• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 268

    SEIKOSHA. A RARE OVERSIZED NICKEL PILOT'S WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS

    SIGNED SEIKOSHA, CASE NO. 27723, CIRCA 1940

    Price Realised  

    SEIKOSHA. A RARE OVERSIZED NICKEL PILOT'S WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS
    SIGNED SEIKOSHA, CASE NO. 27723, CIRCA 1940
    Nickel-finished lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, black dial, Arabic numerals, luminescent accents, center seconds, circular case, outer rotating coin-edged bezel, Arabic five minute divisions, snap on back, case and movement signed
    48mm diam.


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    The Seikosha company was established in Tokyo, Japan in 1892 as the clock manufacturing branch of K. Hattori, a jewelry and watch firm that opened in the early 1880s. Over the years, Seikosha was divided and subdivided into a collection of smaller companies that later evolved into what is known today as the Seiko Corporation. The company was especially well-recognized for their production of military watches. Timepieces like the present example were not comissioned by the Japanese military directly, but rather purchased by private individuals working for the armed forces, hence explaining the rarity of such watches.