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Watch Spotting – Seiko 5 Automatic

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A pal of mine at work has a bit of an eye for an interesting watch and rightly, he proudly sidled up to me to show me this one – a Seiko 5 Automatic. The Seiko 5 has a long history going way back to 1963 and has seen a number of different interpretations over the years. Take a look at the Seiko 5 story on the Seiko website.

So why Seiko 5?

From the very start, Seiko 5 was created to be a watch whose performance would serve the demanding needs of the new 1960’s generation, who cared less for tradition and more about life. The watch had five key attributes:
1. Automatic winding
2. Day/date displayed in a single window
3. Water resistance
4. Recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position
5. Durable case and bracelet

Because it grew out of the watch itself, the name Seiko 5 was deemed to express what made Seiko great and was chosen. A simple and memorable name for a simple but serious watch.