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There aren't any King Seiko manual wind reviews on here so I’ve done one of my gold plated 45-7000 (with pics ofc).

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I was looking for a 36,000 bph watch a little while back and found this on ebay for £180. The hi-beat movement is quite loud so I can hear it on my wrist a foot away if the room is silent – the sound is metallic and quite resonant, and a joy to listen to because of its rapidity. The watch is from the era of Tanaka's 'grammar of design', which involved not using three dimensional curves and having all surfaces polished without distortion. The result of this and the gold plating is that the watch looks wonderful in direct sunlight; the gold gives it a radiant warmth and as you twist the watch the sun glints off the polished surfaces. I find that the case on this watch rewards careful inspection - it is simple but perfectly proportioned and considered. For its age the timekeeping variance is good – I’d say as good or better than my 6 month old Hamilton (ETA 2895). The dial is a delight to look at - because of the lack of date it is symmetrical, and it is finished to a very high standard.

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Now for the bad points. At 36mm w/ crown the watch looks rather small for modern tastes, and the gold means it’s too dressy to wear with a T-shirt. Also the minute hand seems to have a little slack when setting the time, but taking it 5 minutes ahead then pulling it backwards to the desired minute marker and keeping the tension on the crown as I press it in seems to do the trick (I’m one of those OCD owners who needs to be able to set my watches so that the minute hand passes each marker when the second hand passes 12). Also, the indirectly driven second hand is a bit uneven when running uphill, but when running downhill it sweeps nicely at 10 bps which looks halfway between stuttering and gliding. IMHO the sweep of a 21,000 bph (6 bps) seconds hand looks best, but I don’t own any central seconds 19,800 25,200 or 28,800 bph watches to compare that directly with. However I still think it's a really nice watch: high quality, characterful, beautiful, and excellent value.

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Hmmm that gungy stuff looks dodgy...

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The gold version looks classy and I really appreciate the symmetric, no-date 45. I just picked up a 4502 with date in SS. Lovely little watch.
 

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Good choice. I'm thinking of getting a KS automatic chronometer w/ date in SS and i have a Seikomatic weekdater on the way. Vintage seikos are so classy.

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Lovely watch you have there!
And what makes it even better is that there is a chronometer movement in it.
You can tell by the six digit movement number, most of them don't have that.

Enjoy,
Paul
 

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Great review, and IMO it is a great investment too because the price of this vintage piece is increasing quickly. Do you know this King Seiko is originally with a leather strap or bracelet? I never saw an intact vintage KS or GS.
 

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Brilliant watch! I've been thinking about hunting down a "grammar of design" KS myself, but I think I'd prefer a later model with the 56 caliber, since its lower beat rate means a little less wear and tear on the movement.
 

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Very, very nice model. An icon, I would say. Oh, by the way, the hi-beat has nothing to do with the fact that the movement is loud. It's because it's completely dry. Get the movement serviced as soon as possible.
 
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