The 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo were historic as it was the first Asian-national Olympics to be broadcast live through satellite. Seiko was selected as the official timekeeper and created a range of timekeeping devices, including their first-ever mechanical chronograph caliber. This 21-jewel, 6mm-thin, manually-wound monopusher was ahead of its time, with a 38-hour power reserve. The steel case measured 38mm, making it suitable for most people and its design has held up well over the years. Despite Seiko's recent reissue of SARX069, the original remains a favorite among collectors.
The bidirectional bezel is made of steel with a black aluminum insert. The Seiko 5719 was fitted with 2 bezels: the original one, in black plastic, which proved not to be very resistant to wear and friction, was replaced by a steel bezel with a black insert which makes it much more resistant and qualitative.
This 5719-8980 was initially a deadstock and it is one of the best examples you can own.
Ships from Tokyo, Japan.
SOLD - Seiko Crown Chronograph 5719-8980
The monopusher is in excellent condition: 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.
We've decided to pair it with a new old stock tropic strap from the 70s to lean into the utilitarian nature of this chronograph.
MODEL: Crown chronograph
DIAL: Original black dial
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 40.5 x 44.5 mm, 12.0mm thickness, 18mm Lug Width.
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Snap-off Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Seiko manual-wound Cal. 5719A
Manufacturing date: August 1964
Service History: Unknown, ±10s/day
Bracelet/Strap: New old stock tropic straps from the 70s