Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Vintage Seiko "UFO" Watch
I'm not a watch guy, I've only owned a few watches. In the past year I have been looking at buying a vintage watch. I fell in love with the Seiko "UFO" Chronograph, so a few months ago I pulled the trigger and bought a 1976 version. I had bid on this watch, and as the auction neared its close I fully expected to be outbid, to my surprise I wasn't outbid and I won the watch at a significantly lower price than what they normally sell, guess this is the benefit of bidding on an item ending the day after you should adjust your clocks for day-light savings. I'm really excited with the watch, not sure I have a style, but if I do this watch compliments it well.
The watch goes by many names --- Yachtman's, SpeedTimer and "5" Sport Chronograph being the official names --- but is most affectionately referred to by collectors as the Seiko UFO. The watch is an automatic chronograph, so no battery or winding, simply wearing the watch and your daily movement powers its movements. Seiko was the first watchmaker to make an automatic chronograph available, beating Zenith by months, and Valjoux by 5 years.