding, bph. You can find this in the new Alpinist, and Spirit line. The price jumps up as well.

    In my view the 5 is a great line of watches. Inexpensive and durable with hundreds of choices. The 5 would probably be considered the standard Seiko line.

    Hope this helps. JMHO, YMMV, Professional driver on a closed course.

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    Re: Seiko's are usually judged by the movement. There isn't really a standard seiko.

    Ill have to agree here. The seiko 5's are a great line of watches for someone on a budget who wants a mechanical. Not only is it cheap, the movement its self is quite tough but not the most accurate mechanical out there. If you want to move up a little look at the Seiko 5 sports and superiors. The superiors have a 7s36 mvt. and many have sapphire crystals. But, for alot of people the folded link bracelets found on most 5's are deal breakers but for 50 bucks why complain? In short, they are good/solid/values that most everyone love once they wear them.
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    Re: What is Seiko 5?

    Nice watches for sure and an affordable price.

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    Re: What is Seiko 5?

    Seiko makes auto watches from the 7s series at the lowest end to the GS line at the high end (leaving out Spring Drives and other variations or innovations). The 7s series are robust and very well known for their ability to just keep on going regardless of what happens to them or whether they are ever serviced. Many who hold "Swiss" to be somehow a mark of perfection hold them in contempt - but then they often have never owned one or actually put one to the test. There are endless stories about 7 series watches (7005 and now the 7s series) running for multiple decades without any maintenance and keeping solid time. I personally have a 30+ year old 7005 that was left unattended in an attic for 20+ years (heat, cold, etc.) and when picked up some months ago just started back up and has been keeping +-10s/day time ever since (well within NEW 2824 standards - and its SWISS).

    So, the 5 series have either the 7s25/6 or 7s35/6 movements in them (day-date variations account for the 25 or 26 and 35 or 36 designations) and they are solid, dependable, low cost movements that make it possible for loads of people to never have to replace a battery again.
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    Re: What is Seiko 5?

    Thanks, all - very useful.

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