Vintage Seiko’s - like Toyota’s - don’t die and Seiko’s quality is well known. This 1961 Seiko Sportsman 15019E here is one of these.
These watches were built with robotic efficiency – which is admittedly non-brag worthy compared to the thought of an expert watchmaker toiling away in the rolling Swiss hills – but this same Seiko efficiency has left the world with some amazingly well-preserved pieces today.
Design wise, look at the details: hour markers, case finishing, dials and hands – there’s always more than immediately meets the eye. Along those lines, vintage Seiko’s like this one were, and are, famous for obtaining what watch collectors call “wabi.” In Seiko speak, this usually means lots of amazing patina.
This Seiko Sportsman comes with a generic vintage bracelet, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
1961 Seiko Sportsman 15019E Manual Watch
DIAL: Original silver dial – with ever so slight patina – with original minute, hour, and second hands.
CASE: Original 37mm (35mm w/o crown) x 42.5mm stainless steel case, with original snapback caseback.
CRYSTAL: Acrylic domed crystal, with several small scratches.
BAND: Vintage generic stainless-steel bracelet, which will fit an approx. 7.5 inch wrist. This Sportsman also comes with a dark bleu, white, and orange nylon NATO strap, with stainless-steel hardware, a sporty complement to the vintage nature of this Seiko.
MOVEMENT: Original Seiko 17-jewel mechanical hand-wind/manual movement, manufactured in September 1961.
CROWN: Original signed stainless-steel crown.