Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

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Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby gerdson » May 25th 2017, 1:49am

I need to boast a bit with my latest acquisition:

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This is a manual wind Seiko Chronograph, Reference 45898TO (on dial) / 45899 (case back).

Seiko did launch these in 1964, in the year of the Olympics in Tokyo. It was their first Chronograph for the public (rumours speak about military chronographs produced earlier, but I did not find any proof). The movement is a column wheel, and as You can see there are no subdials. The mono-pusher will activate the large second hand, stop, and reset it. When the stopwatch is not actuated, only the minute and hour hand are moving (a feature also found on the Caliber 11/12/15, they do also lack a small continuous second). There is no minute counter either - the idea is to use the turning bezel to set it to the position of the minute hand after starting the stopwatch - and then use the regular hand to read the minutes passed.

The movement is typical Seiko finish - not much fuss.
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There is a version with date also - 5717 movement - but I deliberately went for this simpler one due to the simplicity and symmetry of the dial. The glass is deeply cracked - replacement is on the way. Otherwise the case is in nice condition, the dial is perfect, and it has recently been serviced (so claims the Mexican seller, and it is indeed running very well). The caseback shows a (barely visible) olympic torch. Seems the hands were re-lumed, but not in a too offensive way.
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby bobbee » May 25th 2017, 2:01am

Beautiful and simple.
Timeless classic, you lucky guy! :)
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby jason_recliner » May 25th 2017, 3:22am

Holy crap that's incredible. Easily the best I've seen. What a great score - well done!
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby Thunder1 » May 25th 2017, 3:43am

Great find!!..watch is in great shape given its' age...you won't see many of these walking towards you on the sidewalks...
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby artman » May 25th 2017, 5:23am

Nice find Gerdson! Congrats!
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby biglove » May 25th 2017, 6:22am

That is an absolutely stunning find. Looks to be well cared for.

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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby SaoGage » May 25th 2017, 6:37am

Those are so hawt, I've looked at them before. Excellent pickup!
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby Mark1 » May 25th 2017, 6:43am

Nice looking watch-looks large for the vintage (i.e. read wearable by todays standards). What size is it? Congratulations.
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby gerdson » May 25th 2017, 11:51am

Thanks a lot, Gentlemen! :D

@Mark:
The diameter is about 37mm.
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby tiktok » May 25th 2017, 12:33pm

Hands are awesome, congrats.
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby conjurer » May 25th 2017, 3:38pm

That vintage Seiko made me jack off just now.
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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

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Re: Seiko 5719 Chronograph - 1964

Postby Racer-X » May 25th 2017, 4:29pm

Dang, really cool and unique. Awesome find gerd.
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