Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Seiko LM - Lord Matic 5606-8060

Today's watch is a vintage dial watch with a high quality finish.

The watch is by Seiko and is part of a range called Lord Matic (or Lordmatic), which is designated by the LM symbol on the face. The Lord Matic watches were a high quality watch aimed at competing against the middle class of Swiss watches, and was made during the late 60s and 70s. They were made with a high level of finish which was close to the Grand Seiko and King Seiko.

Inside this model is a Japanese made automatic 5606 movement driving a 3 hand dial with day (dual language) and date window at the 3 o'clock position. The Lord Matics used the 56 calibre movements, with the 23 jewel 5606 having the most features. This movement is a high beat with a sweep seconds hand and a 21600 bph frequency, making it very smooth. The 5606 movement had a C grade accuracy and contained many novel design elements to keep the thickness low (at 4.3mm).

This particular model is the 5606-8060, and was one of possibly hundreds of different variants produced. It features a blue and grey dial with silver hour markers. The glass is pretty thick with a thicker central flat section and sides which drop away. The face is round in an elongated case. The strap is stainless steel with a part number of XBA 020 and an LM branded clasp. From the serial number, this watch is made in 1974.

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