A February 1969 vintage Seiko 5 'Rally' 5126-7030 on a new brown leather strap. The Seiko 5 Rally is called so for the racing-like stripes on the inner rim of the watch's dial. This vintage Seiko 5 is in excellent condition with very few scratches from wear and a clean silver sunburst dial. Day/date at 3 o'clock with an automatic Seiko Cal. 5126 that features 23 jewels. Case measures 42 mm in diameter. We offer a flat rate for shipping on every order and 30-day free returns. We also offer a 2-month mechanical warranty for every purchase. All prices are in CAD.
Seiko 5 History
The first Seiko 5 was released in 1963, the Seiko Sportsmatic 5. It was renowned for its durability and practicality – it was automatic, water resistant, featured a day-date display, three hands, and Seiko's Magic Lever. Seiko produced another notable piece in the collection in 1969, the Seiko 5 Sports Speed-Timer, one of the first automatic chronographs ever. A notable vintage Seiko chronograph. All of Seiko 5s share five attributes aimed at improving their functionality as a sports watches: water resistance, automatic winding, a day/date display, a sports-intended case/bracelet, and a recessed crown at 4.
Seiko was founded as a watch store in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. By the 1890s it was producing both clocks and pocket watches as Seikosha. And in 1913 Seiko produced Japan's first wristwatch, the Seiko Laurel. Seiko had beat out several other Japanese companies, including other Tokyo clock companies like Tokyo Clock Co. and Japan Pocket Watch Manufacturing Co. By the mid-20th century Seiko produced some of its most important wristwatches that set the stage for its future. In the early 1950s Seiko produced the Seiko Super which then became the Marvel. And in 1960 Seiko released the first Grand Seiko. This marked the beginning of not only the Grand Seiko but also the King Seiko and Lord Matic lines to follow.
Then, in 1969, Seiko released the Astron, the watch that would upend the Swiss watchmaking industry. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Seiko continues to produced extraordinary quartz watches, along with many legendary vintage Seiko dive watches. In modern times Seiko continues to innovate, especially through its Grand Seiko brand.