- Museum number
CHROME-PLATED CASED CENTRE-SECONDS JEWELLED LEVER AUTOMATIC WRIST-WATCH WITH DATE MECHANISM, WORLD-TIME DIAL AND BLACK LIZARD-SKIN STRAP.
Movement with automatic rotary winding and club-tooth lever escapement.
Balance has four arms.
Silver coloured metal dial with outer rotating ring inscribed with locations around the world surrounding a black circle calibrated 0-24 for hours; date aperture at 3 o'clock; baton hour marks with luminous-painted tips.
Stainless-steel hour, minute and centre-seconds hands; hour and minute hands with luminous-painted tips; red-painted 24 hour hand with arrow-head pointer.
Stainless-steel case with screw-on back.
Lizard skin wrist-strap.
- Production date
Diameter: 31.30 millimetres (dial)
Length: 240 millimetres (strap)
Length: 45 millimetres
Thickness: 13.10 millimetres
Width: 41 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Comment from Richard Good, Catalogue of Watches in the British Museum. Vol. V (Unpublished manuscript)
Made by Seiko Watch Co.
Japan, c. 1960
Self wound wrist watch with world time, date and a club tooth lever escapement.
Signature: On the dial 'SEIKO AUTOMATIC' and 'WORLD TIME', the Seiko trade mark also 'JAPAN 61117 6420T'. On the self winding bridge 'DIANISEIKOSHA 17 JEWELS UNADJUSTED JAPAN 6117B'. (1)
Case: A two part stainless steel case with a screw back. On the outside of the back is 'SEIKO STAINLESS STEEL 6117-6409 WATER RESIST JAPAN J', the Seiko trade mark and the number 020210. Inside the back is 'DIANISEIKOSHA CO LTD'. There is a settable silvered world time ring which has places marked both in black and in blue, there is also a gold ring marked GMT and DT for Greenwich Mean Time and Date Line respectively.
The hand set and world time ring setting button is at 4 o'clock.
With the watch is a strap, not original, with a gilt buckle and marked 'GENUINE LIZARD 3/4 REG.'
Dial and Hands: A silvered dial with rhodium plated rectangular batons filled black and with luminous paint at their outer ends, a double baton at 12 o'clock. An aperture for the date indication at 3 o'clock. The date dial is printed black on a silver background. The minute circle is also black and is surrounded by a 24 hour dial for use with the world time ring.
Rhodium plated baton hour and minute hands, with skeletonised tips filled with luminous paint. A rhodium plated centre seconds hand and a 24 hour hand painted red and with a triangular skeletonised tip filled luminous.
Ebauche Marks: none.
Frame: A nickel silver movement. A bridge for the barrel and another for the train, a cock for the centre wheel, a bridge for the pallets and a cock for the balance.
Barrel and Mainspring: A recessed cover to the barrel.
Barrel: I diameter 11.2 mm., height 1.0 mm.
Mainspring: height 1.0 mm., thickness 0.09 mm.
Barrel Arbor: diameter 2.8 mm., snailed.
Hooking: A slipping mainspring with the outer turn of the spring reinforced by a single turn of thicker spring.
Train wheels of brass, gilded. The centre, third, and escape wheels (this latter steel) with five crossings, the fourth wheel with six.
Jewelled: from the centre onwards the jewels pressed in, endstones to the escape wheel. Shock protected bearings to the balance of the KIF type but known in this watch as the "Diashock Shock Resistant Device".
Escapement: A straight line layout club tooth escapement, short lever, double roller, the impulse pin D shaped. The pallet stones exposed with flat acting faces. The escape wheel of steel. Solid bankings on the pallet bridge.
A mixed escapement.
Number of teeth embraced 3 ½
Balance & Spring: a four arm monometallic balance a plain rim. Balance diameter 11.7 mm., thickness 0.4 mm. A 'self compensating' flat spiral spring with 13 ¾ turns.
Means of Regulation: An index on the balance cock registers against a divided scale with + and - engraved on the balance cock table.
Train Counts and Beat Rate:
Great wheel 84 (barrel)
Centre wheel 75 pinion 12
Third wheel 64 pinion 8
Fourth wheel 96 pinion 10
Escape wheel 15 pinion 8
An unusual train.
Beat rate 21,600
Motion work: cannon pinion 12
minute wheel 36, minute pinion 8
hour wheel 32
Self Winding System: The weight runs on a ball race and carries a ratcheting lever which has click terminations that, as the weight revolves, alternatively pull and push on the fine tooth ratchet wheel. This latter wheel carries a pinion which meshes directly with the barrel ratchet wheel.
Date Work: The hour wheel of 32 drives a pinion* of 16 so that this revolves once in a ¼ of a day. This pinion is integral with another of 12 leaves which in turn drives the calendar indexing wheel of 48, thus this revolves once a day. A cam* on the indexing wheel propels the date ring.
* In registration no. 1986,0509.2 these two pieces are made of a plastic material.
Winding System: Conventional positive stem set keyless work but there is no winding pinion so no provision for manual winding, only hand setting.
Case: Diameter 41.0 mm., height 13.1 mm.(over the glass)
Movement: Diameter 26.7 mm., height 7.5 mm.
(1) This is unusual, the name Seikosha is recorded as being no longer used after 1923, see M. Cutmore 'Watches 1850-1980' London 1989 p.181.
For an almost identical movement see registration no. 1996,0905.2.
- Not on display
- Latest: 3 (2017)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number