Prompted by Horoplicity's post, here's a Tribute to Eichi

Jun 09, 2021,16:06 PM
 

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.

Cazalea

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This seems like a tour...

 
 By: Ronald Held : June 9th, 2021-16:55
That I should go on,someday...

Thanks a lot Michael for sharing the tour....

 
 By: mahesh : June 10th, 2021-08:32
the dial is impeccable & pure...Eichi II is a timepiece i like and appreciate very much. i've a question if i may - does magnetism affect spring-drive in same way as any mechanical timepiece ? thanks again for sharing pics of this wonderful dial. Best... 

I asked myself that question and couldn't be sure

 
 By: cazalea : June 10th, 2021-14:25
So I asked it of Seiko too, and here's Seiko's answer: How does magnetism affect a watch? Watches can be adversely affected by magnetism and may gain or lose time. It is important not to leave a watch close to magnetic objects for a long periods. In parti...  

super thanks Mike !

 
 By: mahesh : June 10th, 2021-14:31
great detail...i was pondering over this for a while...i also never knew about the 40k a/m. Best, mahesh.,

I was thinking out further...

 
 By: mahesh : June 11th, 2021-16:40
shouldn't Seiko make this explicit...I was worried of it for long to get a spring drive as I presumed it is much more susceptible to magnetism & airport x-ray machines ! personally I think this movement is underrated & you got me thinking Mike !!

I have had many Spring Drives and never a problem with any of them

 
 By: cazalea : June 12th, 2021-13:58
My first in 2005 SBGA001 The very first Spring Drive 1999 production - I owned this but foolishly sold it (small and rattly bracelet) Credor Moon Phase Spring Drive; I have owned this since 2006 A Credor on strap with a slightly newer manual wind movement...  

thanks for sharing....

 
 By: mahesh : June 13th, 2021-11:04
that credor moon phase...the case is gorgeously curvy !