Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401
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    Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401

    I'm trying to complete my research regarding the "Philippine SEIKO". The SKX models 399 & 401 are usually regarded as the "Philippine SEIKO" because these watches were first seen in the Philippines and therefore assumed that it was released only in the Philippines. There were also other sightings in some Southeast Asian countries (Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam). When it was first spotted as a pre-owned acquisition watch, the buyer was doubting its authenticity. Others assumed that it was a fake or a SKX007 or SKX009 modded using an aftermarket dial. Forums immediately scrutinized these watch models since they were never announced as an official SEIKO release. Until now, I really don't understand why it was not officially released. The only reason I can think of is that it was only released in the Philippines or Southeast asia. These watch models were only recognized as authentic when some SEIKO collectors were able to acquire and report that they were able to purchase brand new samples from authorized SEIKO dealers. Thus, it became official that both the 399 and 401 are "real" SEIKO watches.

    Presently, these watches are getting scarce (SKX399) and rare (SKX401). There is also a demand (collectors looking for one) and therefore frankens (cobbled up watch), fakes and aftermarkets are appearing to pose as the real thing. I am researching to establish a base line or reference for these watch models. I have seen a lot of samples both real and fake. But, I still believe that I should continue with my research for the benefit of watch lovers who love or collect Seiko watches.

    That is why, I am calling all owners of the SKX399 & SKX401. Please post your watch and answer the following details:

    watch model: 399 or 401?
    Acquired Brand new or Pre-owned?
    Production date: Indicate first number of serial number. Ex: 7xxxxxxx means 1997 or 2007 depending on production release
    Day wheel English-Roman Numeral or English-Spanish

    Your watch picture and answering the following details will greatly help with my research and hopefully i will post an article that can be used as reference.

    Advance thanks to anyone who will help me in this endeavor.

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    Re: Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401

    Hi,
    I was trying to find the release date of my SKX399, and found this post, which has not been very successful...
    My SKX399 is BNIB, never worn. I bought it in January 2018 and its serial number starts with 12.....
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    let's offer them a new life !

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    Re: Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401

    Quote Originally Posted by westy64 View Post
    Hi,
    I was trying to find the release date of my SKX399, and found this post, which has not been very successful...
    My SKX399 is BNIB, never worn. I bought it in January 2018 and its serial number starts with 12.....
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    Nice catch!

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    Re: Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401

    That's a clean SKX399. Great condition

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    watch model: 399 and 401 Acquired: Pre-owned Production date:399&401 both 2000 D/D: English-Roman
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    Re: Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401

    Quote Originally Posted by tro_jan View Post
    Nice catch!

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    If you dont mind, where did you buy it? I am looking into buying one atm

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    Re: Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401

    Other than the rectangular indices, are there any significant differences?


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    Re: Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401

    Quote Originally Posted by akierstein View Post
    Other than the rectangular indices, are there any significant differences?


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    NO.
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    Re: Calling all owners of SKX399 & SKX401

    Quote Originally Posted by Lordofrings View Post
    NO.
    Cool, thanks. I like the look better than my 007. Love the watch but never a fan of the round indices. ( Or the slippery bezel knurling for that matter.)


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