1983 Seiko 5 Automatic- want to know more...
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    1983 Seiko 5 Automatic- want to know more...

    Hello there,
    I'd like to know something more about a certain Seiko 5 Automatic. It was bought by my grandfather, when in 1983 he worked on a contract for modernization of electric installations in Baghdad, Iraq. The watch has a day/date window, displaying the day in English and French- depending on the setting, it displays every second position on the day wheel. So... is this a common movement? I also wonder, when the Seiko 5 series was introduced- there are a few generations of those, and I wonder to which one does this piece belong. Here are the pictures. I couldn't take off the case back, though.
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    Re: 1983 Seiko 5 Automatic- want to know more...

    Seiko's '5' is an entry level watch having certain features - one of them being the daydate display. The movement is a 6309 (as indicated by the reference number 6309-8840), and the serial number begins with a 3, indicating a manufacturing date in 1973 or 1983. Best is you google the reference number to find out more.

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    Re: 1983 Seiko 5 Automatic- want to know more...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomcat1960 View Post
    Seiko's '5' is an entry level watch having certain features - one of them being the daydate display. The movement is a 6309 (as indicated by the reference number 6309-8840), and the serial number begins with a 3, indicating a manufacturing date in 1973 or 1983. Best is you google the reference number to find out more.

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    It's 1983 positively, then. That's when it was bought- actually, it was bought along with another Seiko 5, though the other had golden hands and golden hour markers- two square markers at 12, single squares at 6 and 9. I still keep both watches. I don't really collect Japanese watches, hence my lack of knowledge about them. Thanks for the info!
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    Re: 1983 Seiko 5 Automatic- want to know more...

    Still being manufactured and virtually unchanged from one in above pics, the SNXS79K



    Amazing value and a great performer - I have been wearing mine daily to work for nearly a year and it performs faultlessly. When I had the dial and hands changed they pressure tested it and told me that it was very well constructed with excellent seals



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