For watch enthusiasts, the search for the right timepiece can sometimes last for days, months, or even years. The thrill of finally discovering and acquiring the desired model is unparalleled.
Our search for a particular watch lasted over 6 years, but we eventually found it. Although the watch wasn’t considered a “Grail watch” that is almost impossible to obtain, we faced challenges such as reseller prices, high shipping costs, or even the inability to ship to certain regions. Let’s dive into more details about the one and only – Seiko Navitimer aka Flightmaster!
Seiko Watches: A Journey of Innovation
Seiko, a renowned Japanese watchmaker, boasts a fascinating history dating back to 1881. Founded by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo, the brand’s name “Seiko” translates to “exquisite” or “success” in Japanese. Over the years, Seiko has been a pioneer in the watch industry, introducing various groundbreaking innovations and achieving significant milestones:
- Firsts in Watchmaking. Seiko’s rich history includes several noteworthy firsts, such as producing Japan’s first wristwatch in 1913, the first-ever quartz watch in 1969 (Seiko Astron), and the world’s first quartz in 1983.
- In-House Production. Unlike many watchmakers, Seiko controls every aspect of production, from crafting components to assembling the watches. This vertical integration ensures uncompromising quality and precision in each timepiece.
- Quartz Revolution. Seiko played a pivotal role in the quartz revolution of the late 20th century. The introduction of affordable quartz watches revolutionized the industry, making precise timekeeping accessible to millions worldwide.
- Seiko’s Diverse Collections. The brand offers an extensive range of watch collections. It truly caters to various preferences and styles. From the iconic Seiko 5 and Prospex diver’s watches to the luxurious Grand Seiko line, there’s a Seiko timepiece for every enthusiast.
- Innovations in Kinetic Technology. Seiko continues to innovate with its Kinetic technology. It combines the accuracy of quartz with the self-sustaining power of automatic movements. This resulted in environmentally friendly watches that require no battery replacement.
Seiko’s dedication to craftsmanship has indeed solidified its position as a global leader in watchmaking. We must emphasize that!
Introduction to Seiko Navitimer
Seiko, a legendary brand synonymous with exceptional quality, proudly unveils its latest horological masterpiece – the Seiko Navitimer. This extraordinary watch sets a new standard in the world of timepieces. It truly combines timeless elegance, cutting-edge functionality, and meticulous craftsmanship.
This watch represents the culmination of decades of watchmaking expertise. It boosts Seiko’s position as a true pioneer in the industry.
A Journey Through Time – The Seiko Navitimer Legacy
Embarking on a historical journey, the roots of the Seiko Navitimer trace back to an illustrious lineage of superior craftsmanship and advancements.
Drawing inspiration from classic pilot watches, the Navitimer pays homage to its aviation heritage while effortlessly blending Seiko’s distinctive design language. Over the years, Seiko has continuously pushed the boundaries of watchmaking. And the Navitimer watch stands as a shining testament to its relentless commitment to excellence.
Seiko Superior SSA005K1: The Timeless Flight Computer
Let’s dive into more details below, as this watch has many things to offer!
Innovative Design and Slide Rule
Introducing the Seiko Superior SSA005K1, also known as the Seiko Navitimer or Flight Computer CYCLOPS. This is a true example of modernization, values, and quality that defines Seiko in general.
The Superior series has a rich history, with its mechanical timepieces rivaling the precision of quartz watches during the quartz revolution. However, the Superior line, including the model we’re talking about today, was sadly discontinued a few years back after a short run about a decade ago.
Bold Case and Distinctive Features
One thing is undeniable – the Superior Aviation Line’s design draws inspiration from the iconic Navitimer calculator. Still, Seiko added its style, ensuring reliable specifications and a dependable mechanism.
Now, let’s talk about the watch’s impressive 44mm wide stainless steel case. It measures 50mm lug to lug and is 13mm thick. It’s a substantial timepiece, and those with smaller wrists might find it a bit challenging to wear comfortably. The crown, located at 4 o’clock, isn’t threaded. Yet, the watch maintains a water resistance of 100 meters. We must say, the crown design adds a nice touch with its black color and red accents.
One small downside of the case is its highly polished finish. Why is this a downside? Well, it can be susceptible to scratches over time. But that’s just a minor gripe.