Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year
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    Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    It is older than me (though not by much) and still works very well (like me )






    All stainless steel





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    "Dear Mr. Xxxx,
    It seems to be a #10 line, manufactured from 1931 to 1945.
    There are just a few materials we have, we couldn’t find any more.
    Thank you for your inquiry.
    SEIKO MUSEUM"













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    Re: Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    I like the robustness of the case. Pre-war perhaps? Made for export? Since the back is marked in English, unlikely after 1941....
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    Re: Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    Amazing looking watch! What the size/diameter of it (without the crown)?

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    Re: Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    Quote Originally Posted by esdy_11192 View Post
    Amazing looking watch! What the size/diameter of it (without the crown)?
    The diameter is 30mm and 36mm lug to lug


    Quote Originally Posted by marks55 View Post
    I like the robustness of the case. Pre-war perhaps? Made for export? Since the back is marked in English, unlikely after 1941....
    I saw the mark "stainless steel" or "steel" also on watches for the home market.
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    Re: Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    Nice watch.

    Seiko used English for Stainless Steel for the domestic market even back then. It most likely is a watch that was geared to soldiers, fisherman or folks that labored outdoors as stainless steel watches were not popular with folks back then. Gold , Rolled Gold, Chrome Plated cased watches were popular in Japan(as they were in the USA and Europe then also) and pocket watches were still very popular in Japan (Waltham pocket watches in particular judging by all the trade ads). Indeed, if you look at the pictures of the Japanese delegation for the signing of the surrender documents on the USS Missouri, you will see diplomats with top hats, formal wear and pocket watch chains.

    By 1941 the War in the Pacific was raging and steel products were rationed. Seiko made many things for the war effort of Japan. It is possible they also made watches that were both issued to the Japanese military to be given out as issued watches and also sold watches to individual Japanese soldiers.

    A good keepsake
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    Re: Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    Did they not use the name Seikosha until the 1950's ?

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    Re: Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    Considering where it comes from, it could have belonged to a POW

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    Re: Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    There is surprisingly little information about these movements. Odd, considering the volumes they were produced in and the longevity of the 10''' Seikosha movements. Anyway, for general information, what I have been able to find out is that there were 3 basic models in the 10''' series. I don't have any specs on them. Anyway, here they are in their glory, the 10A, 10B and 10C. And so I suppose that yours must be 10D or something like it. I've asked around and never really got much more information about them…
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    Re: Seiko of the WWII era - First arrival of the year

    Recently I got this Seiko from an online auction. It is similar to the one from Bubba48. After some online searching I think it has Cal. 10 movements. Also this one has Nickel back. But I have no Idea when this was produced. Anyone has an Idea? Thanks.


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