The Seiko Presmatic line was released in the late 1960s as a high end and high precision line of watches centered around their 5100 series of automatic movements. The 5100 series of movements, which were produced in the Daini factory, consisted of 4 calibres which were numbered 5106A, 5126A, 5139A, and 5146A (the movement that powers this particular piece). All of these movements had one very important thing in common and that was the quickset date pusher located inside the crown. In simple terms there is a button inside the crown of the watch that when pushed advances the date one day. This feature is what gives the Presmatic line its name. You push the button and the date automatically advances. Press Automatic, Presmatic.
The history and watches of Seiko are such a vast and deep topic that there are entire collectors who devote all of their time and effort exclusively to the brand. Seiko has produced millions of watches ranging thousands of models across a myriad of different sub brands and price points, but if there is one watch that really defines Seiko the most it certainly has to be the Seiko Astron 35SQ. The Astron 35SQ, released in 1969 was the first commercially available quartz watch and was the watch that kicked off the quartz revolution (or crisis depending on who is writing the history) and brought the swiss watch industry to its knees. Interestingly enough, modern watch lovers have been drawn to Seiko for its Grand Seiko brand which is once again putting the Swiss watch on its heels with their incredible levels of finishing at reasonable prices.
The 41mm stainless steel case is in very good condition. The design is bold and definitely indicative of its’ era of production. The crown is as described above, features an internal pusher and a hallmark of this design is that the pusher is hexagonal in shape. The crystal is in excellent condition and could possibly be a correct replacement part. The watch also comes with its original bracelet.
The Dial and Hands
The matte black dial is in excellent condition. We greatly appreciate the textured finish on the dial that adds additional depth and contrasts against the high polished oversized applied hour markers. The luminous material has aged nicely but has accumulated some dirt.
This watch features a Seiko caliber 5146A automatic movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, Seiko 5146A|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|