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Seiko Lord-Matic 5606-7320 (Sold)


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Category Lord-Matic Tags 1974 Sold
Manufacture Seiko
Model Lord-Matic
Reference 5606-7320
Retail then 19.000 Yen - 416 Euro
Movement Automatic, 21600bph
Jewels 23 jewels
Serial No. 42xxxx
Case Steel, Tanaka design 36x42x1mm
Crystal Hardlex facetted
Dial Electric Blue
Bracelet 19m around, XBA020
Lugs 18mm
Production 1974-02
Condition Very good
Service Full service 10-2019
Box No
Papers No

This Seiko is a Seiko Lord-Matic, Suwa division edition. It is a self-winding 23 jewels 7320 model from February 1974 - the years when the Lord-Matics essentially took over from the discontinued Vanac. These models just have the LM logo on the dial. Seiko only started applying these since the late 1969 models and thereafter, and it did not always happen consistently. For instance there are in fact 4 variations of a model like the 5606-7000. The 56LMW010 and the 56LMW040 are mainly about different bracelets, but also the hands can show stilistic choices - the 56LMW010 can have sword hands with or without inlay.

Back to basics however, this model like all LM’s has the King Seiko 56 base movement (a high end automatic that was thinner then all other auto’s of the time). Nevertheless it is large for its day at 36-42-11mm and has a 21600 beat rate, offers quick set day and date, hand winding and the ability to precisely set the seconds though a hacking lever.

The 56 stream seems to have been developed between two other caliber streams, the 51 (starting in 1967), and the 52 (starting in 1970). When the 51 was developed, it had a thickness of 4.9mm. The 56 had a reduced thickness of 4.3mm, and the 52 (used in the Lord-matic Special) further reduced the movements thickness to 3.9mm.

In this continuing effort to reduce the thickness of its mid to high grade movements, many novel design elements were incorporated into the 5606. At the beginning of their roughly ten year production run, during the late 1960's till 1970's, the Lordmatics (like this one) were a one piece design in that you could only remove the movement from the front, thereby increasing the water-proofing. For maintenance of the watch, it is opened through and by removing the acrylic glass.

Although the 56 series was later upgraded and used in some chronometer grade King Seiko's, I find it sad that it was not chosen for the task when Seiko made the decision to resurrect the 52 series as the 4s15, with all of its siblings. I really think Seiko was approaching the epitome of automatic movement design in this caliber, and the 4s series is a compromise of some excellent ideas

This JDM edition then, English and Kanji (Japanese) day, has been serviced and is moving flawlessly after a Seiko shake with a day difference well within COSC! On the inside this watch is no less impressive in this day and age. The calendar changes accurately (and immediately) on the 24 hour mark and the crown works fine adjusting the day of the week or time. Of course, this Lordmatic has the quickset day-date (QS) and can be hand-wound, and is with hacking function. However, all 56 LM calibres apart from the 5601 do have the plastic component prone to wear in the QS mechanism, which is often inoperable. Here no problems naturally, just make sure to always adjust the day at the end of the day at around 7 PM.