January 1997 vintage Seiko 5 Sports 7S26-6009, gold-plated in good condition. This automatic Seiko sports watch features the Seiko Cal. 7S26 that has 21 jewels and features Seiko's Magic Lever. It is a Singapore model and features the day/date at 3 o'clock. Measures 35 mm in diameter. Seiko 5 logo is slightly faded and the crystal has some scratches. 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 7S26 History
The Seiko 7S26 is an automatic movement in the Seiko family, a relatively lower-end movement found in many modern watches. It was introduced in 1996, replacing the Seiko Cal. 7002 and similar movements. The Seiko 7S26 is non-hacking and non-winding, although it does come with Seiko's Magic Lever. The Seiko Cal. 7S26 came in day/date and date-only (7S25) versions and had 21 jewels.
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 produce extraordinary quartz watches, along with many legendary vintage Seiko dive watches. In modern times Seiko continues to innovate, especially through its Grand Seiko brand.