What is a Seiko Bell Matic?
The Seiko Bell Matic is one of those lesser-known vintage watches from the 60s and 70s, but it is becoming more popular. Originally produced in November 1966 of 1966, and only in Japan, this was hailed as one of the world’s first automatic wristwatches with an alarm and a central rotor.
How do you change the day on a Seiko Bell Matic?
To change the day you have to run the hands around until the day has changed the snapped into place. Then back the hands up to about 9:00 then forward again until the day changes.
Is the Seiko Bell Matic a good watch?
The Seiko Bell Matic is one of those lesser-known vintage watches from the 60s and 70s, but it is becoming more popular. Especially since a lot of the models for sale on Ebay and the like are not of great quality.
When did Seiko make the first mechanical alarm watch?
Seiko introduced their ‘Bell-Matic’ range in 1966 but the history of the mechanical alarm watch begins more than 20 years earlier. Vulcain had been working since the early 1940s to perfect a movement that could chime an alarm loud enough to be heard, but not so violently that it interfered with the delicate business of accurate timekeeping.
How do I set the alarm on my Bell-Matic?
Pulling the crown out to its first position engages the indicator ring allowing it to be turned. A marker on the ring indicates when, during the next 12 hours, the alarm will sound. Pulling the crown out to its second position allows the time to be set as with a regular watch. The multi function Bell-Matic has another two tricks up its sleeve.
How many jewels are there in a Seiko Bellmatic?
Both barrel arbors are also fully jeweled top and bottom in this version. In 1968, Seiko reduced the jewel count to 21 for the US market, supposedly to avoid the import tax applied to luxury watches with high jewel counts. Within two years, Bell-Matics for all markets had been reduced to 17 jewels.