Today we offer this extremely rare and pristine Seiko Golf Cronos 13074 set from 1961.
In World War II, the US military took control of numerous golf courses in Japan. But when these courses were handed back to Japan in the 1950s, there was a significant increase in enthusiasm for the sport.
As the popularity of Golf spiked, Seiko made special Golf watches under its Cronos hand-wind in limited numbers as a celebration: Belt buckles for golfers with a flip-down buckle revealing a hidden watch (We sold one a while ago!), golf-themed pocket watches and this Cronos cased in a 13074.
The 13074 is interesting in that it features a golf ball face on both dials and on the case back. The dial comes in cream patterned with white dots to represent the golf ball surrounded by a beautiful silver bezel with black minutes trims. which in turn is perfectly complemented by the iconic mountain hands. A gorgeous watch indeed, the lugs and resulting overall shape of the watch present as the most prominent features of the design.
This Cronos Golf is powered by the Manual winding 21J Diashock movement and comes in a complete set that you probably see once in a lifetime: Coming with its original and extremely rare metal box, original signed Seiko straps, the iconic S buckle, and the Cronos tag, this example is in very good condition with remnants on the blue protective sticker on the case-back and the dial is immaculate which is a true joy to see up close since most of these model tend to deteriorate. Originally belonging to a private collection, we believe this is how the particular model came for sale during that time.
A truly collectible piece, and one that we won't likely have the opportunity to offer again soon, especially in such a pristine set.
Ships from Tokyo, Japan.
Seiko Cronos Golf 13074
Overall, this Cronos Golf set is in excellent condition
The case is in very good condition with light scratches but no bumps are observed. The crown is unsigned and appears to be original.
The dial is also in immaculate condition with no noticeable discoloration or stains.
The straps are signed by Seiko and we believe they are original with signs of scuffs and peeling on the edges (We will provide new straps upon request). The S buckle is in good condition
There is a small chip on the glass but barely noticeable
The original case-back is in very good condition and retains the golf ball and logo engravings with some remnants on the original protective sticker.
The metal box is in very good condition with no sign of damage.
MODEL: Cronos Golf
DIAL: Original cream golf ball dial
CASE MATERIAL: Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 36mm wide (excluding crown), 41mm tall, 12mm thick, lugs width 18mm.
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Snap-in Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Seikosha Manual-wound 21J
Manufacturing date: 1961
Service History: Unknown, ±30s/day
Bracelet/Strap: Vintage Seiko "loop" straps with original S buckle