I didn't really plan to talk about this today however a number of
subscribers are specifically interested in finding out which Seiko model
was produced in which year.
Chronologically the entire production can be divided into 9 distinctive
periods with almost no overlapping. The first railway Seikosha was
issued around 1929 and it is known as Type 19 Size 16. The current
production run is SVBR003 introduced in 1999 and has been unchanged for
the past 20 years.
Here is a visual breakdown:
Omitted form the list are a few special /
limited edition models, like SCVR001 silver pocket watch issued in year
2000. as well as 'labelled dial' examples which are essentially just a
cosmetic variation of the same models.
Basically, if you are looking for a Seiko railway watch made and issued
in a certain year (your birth year for example) then this list will
assist you figuring out which model you are after. Early models are all
mechanical manual wind, followed by mix of quarts/manual and after they
are all quartz. However, the first quartz model 38RW only produced for 2
years (1978-1980) and it is extremely hard one to find. Back in 1978, it sold for over $600 and cost more than a brand new Rolex Submariner 5513!
It goes without saying that you absolutely MUST have at least one Seiko
Railway pocket watch in your collection. For many decades, Seiko pocket
watches were regarded as the most accurate in the world - and this
reason alone is worth the investment.
Please do not copy/forward/publish any of above because this is still 'research in progress' with more fine tuning required.