An October 1998 vintage Seiko Spirit Contemporary Basic 5H23-6000 on an aftermarket leather strap. Crown is slightly corroded but watch is in overall good condition with a new battery. Hosts the Seiko 5H23 movement, a classic 1990s Seiko quartz movement. Measures 34 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 Spirit History
The Seiko Spirit dates back to the late 1980s, preceding the 1990s when the Seiko Spirit became very popular, especially in the affordable range of Seiko's offerings. In some ways, the Spirit replaced the Seiko Chronos, which was a vintage Seiko quartz line that carried the 'SilverWave' emblem on the case - indicative of water resistant vintage Seikos and present on many vintage Seiko divers. This was a throwback to the vintage Seiko SilverWave diver from the 1960s.
The Seiko Spirit's 5E31 movement was actually used in vintage Seiko Spirits right from the late 1980s onwards. In more modern times, the Seiko Spirit has continued to be produced in various forms, with some more famous models being the SARB033 or SARB035. In the 1995 Seiko catalogue, this Seiko Spirit ref. SCEX026 was on sale for 30,000 Yen. The Seiko SilverWave emblem can be seen in the top right corner of the screenshot.
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.