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Bonhams hosts online auction for 200 collectible Seiko watches

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Bonhams is engaging with the world’s most passionate Seiko watch collectors for an auction of 200 timepieces from the Japanese watchmaker

The online auction, titled ‘Making Waves: Seiko – A Private Collection of Japanese Wristwatches’ is offering watches from a single owner who spent the past 15 years collecting Seiko’s major vintage and modern watches.

It runs on Bonhams.com from August 17 to 25 with all lots available from day one.

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“Seiko is undoubtedly one of the most loved and most well-known watch brands across the world. Thanks to its diverse selection of models produced in a wide price range, Seiko timepieces are accessible to all walks of life, and their movement and accuracy are on par with their high-end counterparts. All these made Seiko a perfect starting point for new vintage watch collectors to embark on their journey,” suggests Tim Bourne, Bonhams international director of watches, Asia.

Key lots, described by Bonhams, include:

An Extremely Rare Stainless Steel ‘Tokyo Summer Olympic 1964’ Seiko Chronograph Bracelet Watch with Lap- Counter and Date Display, Circa 1964. Estimate: HK$100,000–200,000.

Considered as the ‘holy grail’ of Seiko timepieces, the legendary and exceedingly-rare Ref. 5718-8000 was produced in 1964 for the Tokyo Olympics as an effective sports counter. The two iconic push buttons on the left of the watch allow wearers to easily adjust the 1’s and 10’s positions of the count graph – a function designed to count laps; while the single sub- dial located at 6 o’clock has both a continuous second and a 60-minute register. There are only a handful of 5718-8000 examples known to exist in the market, with only one other example released at auction previously.

A Stainless Steel Seiko Diver’s Wristwatch with Date, Circa 1969. Estimate: HK$4,000–8,000.

Considered the definitive Seiko diver watch, Ref. 6105 from the 1960s is the brand’s third generation of divers, with most of its parts – including the movement, oils, cases and crystals – manufactured in house. This model is famously worn by Martin Sheen’s character, Captain Willard, in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

A Stainless Steel ‘Yachtman UFO’ Seiko Chronograph Wristwatch with Day and Date, Circa 1973. Estimate: HK$3,000-6,000 (No Reserve Lot).

 

A Rare Stainless Steel ‘Bullhead’ Chronograph Wristwatch with Date and Day in Japanese and English, Circa 1977. Estimate: HK$4,000–8,000.

Seiko has a long-standing tradition of the chronograph. Sporting a dual register movement (minutes and hours), which equipped some of the most emblematic models from this golden era for mechanical chronographs, the automatic Ref. 6138 is a vintage icon that sees a resurgence of popularity in recent years.

Other highlights of Seiko chronographs, pictured below left to right, include:

  • A Rare Stainless Steel ‘Slide-Rule Calculator’ Chronograph Bracelet Watch With Date And Day In Arabic And English, Circa 1975 (Estimate: HK$4,000–8,000)
  • A Rare Stainless Steel ‘Kakume Speed-Timer’ Chronograph Wristwatch With Day And Date, Circa 1975 (Estimate: Hk$2,500–5,000; No Reserve Lot)
  • A Stainless Steel ‘Pepsi Pogue’ Chronograph Bracelet Watch With Day And Date, Circa 1975 (Estimate: HK$2,500–5,000; no reserve lot)
  • A Rare Stainless Steel ‘Bullhead’ Chronograph Bracelet Watch, Circa 1976 (Estimate: HK$4,000–8,000)

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