This site has limited support for your browser. We recommend switching to Edge, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

We Want To Be A Part Of Your Watch Journey

Seiko Monopusher Chronograph - Tokyo Olympics

$2,430.00

  • Ref. 5717-8990
  • Watch, Tags
  • Wire Price: $2,300

Year: Circa 1960s
Model: Monopusher
Case Diameter: 37.5mm 
Lug to Lug: 44.5mm
Case: Steel
Dial: Silver
Movement: Manual

Condition
The case is unpolished with the case back sticker still partially there. The manual movement was recently serviced. The watch comes on the original bracelet which is unsigned which was normal for this reference.

Seiko is a brand that needs no introduction in the watch community. Beloved for their high-end and affordable timepieces alike, it’s a surprise that some of their more historically significant watches still fly under the radar. Consider this reference 5717-8990 chronograph for example - constructed at the true genesis of Seiko domination. Its design is striking, with sharp edges and an explosive dial. This reference represents a time of innovation and experimentation for the brand. As Japan’s first mechanical column wheel chronograph, this watch made its debut in honor of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Today, however, this hardly feels like a 60-year-old relic, especially considering its mint condition.

This watch is for a true collector of vintage - someone who appreciates condition, original design, and Seiko's provenance. Interestingly, one can track the evolution of this design through Seiko’s modern catalog with references like the SPB127.

Seiko, a Japanese watch brand, began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori opened a small shop in Tokyo. The company's early focus was on producing high-quality wall clocks and pocket watches. In 1913, Seiko introduced its first wristwatch, the Laurel, marking the beginning of its journey into wristwatches. In 1956, Seiko introduced the Marvel, Japan's first automatic wristwatch, showcasing their dedication to creating mechanical watches that were accurate and convenient for everyday wear.

In the 1960s, Seiko introduced the Seiko Sportsmatic 5, the world's first automatic watch with a day-date function, in 1964, solidifying its reputation as a pioneer in the industry. In 1969, Seiko launched the Seiko Astron, the world's first quartz watch, which revolutionized the watchmaking industry by being more accurate and reliable than traditional mechanical watches.

Seiko continued to push the boundaries of innovation, introducing the Kinetic in 1988, which combined the accuracy of quartz with the self-energizing properties of automatic watches. This hybrid technology was a testament to Seiko's commitment to creating timepieces that were not only precise but also environmentally friendly.

In recent years, Seiko has expanded its horizons beyond wristwatches, introducing the Grand Seiko collection, embodying the pinnacle of Japanese craftsmanship. This journey is a testament to the brand's unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation, leaving an indelible mark on the world of horology. 







 

Seiko Monopusher Chronograph - Tokyo Olympics

$2,430.00

Authenticity Guaranteed

All our watches are carefully inspected to insure the authenticity of the watch

The Details

All our watches are scrutinized during inspection to make sure our descriptions are as accurate as possible.

Cart

No more products available for purchase

  • Ref. 5717-8990
  • Watch, Tags
  • Wire Price: $2,300

Year: Circa 1960s
Model: Monopusher
Case Diameter: 37.5mm 
Lug to Lug: 44.5mm
Case: Steel
Dial: Silver
Movement: Manual

Condition
The case is unpolished with the case back sticker still partially there. The manual movement was recently serviced. The watch comes on the original bracelet which is unsigned which was normal for this reference.

Seiko is a brand that needs no introduction in the watch community. Beloved for their high-end and affordable timepieces alike, it’s a surprise that some of their more historically significant watches still fly under the radar. Consider this reference 5717-8990 chronograph for example - constructed at the true genesis of Seiko domination. Its design is striking, with sharp edges and an explosive dial. This reference represents a time of innovation and experimentation for the brand. As Japan’s first mechanical column wheel chronograph, this watch made its debut in honor of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Today, however, this hardly feels like a 60-year-old relic, especially considering its mint condition.

This watch is for a true collector of vintage - someone who appreciates condition, original design, and Seiko's provenance. Interestingly, one can track the evolution of this design through Seiko’s modern catalog with references like the SPB127.

Seiko, a Japanese watch brand, began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori opened a small shop in Tokyo. The company's early focus was on producing high-quality wall clocks and pocket watches. In 1913, Seiko introduced its first wristwatch, the Laurel, marking the beginning of its journey into wristwatches. In 1956, Seiko introduced the Marvel, Japan's first automatic wristwatch, showcasing their dedication to creating mechanical watches that were accurate and convenient for everyday wear.

In the 1960s, Seiko introduced the Seiko Sportsmatic 5, the world's first automatic watch with a day-date function, in 1964, solidifying its reputation as a pioneer in the industry. In 1969, Seiko launched the Seiko Astron, the world's first quartz watch, which revolutionized the watchmaking industry by being more accurate and reliable than traditional mechanical watches.

Seiko continued to push the boundaries of innovation, introducing the Kinetic in 1988, which combined the accuracy of quartz with the self-energizing properties of automatic watches. This hybrid technology was a testament to Seiko's commitment to creating timepieces that were not only precise but also environmentally friendly.

In recent years, Seiko has expanded its horizons beyond wristwatches, introducing the Grand Seiko collection, embodying the pinnacle of Japanese craftsmanship. This journey is a testament to the brand's unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation, leaving an indelible mark on the world of horology.