Jan 12, 2018

King Seiko: Where is it now?


Seiko is no stranger to any of us here, but I recently saw a bunch of pictures and literature online regarding "King Seiko". Of course, Seiko today has their luxury line of Grand Seiko, and the ultra-luxury Credor, but I had never heard of King Seiko before.
I did a bit of digging (read: Google search) about the topic and came across this article, which turned out to be a much more interesting story of the brand's history, design, and these product lines than I had initially expected. Happy reading!
https://www.timepiecechronicle.com/features/2017/8/17/in-depth-the-history-of-grand-and-king-seiko
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King Seiko is gone, but becoming very collectible.
If anyone wants a vintage KS, I came across a couple for sale on WUS (links shared via Tapatalk).

FSOT: King Seiko 5625 7000

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FS: King Seiko 5626 7120 Hi Beat Day date

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On the topic of Grand (not King) Seiko, for any of you living in or near Maryland, Little Treasury Jewelers is opening their Grand Seiko Boutique, only the second such boutique in North America.
PetrosD
I may have to head up that way next time I am in DC for business.
Vintage1982Benz
They're an AD for a number of less commonly seen brands, including Ball, Bremont, FC, Longines, Towson Watch Company, and some others, as well as GS.
Very interesting read, thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing this. I learned quite a bit and got to ogle some beautiful vintage Grand Seikos.
I really enjoy my Seiko 5.
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Not hard to see why. I just wish it was available in a 40mm case. I have an SNK809 and I love it. But it's just a touch too small for it to be the watch I reach for frequently.
DoYouHaveTheTime
40mm would be a nice size. I would like that too.
I think that they decided that there wasn't enough text on the watch face, so they changed the name to the Seiko Great Emancipator and put the full Gettysburg Address there.
Cloaca
That's a trend I hate, from the Tudor Pelegos, to the Seiko PADI, so much damn text on the dial.
Thanks for sharing.
Unnumbered dials are my personal preference.
Glad to see it as a design principle.
Thanks! A little more on the Seiko "Grammar of design" philosophy: http://wornandwound.com/art-time-taro-tanaka-seikos-grammar-design/
c0rnelius
Fascinating. I wonder what Tanaka Taro would think of bombe lugs and some of today's case shapes.
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