Seiko Men's 5 Automatic Watch 21 jewels - Save £253.01 (86%) MrWatch at Amazon
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Seiko Men's 5 Automatic Watch 21 jewels - Save £253.01 (86%) MrWatch at Amazon

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Found 27th Nov 2011
Proper mechanical automatic watch (self winding) with 21 jewel bearings and day/date. These used to be the very thing before quartz came along and made all watches ordinary inside. Watch the second hand sweep smoothly around instead of jerking once a second.

Price includes delivery, but get another 10% off with code AW11FASH (or not?).

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Original Poster

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Surely the code only works for purchases from Amazon themselves. I am a fan of these watches but this is a basic model and the price what you would expect to pay.

Seiko 5 are always about this price....... claiming a £253 saving is an absolute joke.
Now if it was a Seiko Monster, then it really would be a deal.

Wow, thats a cracking deal. I believe they use a top end Seiko 7S26 movement in these.

Proper mechanical automatic watch (self winding) with 21 jewel bearings and day/date. These used to be the very thing before quartz came along and made all watches ordinary inside. Watch the second hand sweep smoothly around instead of jerking once a second.

I love all this c**p. These were replaced by quartz watches because they didn't keep particularly good time, they needed expensive cleaning every year or two, and they just weren't as good.

Buying something like this is a bit like replacing your Humax with a Betamax video recorder and trying vainly to pretend it's cool - and an improvement. X)

I'm a fan of automatic watches, too but this watch is no bargain. The stated RRP is entirely made up. Sorry, but it's not a deal.

Original Poster

pintoouk

I'm a fan of automatic watches, too but this watch is no bargain. The … I'm a fan of automatic watches, too but this watch is no bargain. The stated RRP is entirely made up. Sorry, but it's not a deal.



Most watches quote an inflated rrp, but this is about the cheapest of the Seiko Automatics on Amazon, and cheaper than many of the ordinary quartz Seikos.

As for quartz being "better"- well quartz has obviously been made obsolete by radio watches, which are not only more accurate but adjust themselves for summer time. If that's your criteria. I like mechanisms.


shame they have rrp as a draw for us mugs

People dont buy mechanical automatic watches expecting quartz accuracy, they buy them because they appreciate the precision engineering of them..... although they can be accurate to +/- 1 or 2 seconds a day if they are calibrated right.
This Seiko 5 has a movement that generally gets an accuracy of around +/- 7 seconds a day according to watch forums i've visited. Its a mass produced movement that is renouned as being reliable. even if its not serviced for many years..... but is in no way a high end movement.

Biker Jeff

People dont buy mechanical automatic watches expecting quartz accuracy, … People dont buy mechanical automatic watches expecting quartz accuracy, they buy them because they appreciate the precision engineering of them..... although they can be accurate to +/- 1 or 2 seconds a day if they are calibrated right.This Seiko 5 has a movement that generally gets an accuracy of around +/- 7 seconds a day according to watch forums i've visited. Its a mass produced movement that is renouned as being reliable. even if its not serviced for many years..... but is in no way a high end movement.



All of which means it's utterly pointless buying a cheap mechanical watch like this one. You get the worst of both worlds. You lose the accuracy of quartz and gain absolutely nothing in return. You don't even get the (admittedly very sad) show-off value of something like a Rolex.

Biker Jeff

People dont buy mechanical automatic watches expecting quartz accuracy, … People dont buy mechanical automatic watches expecting quartz accuracy, they buy them because they appreciate the precision engineering of them.....



+1

I have been wearing automatic watches for years .... I just like mechanical watches. I adjust it probably once a week, as it's a few minutes out ... but hey ... nothing in my life needs accuracy to seconds!

CyberSpud

+1I have been wearing automatic watches for years .... I just like … +1I have been wearing automatic watches for years .... I just like mechanical watches. I adjust it probably once a week, as it's a few minutes out ... but hey ... nothing in my life needs accuracy to seconds!


I do love autos, I have a a watch with a eta auto movement on at the moment accurate to a few seconds daily. never really had much success with seiko 7s26 movements that are fitted to the cheaper Seiko watches, even though I have regulated them after a while they start to drift off with time keeping. I do agree however that they keep going without much servicing.

LongPockets

Most watches quote an inflated rrp,



Do they? Do they really? Because that sounds made up, too.

Still struggling to see any advantage at all to a cheap automatic like this over a decent Seiko quartz. And let's face reality - the normal selling price across the globe is around the £50 mark, not the fanciful and deceitful £295 quoted on Amazon, which is just eyewash.

What's the advantage of a less reliable watch (much more to go wrong than on a quartz) that doesn't keep accurate time, and looks almost exactly the same. Apart, of course, from the words 'automatic' and '21 jewels'. Both really, really old technology discarded many years ago because quartz was so much better.

Has anyone a rational explanation?

Newbold

Has anyone a rational explanation?



Something doesn't has to be rational to be appreciated. People buy mechanical watches because they like them. They like the precision engineering of them.... or they just like things that are old school. Things that are old school often holds a coolness to some people.
Its like Zippo lighters.... as a lighter they are nowhere near as efficient as a cheap plastic gas lighter, but there is something about the old school coolness of them that makes them enjoyable to own and use.
I wouldn't buy the Seiko watch in this deal...... but i totally get why people like mechanical automatic watches.

Biker Jeff

Something doesn't has to be rational to be appreciated.


Thanks - I can (sort of) understand that. Especially as the owner of a couple of Zippos!
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