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Old 12-26-2011, 02:26 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I bought a seiko 5 mens pseudo divers from a pawnshop in florida for 5 dollars.
Long story short, with minimal upkeep this 1976 seiko 5 still keeps time and runs smooth. Its hard to believe this 30 plus year old watch still works this well.
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I would suspect that the Seiko 5 is probably the largest production jeweled movement automatic watch currently made. Seiko has automated their production to the point that they can turn out a good quality 21 jewel automatic day and date movement at minimal cost. They make the watch in a wide variety of cases and at a range of prices.

I have two of the Seiko 5 icons, the orange monster and the black monster.
sorry, but the Monsters are not part of the Seiko 5 line
The monsters may not be officially part of the Seiko 5 line but they use the same 7S26 movement as the Seiko 5 models. My Orange Monster is marked 7S26-0350 and a "Seiko 5" marked automatic I have, a dirt cheap model, is marked 7S26-0430. To me that says that the Monsters are part of the Seiko 5 family as they use the same movement, regardless of theoretical designations and a lack of the 5 logo on the Monster dials.

It also shows how quite widely different priced watches from one maker can use the same guts. The big difference between my Orange Monster and cheap Seiko 5 is the visiblequality and added weightof the casework and bracelet on the Orange Monster compared to the inexpensive version. Solid machined bracelet links on the monster and folded steel links on the cheapie are avisible difference.
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Just because Seiko uses the same BASE Movement - doesnt Mean you can call it "CHEAP"

sure its the basic automatic movement - so what - Citizen uses the 8215 in the same way

and no one is calling them cheap

the Seiko 5 is a distinction of a line of watches - not whether or not its CHEAP

I have had many many 5's and i would not call them CHEAP

and yes there are less expensive variants in the 5 line - doesnt mean they are cheap

Maybe you should sell your CHEAP Seiko 5 and rid yourself the embarassment

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The monsters may not be officially part of the Seiko 5 line but they use the same 7S26 movement as the Seiko 5 models. My Orange Monster is marked 7S26-0350 and a "Seiko 5" marked automatic I have, a dirt cheap model, is marked 7S26-0430. To me that says that the Monsters are part of the Seiko 5 family as they use the same movement, regardless of theoretical designations and a lack of the 5 logo on the Monster dials.

It also shows how quite widely different priced watches from one maker can use the same guts. The big difference between my Orange Monster and cheap Seiko 5 is the visiblequality and added weightof the casework and bracelet on the Orange Monster compared to the inexpensive version. Solid machined bracelet links on the monster and folded steel links on the cheapie are avisible difference.
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I would suspect that the Seiko 5 is probably the largest production jeweled movement automatic watch currently made. Seiko has automated their production to the point that they can turn out a good quality 21 jewel automatic day and date movement at minimal cost. They make the watch in a wide variety of cases and at a range of prices.

I have two of the Seiko 5 icons, the orange monster and the black monster.
sorry, but the Monsters are not part of the Seiko 5 line
The monsters may not be officially part of the Seiko 5 line but they use the same 7S26 movement as the Seiko 5 models.¬* My Orange Monster is marked 7S26-0350 and a "Seiko 5" marked automatic I have, a dirt cheap model, is marked 7S26-0430.¬* To me that says that the Monsters are part of the Seiko 5 family as they use the same movement, regardless of theoretical designations and a lack of the 5 logo on the Monster dials.

It also shows how quite widely different priced watches from one maker can use the same guts.¬* The big difference between my Orange Monster and cheap Seiko 5 is the visible¬*quality and added weight¬*of the casework and bracelet on the Orange Monster compared to the inexpensive version.¬* Solid machined bracelet links on the monster and folded steel links on the cheapie are a¬*visible difference.
7Sxx mov't is used in a number of Seiko watches, not just the 5 line.

you can consider the Monster to be a "5" all you want, but that does not make it so. the 5's are a specific line of watches that does not include the Monsters, the SKX divers, or others using the 7Sxx such as the Stargate. this is not theoretical, it is fact.
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Just because Seiko uses the same BASE Movement - doesnt Mean you can call it "CHEAP"

sure its the basic automatic movement - so what - Citizen uses the 8215 in the same way

and no one is calling them cheap

the Seiko 5 is a distinction of a line of watches - not whether or not its CHEAP

I have had many many 5's and i would not call them CHEAP

and yes there are less expensive variants in the 5 line - doesnt mean they are cheap

Maybe you should sell your CHEAP Seiko 5 and rid yourself the embarassment

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The monsters may not be officially part of the Seiko 5 line but they use the same 7S26 movement as the Seiko 5 models.¬* My Orange Monster is marked 7S26-0350 and a "Seiko 5" marked automatic I have, a dirt cheap model, is marked 7S26-0430.¬* To me that says that the Monsters are part of the Seiko 5 family as they use the same movement, regardless of theoretical designations and a lack of the 5 logo on the Monster dials.

It also shows how quite widely different priced watches from one maker can use the same guts.¬* The big difference between my Orange Monster and cheap Seiko 5 is the visible¬*quality and added weight¬*of the casework and bracelet on the Orange Monster compared to the inexpensive version.¬* Solid machined bracelet links on the monster and folded steel links on the cheapie are a¬*visible difference.

Quite possibly when he says cheap, he means in price.......I dont think he was really slamming the watch, just saying in comparison the the price of the monster, the seiko 5 he had was cheap, probably under $100 bucks....Cheap doesnt always equate to bad............it just means you bought something on the cheap.
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I did not say "cheap" was bad, YOU did. I probably should have said "inexpensive". I think that it is remarkable that Seiko manages to produce a quality automatic movement that can sell so inexpensively.

As for "cheap" being an embarassment or considered an insult, not so for me. I will even admit to owning a couple of Timexes and lower end Casios.:wf
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OK OK - IT WAS LUNCH TIME - AND I HADNT ATE YET -AND I MAY HAVE BEEN A LITTLE ON THE TOUCHY SIDE - NO HARM - NO FOUL!!!

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I did not say "cheap" was bad, YOU did. I probably should have said "inexpensive". I think that it is remarkable that Seiko manages to produce a quality automatic movement that can sell so inexpensively.

As for "cheap" being an embarassment or considered an insult, not so for me. I will even admit to owning a couple of Timexes and lower end Casios.:wf
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:05 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I would suspect that the Seiko 5 is probably the largest production jeweled movement automatic watch currently made. Seiko has automated their production to the point that they can turn out a good quality 21 jewel automatic day and date movement at minimal cost. They make the watch in a wide variety of cases and at a range of prices.

I have two of the Seiko 5 icons, the orange monster and the black monster.
sorry, but the Monsters are not part of the Seiko 5 line
The monsters may not be officially part of the Seiko 5 line but they use the same 7S26 movement as the Seiko 5 models. My Orange Monster is marked 7S26-0350 and a "Seiko 5" marked automatic I have, a dirt cheap model, is marked 7S26-0430. To me that says that the Monsters are part of the Seiko 5 family as they use the same movement, regardless of theoretical designations and a lack of the 5 logo on the Monster dials.

It also shows how quite widely different priced watches from one maker can use the same guts. The big difference between my Orange Monster and cheap Seiko 5 is the visiblequality and added weightof the casework and bracelet on the Orange Monster compared to the inexpensive version. Solid machined bracelet links on the monster and folded steel links on the cheapie are avisible difference.
7Sxx mov't is used in a number of Seiko watches, not just the 5 line.

you can consider the Monster to be a "5" all you want, but that does not make it so. the 5's are a specific line of watches that does not include the Monsters, the SKX divers, or others using the 7Sxx such as the Stargate. this is not theoretical, it is fact.
Yep, GS uses a beefed up 7Sxx series movement...but it hacks
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Nothing wrong with a "5". Congrats!!!
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I concur, the 5 series is an outstanding example of the the old phrase, "More bang for your buck." Now, I will admit I don't own a 5 yet, but I do have a nice-looking JDM 5 on my wish list, of which I'll be pulling the trigger on before the month is out.
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Iknow, I know, you have been waiting for me to chime in! Well, rest assured, from what everyone else has said, Seiko 5 is considered a respectible movement.

I really dont know much, but I take solace in the words of our seiko people and cht's comments. Plus, its a seiko, and they didnt build their name on lack of quality!

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I have three 5's and one is over 40 years old and still keeps good time.
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I have a SNZH60 with FFF dial, it's really an outstanding watch for the price, I was suprised. Had a Samurai and IMHO didn't have the same solid feel, probably because it was Titanium, I don't know..
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Is there any difference among the Seiko 5 models? I see some use a Malaysian movement, which some Amazon reviewers are making an issue of. Anyone have experience with these?
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Is there any difference among the Seiko 5 models? I see some use a Malaysian movement, which some Amazon reviewers are making an issue of. Anyone have experience with these?
There are many Seiko 5 models. The Seiko 5 only means that it is automatic, shock resistant, water resistant,and has day and date functions. I have never had any issues with their Malaysian movements. As far as I know their Malaysian movements are just as well built as their Japanese movements, but some of our other members may be able to give you more info about that.
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I've been looking at Seiko 5 automatics alot on Amazon lately. It's just an entry-level automatic, but it fits my modest price point. Is it a good watch? Have you had any luck with them?
My Seiko 5 Automatic is the best and most comfortable everyday watch I have ever owned. Beside that, it is reliable, attractive, unassuming yet leaves an impression of modest quality. It is also affordably priced. Here's a photo of my time piece.
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