1963 Seiko J13.083 Seikomatic “Self Dater” 39j (70 PROOF) 260 Micron Gold Cap

1963 Seiko J13.083 Seikomatic “Self Dater” 39j (70 PROOF) 260 Micron Gold Cap

275.00 350.00

The "Seikomatic" line of the of the 1960's is wrought with example after example of the best in mid-century modern design. They were, and still are, a true embodiment of the idea that less is more as it relates to that aesthetic. Many of these pieces are fairly readily available, but there are rarely seen treasures that can on occasion, and with some patience, be uncovered. Such is the case with the J13.083. The flagship of the Seikomatic line in it's day, it boasts the 39j Cal. 395 hacking automatic movement. The case is just shy of 37mm with leggy lugs, and classic architecture, but most notably, it is gold in color. Though we typically only offer stainless steel pieces, this model was only offered in a gold cap. Though cap is an understatement, as the case was drenched in a 260 micron thick gold plating. As this watch nears 60 years of age, though, the heavy plating has begun to wear into an almost matte finish. There are a few small places showing wear through, however, it only seems to add to the character of this scarcely seen piece. The dial is a silver sunburst with a glossy lacquered finish that’s aged into a warm glowing patina that’s undeniably stunning. With only a couple of minor imperfections, it is adorned with golden baguette markers and the Seikomatic “spinning top” badge. A pleasing mix of fonts dress the rest of the dial, and counting the hours and minutes are broad and beveled dauphines. An ivory minute chapter meets the crystal and provides a perfect frame. The screwdown case back carries the deep relief of the dolphin and crown badge, and all the original markings are still crisp and legible. Completely original aside from a replacement crown and crystal, and keeping near perfect time post service, this is truly a rare Seiko treasure considered by many to be their very first luxury timepiece. 

Clockwork Synergy Distressed Dark Brown Leather with Reverse Stitch (clockworksynergy.com)

Serviced 5/25/18

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