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 Posted: Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 02:41 pm
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bigrustypig
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Hi 3T. Just wondering what your experiences are regarding the new Seiko 5 releases....those issued 2009/2010 and up to last month?

I have been very disappointed to say the least. I bought myself several pieces over the past 3 years and gave away some as presents to my WIS brother and to my nephews and most of them just suddenly stopped. After a trip to the watch guy, all watches had main spring or hair spring problems. The Black Monster I gave to my nephew, though not a Seiko 5, suffered the same fate.....sudden death.

I'm starting to think these are now called Seiko 4 (1Day 2Date 3Automatic 4Water Resist. 5Shock Proof... seems to have been forgotten by Seiko.

I have totally given up on Seiko 5 and will not buy one ever again. (Stopped buying since these since 2012)

Any feedback or similar experiences?



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 Posted: Wed Jul 3rd, 2013 03:06 am
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Sorry to hear about your Seiko 5 woe's Jeff!

I only have experience with one Seiko 5, and it has hung in there for the time being (but I admit, it hasn't seen very much action). My Seiko Monsters are the previous model line, and as I'm sure you know...those models have taken everything I can dish out (and I tend to wear them when I know they are going to get knocked around and take a beating...tough as nails).

Very interesting to hear that all of your newer line models have suffered main spring and hair spring issues...which is unacceptable and definitely not on par with what I expect from Seiko (even from their economical line).

I'll be interested to hear what others have experienced.

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I cant say i had the same problems.

I bought a mini-monster just to try it out. After a month i got bored with it, it just did not feel like a Seiko around my wrist. I own a Seiko Flightmaster, the cheapest version that runs on a quartz movement and it feels much more serious compared to the mini-monster.

The 5-series watches feel more flimsy from what i have
experienced myself, and read from other owners here in Sweden. I dont think i heard a WIS ever say that a 5┬┤er is a keeper.



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 Posted: Tue Sep 17th, 2013 02:43 pm
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Thanks for your inputs, Chris and Patrick.

Yes, I agree. The new 5 lines don't seem to be keepers. They may look nice and well-styled but the moment they (plural) become unreliable, the WIS in me can lose years of respect for the line.

Chris....have been very busy to post but I've seen all the news on CNN/BBC and hope you guys there are ok and safe from the floods.

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Jeff... I have to say I have been disappointed as well. I bought my wife a Seiko 5 that died after only a month.

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Paladin wrote:
Jeff... I have to say I have been disappointed as well. I bought my wife a Seiko 5 that died after only a month.

Talked to some WIS here where I am and same general comment. My buddies that regulate Seiko 5s are finding it more difficult to regulate them plus they can lose or gain as much as 26 secs a day!!!

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Hmmm most disappointing to be sure. I have 5 Seiko5s and bought my wife 3. Most were bought in the last 5 years and only one gave me any trouble. It arrived with a broken date wheel. The wheel itself is plastic and I reckon there's a lot of plastic parts in them these days which may be the issue. Apart from running a little fast (which doesn't bother me) they've all been great. It's true that some of their bracelets do fell cheap and flimsy but ya gotta remember the price point some of them are at. I'm really curious about the new hacking movements but have not purchased any yet. Maybe I've been lucky up to now but I still find fun and value in them. Sorry to hear they haven't worked for you.

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Upside wrote:
Hmmm most disappointing to be sure. I have 5 Seiko5s and bought my wife 3. Most were bought in the last 5 years and only one gave me any trouble. It arrived with a broken date wheel. The wheel itself is plastic and I reckon there's a lot of plastic parts in them these days which may be the issue. Apart from running a little fast (which doesn't bother me) they've all been great. It's true that some of their bracelets do fell cheap and flimsy but ya gotta remember the price point some of them are at. I'm really curious about the new hacking movements but have not purchased any yet. Maybe I've been lucky up to now but I still find fun and value in them. Sorry to hear they haven't worked for you.

Thanks for the inputs. I am ok with their craftmanship, bracelet and all of that given the low price points....yielding superior value. It's just that compared to my older 5s, the recent 5s seem to be duds....big letdown for a former 5 lover like me.

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