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The automatic movement within the 5606 Lord-Matic - like the 1970 Seiko 5606-7130 mechanical here - was considered by Seiko to be such an excellent movement that the company re-worked it and placed them within their legendary (and quite accurate) Grand Seiko’s.

 

The Lord Matic finds its genesis in the Lord Marvel (first made in 1956), with the LM series eventually positioned beneath the King Seiko, but with a very sophisticated new automatic movement and high quality case design and finishing. 

 

By 1968, the LM line had greatly increased in popularity and its movement, the 5606, became one of the most ubiquitous Seiko mechanical movements of the time - the 5606 also formed the basis of higher beat variants fitted to many of the automatic King Seiko and Grand Seiko models of the early to mid 1970’s.

 

Seiko’s Lord Matic’s were produced at the middle of their lineup, price wise, between 1968 and procuced through the 1970’s.  Uniquely, not only does the Lord Matic 5606 have a hacking feature, it can be wound via both its automatic movement and by hand.  

 

This Seiko 5606 comes on a leather rally strpa, and with nylon strap, springbar tool, and rugged travel case.

1970 Seiko 5606-7130 Lord Matic Automatic

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  • DIAL: Subtle sunburst silver dial; day/date at 3 o’clock position works nicely, with Kanji Japanese and English day variants.  Matching hour, minute, and second hands.  As with all 560x automatic movements, care must be taken not to change the day/date between 9 and 3 o'clock positions, as gear damage may result.

     

    CASE: Stainless-steel mono-bloc case measures 36.5mm (37.5mm with crown) x 40mm - thin at a mere 9.5mm in thickness (with 1/4 of that a domed crystal) - with the 5606's automatic movement accessed via the front of this one piece case.  Caselines are sharp, with no evidence of machine polish.

     

    CRYSTAL: Domed acrylic crystal, no deep scratches.

     

    BAND:  This Lord Matic comes on a dark brown leather rally strap; it also comes with a dark blue, orange, and white nylon strap.

     

    MOVEMENT: Seiko 23-jewel automatic movement, manufactured in September 1970.  

     

    CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel crown.

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