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Old 19 October 2018, 10:40 AM   #1
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Icon2 Vintage Seiko Reference Books and Websites

This thread started out as an answer to a question in another thread, but I think it could make an interesting thread on its own. Please contribute if you can

There are no English-language books about vintage Seiko that I know of. The best Japanese source seems to be a collection of 12 Japan Domestic Watch volumes published in the 1990s by Dragonfly Publishing. Volumes 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 featured vintage Seiko, while the others covered Citizen and a couple of lesser-known (outside Japan anyway) brands. A few years ago, all five Seiko volumes were re-released and supplemented in two single books, which is what I have (see cover pics and a few sample pages below). A Japanese/English translation App comes in handy when trying to figure out the text.

These books come up on eBay sometimes but are apparently out of print and can be very expensive – a used Volume 9 alone recently sold for $160 on eBay.

There’s a very good reference website covering the whole series at www.plus9time.com/japanese-domestic-watch-series.

There’s also The Seiko Book by Tokuma Shoten, which may have some English content but I have only seen a couple of pages and they were all in Japanese.

If anyone else knows any good books or has any favourite vintage Seiko websites, please put them up in this thread.

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Old 19 October 2018, 10:45 AM   #2
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This is the best place I know for vintage Grand Seiko. It's a commercial site but there's a ton of info, too, including articles, old catalogues, etc.

https://thegrandseikoguy.com/
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Old 19 October 2018, 11:10 AM   #3
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This is the best place I know for vintage Grand Seiko. It's a commercial site but there's a ton of info, too, including articles, old catalogues, etc.

https://thegrandseikoguy.com/


I remembered reading an article about the guy who started that website. That’s here

https://gearpatrol.com/2018/05/08/in...-seiko-expert/


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Old 19 October 2018, 11:51 AM   #4
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A couple more good resources here . . .

Grand Seiko: https://www.seiyajapan.com/pages/the...of-grand-seiko

King Seiko: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f366/h...a-1034554.html
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Old 19 October 2018, 11:52 AM   #5
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Stefan has always had great info https://mollewatch.com/
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Old 21 October 2018, 12:15 PM   #6
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Quite a few interesting SEIKO catalogues here from 1969 onwards: https://www.watchhunter.org/watch-ca...og-pdf-library


...and a Grand Seiko Collector's Guide: https://thespringbar.com/blogs/guide...llectors-guide
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Old 21 October 2018, 12:35 PM   #7
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A searchable guide for seiko divers, great resource
You can search by dial or hand colour, movt, size, etc.

www.watchsleuth.com
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Old 29 October 2018, 11:45 AM   #8
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Some good info on Seiko reference books here, with contents description, sample pages, brief reviews, etc. This guy's whole website is well worth exploring, with a ton of great stuff to dig into.

https://www.plus9time.com/general-reference-books/
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Old 15 January 2019, 05:46 PM   #9
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Collector and watch producer Dan Henry shows an interesting selection of his vintage Seikos - from cheap Seiko 5s and divers to chronographs to a couple of vintage Grand Seikos - here on his website.
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Old 1 February 2019, 10:28 AM   #10
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Old 10 March 2019, 06:24 PM   #11
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Hi all -

Unfortunately I am not able to post links yet, but I have finally completed my series of articles (31 of them!) on the vintage Grand Seiko references, as told through the perspective of the Seiko catalogues from the 1960's and 1970's.

It is without a doubt the most comprehensive and accurate information you will find on vintage Grand Seiko anywhere - not even the Seiko Museum in Japan can get close to this.

If you do a Google search for Vintage Grand Seikos in Seiko catalogues, the firs link will take you to the index for the articles.

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Old 10 March 2019, 06:31 PM   #12
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... thanks Gerald. Assuming this is the link? https://thegrandseikoguy.com/articles/
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... thanks Gerald. Assuming this is the link?
Hi - I've DM'd you a better starting point :)

Many thanks,


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Old 11 March 2019, 11:38 PM   #14
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Ok here we go https://thegrandseikoguy.com/2018/10...ko-catalogues/
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A great thread with lots of good info - T4S
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Everything you could ever want to know about King Seiko...as long as your computer or device can auto-translate from Hungarian. Even if not, it's worth it just for the photos...

http://www.egalizer.hu/targyak/orak/kings.htm
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Old 6 September 2019, 11:31 AM   #17
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Am so happy this got posted,i got to go check them out.
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