Prompted by Horoplicity's post, here's a Tribute to Eichi
In late 2014, thanks to gracious hosts at Seiko, was able to visit the atelier and observe the painting of these dials, and the assembly of the movements and complete watches. Today I cleaned up, resized and reprocessed these images for Seiko fans.
Let's get our lint-free coats and hats on first, shall we?
A look at the dials first, as that's what you first see of the watch.
Color varies according to ambient light and angles of the watch to the light.
Now to the movement. I was able to inspect several that were in the process of being assembled.
Mysteries of the Spring Drive are revealed here. The tri-syncro generator / speed brake and about a million millimeters of copper wire.
Removing specks of dust left in the assembly process (probably when I bent over with the camera)
All assembled and cased, from a few different angles.
What you may have been waiting for -- the dial painter. He's in another room across the hall, with the diamond-setting ladies.
Diamonds strewn around the table!
A few other Credor high-end pieces beckoned to me
We walked past the custom shop, where they do one-off pieces and small runs, like the Credor Sonnerie
$400,000 or so? Would you like to try it on? Yes, I would.
I suppose this is more my style and my budget!
I hope you enjoyed the insider tour.