Seiko decided to honor the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by launching two unique and specially designed watches almost a decade prior to releasing their first automatic chronograph, the 6139. These two watches, the 6217 World Time and a monopusher chronograph with a 60-second timer, became significant parts of Seiko's history. The first model, the 45899, had the Olympic torch engraved on its case back. Another model, the 5717-8990, was introduced before the end of that year.
If you had the chance to read our previous listings, the original bezel of the iconic 45899 was made in plastic but deemed to be fragile. For that reason, Seiko decided to upgrade it with steel. This particular model comes with a metal bezel insert which black markers and can be rotated bidirectionally.
Movement-wise, though it is simple in its construction, the Cal. 5717 movement is still a column wheel caliber, that is robust but also features a date wheel, which was not present in the first 45899 Monopusher model. The single pusher works to both start and stop the mechanism and serves as the reset.
We are thrilled to present the Ref.5717-8990 watch, which has been impeccably serviced and maintains excellent timekeeping. This watch was originally deadstock and features a smooth lacquered silver sunburst dial with polished baguette markers and a date display at the 3 o'clock position. The dial is enclosed by a white chapter ring with a black minute track, and the lettering on the dial is minimalist, which in our opinion enhances the overall clean and sharp appearance of the watch.
Whether you want to give it a second life by wearing it or keeping it in your collection, this one is sure to be a favorite.
Ships from Tokyo, Japan,
SOLD - Seiko Crown Chronograph 5717-8990
The monopusher is in excellent condition and it is a deadstock: The case is strong with just barely visible light scratches probably due to storage. The dial is the main attraction here as it is very clean and the hands are still intact. The bezel is immaculate with no visible scratches or bumps and it rotates smoothly
The are no visible scratches on the glass.
The caseback retains the seahorse logo and still has the blue protective film surrounding it.
The watch comes with its original price tag and "Seiko Chronograph" tag.
MODEL: Crown chronograph
DIAL: Original silver dial
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 38mm diameter, 12mm thickness, 18mm Lug Width.
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Snap-off Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Seiko manual-wound Cal. 5717A
Manufacturing date: December 1964
Service History: Serviced, ±5s/day
Bracelet/Strap: Original and correct railroad bracelet for this particular model.