1969 JDM Seiko 5126-8130 5 Sports 70m “Rally” (Proof)

1969 JDM Seiko 5126-8130 5 Sports 70m “Rally” (Proof)

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One of the best examples of “one-upmanship” between Seiko’s Suwa and Daini divisions is the “Rally” rivalry, and without question there is a clear winner in this race... vintage Seiko fans across the globe. No matter which models you prefer, it’s highly likely that one or all of them are at the very top of your “want” list. If there’s an edge to be given, it goes to Daini and the 5126 models, as many of the Suwa “Rally” divers were readily available in western markets, but as is often the case, the Daini models were built for the domestic market only. In addition to their JDM status, the 5126 “Rallies” were only produced for a couple of years, so there are far fewer of them available on the market. That said, our excitement at the opportunity to grab this gem from April of ‘69 was almost immeasurable. This 8130 is housed in a beefy cushion case with almost no signs of wear. Each surface and finish is super crisp, and the corners are sharp enough to cut with. It’s topped with a coin edge bezel with beveled edges, and a near perfect silver and black checked insert. Beneath it, a mirror polished chapter frames a mint silver sunburst dial with applied markers. Each has a bright white luminous plot that meets a black overlay cap at the minute track. A black “5” badge and baby blue “Sports” designation dress the dial along with a 70m Proof designation. The hour and minute hands are polished and striped to match and a blaze orange sweep counts the seconds. Behind the dial, Daini’s 23 jewel 5126 is a beautiful departure from Seiko tradition. Foregoing  the “magic” pawl lever in the autowind mechanism, the design is much closer to something Swiss, utilizing reverser wheels to transfer the rotors movements to the mainspring. Post service, it winds and sets smoothly, and is keeping near perfect time. It comes attached to the original “5 Sports” rolled five link bracelet with marked end links. In truly amazing condition, this is sure to be a highlight in any collection.


Original Seiko “5 Sports” Rolled Five Link Bracelet in Stainless Steel


Serviced 4/18/19

Diameter- 40.5mm

Lugs- 20mm

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