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  • Writer's picturePhilip Dashiell

Watch of the day (WOTD)

What's my wrist-wear choice for today?

My Flavor Of The Day

WOTD wrist-shot of the 1970, vintage, King Seiko.  Paired with a Dorsal Bracelet Co., beaded bracelet, in color Pose.
Vintage King Seiko, Circa 1970

If there's anything that can chase the hump day blues away, it's the joy of being able to distract yourself from the drudgery of the day, by intermittently getting lost in the details of a fine timepiece on your wrist. Such is the case today, with my vintage, King Seiko.

I'm sure I'll eventually work my way up to a Grand Seiko, at some point, but I figured, what better way to introduce myself to a Hi-Beat Seiko, than starting with one of the Vintage models. I've stated previously, quartz timepieces and vintage timepieces, are a great way to be introduced to higher-end, and boutique luxury brands. Now of course, vintage pieces can go the other way on the cost scale, especially if the watch is a rare, highly sought-after piece, in better than fair condition.

This vintage King Seiko was a fantastic find, and is everything that I hoped it would be. The piece is in excellent condition, considering that it's only a couple years younger than me, LOL. The dial is the real superstar on this piece, as the raised index markers, hand-applied Seiko, and King Seiko logos, really jump out from this dial, in an almost 3-dimensional effect. The dial is masterfully done, and a real attention-getter!

I truly believe that in watch collecting, as with most things in life, there is always something new to learn. And before researching the availability of vintage Grand Seikos, I had no idea that the King Seiko line even existed. It was a real education, to learn about the two competing, Seiko Japan movement houses, that exclusively designed and manufactured Grand Seiko and King Seiko timepieces, for about 5 decades, up until the early 2000s; who knew?

Pairing the King Seiko today, with a Hematite stone bracelet, designed by Aurum Brothers. Providing a fine complement to the polished surfaces, on the bracelet and case of the beautiful vintage piece.


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