King Seiko Chronometer Special 5245-6000 from 1971

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For sale is a Seiko 5245-6000.

The word "Special" printed on the dial is no marketing gimmick. Vintage Seiko watches with the word "Special" printed on the dial signifies a higher standard of regulation on the movement of the particular calibre.

Produced by Seiko's Daini factory, the 5200 series calibres are high end automatic watch movement produced as their last attempt in winning the competition against the Suwa factory.

The 5200 series calibres also features instant day/date change (with the exception of calibre 5216).

Even though the Daini factory is no longer around, the innovation of 5200 calibres continue to live on in Seiko's 4s calibres as seen in Credors and alpinist series.

Dubbed as “The watch that laid the groundwork for a new generation of mechanical wristwatches”(Grand Seiko History “Vol.5 The legendary mechanical movement is re-invented”), the Calibre 5246 is arguably the finest creation from the Seiko Daini factory, receiving chronometer certification from the Japan Chronometer Inspection Institution when it debuted.

Completed with an understated silver linen dial the watch movement is cased in a monocoque case from additional protection from water.

Powered by the calibre 5245,the absence of the day complication allows the watch to have a cleaner aesthetic making is more sought after by collectors. The 5245 variant is also hardly seen as compared to the 5246 variant.

The watch is in well worn condition with nicks seen around the case. Light spotting can also be seen on the dial. A brand new crystal has been installed for clarity.

The watch comes on a brand new handmade top grained leather strap.

Serial number has been covered for privacy.

Diameter: 35.5mm
Thickness: 10.3mm
Lug Width: 18mm