Seiko's 1960s-era Crown line offered some of the most Bauhaus-like designs to come out of the time period, and echoes much of the minimalism Seiko brought forth in the years following. And at the forefront of this line was the J14036 – like this all original one here from 1960.
The 1960’s – and the 1970’s in our informed opinions – were a golden era for Seiko, characterized by a quite lengthy run of different dress watch models. The main characteristic of these iconic Seiko dress watches were their simplistic form and function, to include dials and figurative “elephant tusks” hands, which featured a range of price points. These ranged from lower end models to chronometer grade movements that went on to become the first automatic Grand Seiko 62455/6, replete with various features from waterproof cases to calendar complications.
All these singular features combined to form its single greatest aesthetic quality – symmetry. The sparse dial gives the J14036 a simple, clean symmetrical style hard to find in a watch of any era or price range. And everything is in balance.
This particular Seiko dress watch was produced before Seiko transitioned to a standard caseback serial system, which would come to characterize Seiko in the 1970s and 1980s.
This J14036 comes with a leather strap, NATO strap, spring bar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1960 Seiko Crown J14036 Calibre 560 Mechanical Watch
DIAL: Beautiful original Seiko Crown-signed dial, with slight patina. Original gold hour, minute, and second hands.
CASE: Original 35.5mm (37mm w/crown) x 42.5mm gold-plated case, with original gold-plated caseback; 20 micron gold plating is uniform throughout the case, with no sign of commonplace sweat corrosion.
CRYSTAL: Crystal is scratch-free.
BAND: Light brown leather strap, with stainless-steel gold-plated hardware. This J14036 comes with a second NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: Seiko Calibre 560 manual wind movement, 21 jewels, manufactured in May 1960.
CROWN: Original unsigned crown.