Seiko 6619A

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Seiko 6619A


The Seiko caliber 6619A presented here, debuted 1964, just in the same years, as the olympic summergames took place in Tokyo, Japan. It is equal to the Caliber 410, which was launched 1963 and used the old numbering scheme.

Seiko 6619A: simple but genious selfwinding mechanism

simple but genious selfwinding mechanism

The selfwinding mechanism is extremely simple, but efficient: The rotor drives with a excenter changer the reduction wheel directly and so works in both direction. The advantage is, that it is a partially hardly idle at all, requires low maintenance and offers great durability - ideal for workhorses, namely for those Seiko watches. So, the term “Magic Lever” for this construction is not used out of the blue…

Seiko 6619A: movement view with detached oscillating weight

movement view with detached oscillating weight

As you can see here, at position “11:30”, there’s a large open screw. With that screw and a screwdriver, a watchmaker can easily wind the movement. This was neccessiary, since the Caliber 6619A doesn’t offer a handwinding mechanism by the crown.

The balance assembly of this movement consists of a screwless Glucydur balance, which is regulated by a short regulator arm with a simple scale, and a moveable hairspring stud. It is located in two inhouse Diashock bearings. A traditional swiss-type pallet anchor escapement is used; the center second hand is driven directly.

Seiko 6619A: movement view without selfwindig mechanism

movement view without selfwindig mechanism

The whole gear assembly is located under the large three-quarter main plate. This construction is cheaper and less prone to manufacturing tolerances, but not very much service-friendly.

The jewels are used the following way:

  • Balance: 5
  • Escapement: 4
  • Anchor wheel: 2
  • Fourth wheel: 2
  • Third wheel: 2
  • Selfwinding reduction gear: 2
  • Excenter mechanism: 1
  • “blind” jewels on the dial side: 3

That’s 21 jewels altogether.

Seiko 6619A: Seiko 6619A dial side

Seiko 6619A dial side

As denoted before, on the dial side, there’s a speciality, which is pretty unusual for Seiko: Three “blind” jewels without any use at all were inserted below the weekday indicator. Probably this was done due to marketing reasons, which thought, that an “18 jewels” movement wouldn’t be seen as superiour to a conventional “17 jewels” movement and so, at least “21 jewels” should indicate higher quality.

Nevertheless, this movement shows, what kind of perfect constructed, but simple movements, Japan made. These movements, together with stainless steel cases, allowed those workhorse watches to run reliably for decades without any need for a service. And as you can seen on the watch shown below, this was not just theory.

Seiko 6619A: dial side: date mechanism

dial side: date mechanism

The slowly advancing date could be corrected by pressing the crown.

Technical data

Size:12 1/2'''
Number of jewels:21
Escapement:Pallet lever
Balance types: Glucydur anular balance
Shock protection(s): Diashock (Seiko)
Balance bearing / direction hairspring:Counterclockwise
Moveable stud:yes
Adjust mechanism:Hairspring key
Winding mechanism:yoke winding system
  • SCD (direct center seconds)
  • QG (date indication (aperture))
  • JG (weekday indication (aperture))
  • RDR (date corrector)
  • AUT (selfwinding)
Production period:1964(1963)-19??
References: Flume: K3 -

Usage gallery

Seiko 6619A: Seiko Weekdater gents watch

Seiko Weekdater gents watch