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Date/Report Number …..011213.FNT5HY.04 Item:  IMPERIAL JAPANESE SEIKOSHA NATION MILITARY WATCH BOX
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Description of item: RESTORED RARE 1933-1942 WWII IMPERIAL JAPANESE SEIKOSHA NATION
WRIST WATCH AND TIMER IN MILITARY WATCH BOX

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1799.00


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RESTORED
RARE
1933-1942
WWII
IMPERIAL
JAPANESE
SEIKOSHA
NATION
WRIST WATCH

WITH
RARE
SEIKOSHA
SKS
15 JEWEL
MILITARY MOVEMENT

AND

WWII
SIGNED
GREAT BRITAIN
STAINLESS STEEL
BONKLIP

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1939 - 1945
JAPANESE
SEIKOSHA
SKS
ADJUSTED
MILITARY TIMER/STOP WATCH

IN A

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Kintaro Hattori


FROM 1874 TO 1917,  JAPAN HAD SHED HER ANCIENT OUT-DATED WAYS AND MOVED WITH UNEXPECTED FORCE INTO THE MODERN WORLD.

JAPAN  HAD BECOME A BUILDER OF HER OWN ARMAMENTS, SHIPS, PLANES AND HAD EVEN  IMPROVED UPON THE ADVANCEMENTS OF THE MODERNIZED WORLD.

IN FACT, AFTER THE 1904-05 ANNIHILATION OF TWO VAUNTED AND POWERFUL RUSSIAN FLEETS, SHE HAD BECOME A WELCOME TREATY PARTNER OF THE USA, BRITAIN AND THE WORLD AT LARGE.

BY 1917,  DAINI SEIKOSHA WAS SEEKING WESTERN TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THEIR  CAPABILITIES TO PRODUCE MODERN WATCHES. THEY INVITED SWISS AND AMERICAN WATCH COMPANIES TO JAPAN. THEY DID WHAT THE JAPANESE DO BEST. UNDER THE BANNER OF POSSIBLE EXPORTS, THESE COMPANIES WOULD, IN FACT, TEACH THE JAPANESE WOW TO MAKE MODERN WATCHES. EVEN WITH THE FACT JAPAN WOULD LOOSE THEIR SHARE OF WWII, UNCONDITIONALLY, BY THE LATE 1950'S, JAPAN AND SEIKO WOULD COMPETE TOE TO TOE WITH THE ENTIRE GLOBAL WATCH COMMUNITY.


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1917 ADVERTISEMENT

IN 1917, JAPAN HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE MOST ADVANCED COMPANIES IN SWITZERLAND AND THE UNITED STATES. THE ABOVE ADD IS IMPORTANT TO THIS HISTORY AND THIS OFFER. HATTORI/SEIKOSHA UTILIZED SWISS AND AMERICAN MOVEMENTS IN SOME OF THEIR EARLY MILITARY AND CIVILIAN WATCHES, THEN WE SEE SEIKOSHA SIGNED MOVEMENTS THAT CONTAIN JAPANESE    MOVEMENTS THAT MATCH USA AND SWISS MOVEMENTS, TECHNOLOGY AND FINISHING TECHNIQUES. 


THE SEIKOSHA WATCH >
SEIKO > NATION + DELIKATA + OTHERS....

AFTER JAPAN'S STUNNING VICTORY IN THE THE RUSSO-JAPANESE  WAR OF 1905, JAPAN WAS WELCOMED INTO THE "PRIVATE CLUB" BY THE UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITAIN. THESE MOVES AND THE VICTORY, AND THE "WAR SPOILS GIFT OF KOREA, INSPIRED JAPAN TO FURTHER BUILD HER OWN EMPIRE .

IT WAS DURING THIS TIME THAT JAPAN SOUGHT WESTERN TECHNOLOGY IN A BID TO FURTHER WHAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY FROM A BACKWARDS TECHNOLOGY NATION OF 1875, TO A NATION THAT DESTROYED TWO RUSSIAN FLEETS IN 1905.

MANY JAPANESE COMPANIES WOULD SOON, WITH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, TRAVEL THE GLOBE IN SEARCH OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY. ONE OF THOSE COMPANIES WAS HATTORI/SEIKOSHA. SOON, SEIKOSHA WOULD BE THE PRODUCTION FORCE IN JAPAN;  BUILDING ADVANCED WATCHES, CLOCKS, TIMERS AND MILITARY RELATED DEVICES.

THE FOLLOWING PICTURES REPRESENT AN ACCUMILATION OF SEIKOSHA KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. THE LINE OF STANDARD & MILITARY WATCHES WERE BEING UTILIZED THROUGHOUT JAPAN, INCLUDING IN MILITARY ACTIONS IN KOREA, CHINA, MANCHURIA AND SOON, THROUGHOUT THE PACIFIC. OTHER NATIONS PLACES 24/7) WITH UNIQUE NAMES SUCH AS  

NAMES LIKE  "NATION" [ SIGNIFYING THE JAPANESE NATION] SEIKO [WAS NOT A RIVATE BRAND YET], DELIKATA AND OTHERS. THESE WATCHES WOULD BE WORN AND CHERISHED JAPANESE SOLDIERS.


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1930 - 1945
SEIKOSHA
SKS
MILITARY NATION
WRIST WATCH

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THE ABOVE PICTURE IS DATED 1929-1930. YOU CAN SEE THE "SWISS BARS" FINISH ON THE MOVEMENTS -ALTERNATING LINES- YOU ALSO SEE THE WIRE LUGS AND TWO WITH PIN-LUGS.

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THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS THE MILITARY VERSION OF THE SEIKOSHA SEIKO NATION WITH RED 24 HR MIL TIME. THIS MODEL HAS A CHROMED CASE AND PIN/SPRING BAR LUGS. YOU WILL ALSO NOTE THAT SEIKO IS REPRESENTED AS THE BRAND WITH NATION IN SMALLER PRINT BELOW ON THE RIGHT. SEIKO WAS JUST BECOMING A  BRAND OF SEIKOSHA, IT WAS A SHORTER NAME FOR SEIKOSHA.

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THE ABOVE PIC SHOWS VARIOUS CALIBRE.
IF YOU KNOW MOVEMENTS YOU CAN SEE
THAT ALL THESE MOVEMENTS HAVE A
TWIN IN EITHER SWITZERLAND
OR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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THE ABOVE PIC SHOWS THE DATE AGAIN AS 1929 1930. WATCHES WERE VALUABLE COMMODITIES IN THE JAPANESE COMMUNITY.

MANY VINTAGE JAPANESE MILITARY CAPABLE WATCHES THAT REMAINED AFTER W.W.II, WERE ACTUALLY MADE FROM 1929 THROUGH 1936.

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BY 1933,  JAPAN BEGAN TO SEE HERSELF ON EQUAL GROUND TO THE WORLD POWERS. NATIONALISM AND MILITARISM WERE AT THE FRONT OF HER AGENDA. JAPAN   BEGAN FLEXING HER NAVAL POWER AND EXPANDING HER "EMPIRE" IN WAYS THAT THREATENED THE U.S. AND HER EUROPEAN ALLIES FRANCE AND BRITIAN. 

IN 1936 JAPAN PULLED OUT OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, THE LONDON NAVEL CONFERENCE AND RENOUNCED THE WASHINGTON AND LONDON NAVEL TREATIES IN ORDER TO SECRETLY DEVELOP A NEW CLASS OF BATTLE SHIP CALLED THE YAMATO CLASS; THE LARGEST AND MOST FORTIFIED AND GUNNED IN HISTORY-- CAUSING THE 1936 WORLD WIDE ARMS RACE WITH BATTLE SHIPS BEING THE PRIMARY WEAPON OF CHOICE.

FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, ENGLAND AND THE US IMMEDIATELY   BEGAN PLANS FOR LARGER MORE POWERFUL BATTLESHIPS..

BY 1937, JAPAN WAS CONDUCTING UNDECLARED WAR IN CHINA. SOON, THE SEA BECAME  JAPAN'S BATTLE GROUND  AND ITS BASES THE PACIFIC ISLANDS . JAPAN'S EMPIRE BUILDING IN KOREA, MANCHURIA AND THE PACIFIC BUILT THE IMPERIAL ARMY.

THE FIRST FRONT LINE TROOPS AND OFFICERS WOULD BE TRAINED IN CHINA KOREA AND MANCHURIA.

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The Rise Of Japan
1905 - 1945

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Imperial Army Imperial Seal Seal & Flag  Imperial Flag

Manchuria , along with other borderlands of the Chinese Empire such as Mongolia and Tibet, came under the influence of colonial powers such as Britain which nibbled at Tibet, France at Hainan and Germany at Shandong. Meanwhile the Russia encroached upon Turkestan and Outer Mongolia, having annexed Outer Manchuria. Inner Manchuria also came under strong Russian influence with the building of the Chinese Eastern Railway through Harbin to Vladivostok.

Due to the Russo-Japanese War in 1904–1905, in which Japan surprised the world powers by decisively defeating Russia on the ground as well as out at sea,virtually annihilating the Russian Far East Fleet and the The Russian Second Pacific Squadron (The     Russian Baltic Fleet Renamed) ,  Japan replaced Russian influence in the southern half of Inner Manchuria.

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Great Empire of Manchuria

With the erosion of Qing China influences in the 19th century, Korea began to show greater independence, partly to avoid western domination, but also to avoid Japanese control, while Japan was rapidly modernizing in the second half of the 19th century and showing a keen interest in Korea.

By the 1880s there were pro-Japanese and pro-Qing factions influencing decisions by the Korean court. With the defeat of Qing forces inside Korea in 1895 and the murder of Empress Myeongseong by Japanese agents, and the subsequent defeat of Imperial Russia by Japan in 1905, Korea came firmly under the control of Japan and would be occupied by Japan for 35 years.

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Japanese General Kuroki and his staff, including
foreign officers and war correspondents 1904

AFTER THE  Russo-Japanese War the European powers and the United States recognized Japan as a colonial power and a  valuable ally during World War I., In Japan, this led to the rise of ultra-right wing and nationalist leaders, such as Fumimaro Konoe and Sadao Araki, who advocated uniting Asia under the rule of the emperor. Known as hakk˘ ichiu, this philosophy gained ground during the 1920s and 1930s as Japan needed increasingly more natural resources to support its industrial growth.

Japan entered World War I in 1914, seizing the opportunity of Germany's distraction with the European War to expand its sphere of influence in China and the Pacific. Japan declared war on Germany on August 23, 1914. Japanese and allied British Empire forces soon moved to occupy Tsingtao fortress, the German East Asia Squadron base, German-leased territories in China's Shandong Province as well as the Marianas, Caroline, and Marshall Islands in the Pacific, which were part of German New Guinea. The Siege of Tsingtao and a swift invasion in the German territory of Jiaozhou (Kiautschou), proved successful and the colonial troops surrendered on November 7, 1914. Japan then gained the German holdings.

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Terauchi Masatake
Prime Minister of Japan
1916-1918

In July 1918, President Wilson asked the Japanese government to supply 7000 troops as part of an international coalition of 25,000 troops planned to support the American Expeditionary Force Siberia. (the western powers acting against the Russian Revolution) Prime Minister Terauchi Masatake agreed to send 12,000 troops, but under the Japanese command rather than as part of an international coalition

To keep the economy growing, an emphasis was placed on arms and weapons production with much of the raw materials coming from the United States. Rather than continue this dependence on foreign materials, the Japanese decided to seek out resource-rich colonies to supplement their existing possessions in Korea and Formosa.

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Manchuria was (and still is) an important region for its rich mineral and coal reserves, and its soil is perfect for soy and barley production. For pre-World War II Japan, Manchuria was an essential source of raw materials. Without occupying Manchuria, the Japanese probably could not have carried out their plan for conquest over Southeast Asia or taken the risk to attack Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941

Around the time of World War I, Zhang Zuolin established himself as a powerful warlord with influence over most of Manchuria. He was inclined to keep his Manchu army under his control and to keep Manchuria free of foreign influence. The Japanese tried to kill him in 1916 by throwing a bomb under his carriage, but failed. The Japanese finally succeeded on June 2, 1928, when a planted bomb exploded under his seven-carriage train a few miles from Mukden station.

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Manchuria was (and still is) an important region for its rich mineral and coal reserves, and its soil is perfect for soy and barley production. For pre-World War II Japan, Manchuria was an essential source of raw materials. Without occupying Manchuria, the Japanese probably could not have carried out their plan for conquest over Southeast Asia or taken the risk to attack Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941

Around the time of World War I, Zhang Zuolin established himself as a powerful warlord with influence over most of Manchuria. He was inclined to keep his Manchu army under his control and to keep Manchuria free of foreign influence. The Japanese tried to kill him in 1916 by throwing a bomb under his carriage, but failed. The Japanese finally succeeded on June 2, 1928, when a planted bomb exploded under his seven-carriage train a few miles from Mukden station.

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As his brother Emperor Puyi was without a direct heir,, HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, Prince Pujie, was regarded first in line to succeed the Manchukuo throne, and the Japanese officially proclaimed him as heir apparent. He l went to Japan for studies. After graduation from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, Pujie agreed to an arranged marriage with a Japanese noblewoman. Pujie selected Lady Hiro Saga (1914-1987), who was a relative of the Japanese Imperial Family from a photograph from a number of possible candidates vetted by the Kwantung Army.   the wedding had strong political implications, and was aimed at both fortifying relations between the two nations and introducing Japanese blood into the Manchurian Imperial family.

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A Japanese propaganda poster for the Tripartite Pact:
"Good friends in three countries".
(left AdOolf HiItler, center Fumimaro Konoe, right Benito Mussolini)

On September 22, 1940, taking advantage of France's defeat that summer, Japanese troops occupied French Indochina. Five days later, the Japanese signed the Tripartite Pact effectively forming an alliance with Germany and Italy

At the time of the collapse of Manchukuo during the Soviet invasion of Manchuria of August 1945, Pujie initially attempted to escape to exile in Japan with his brother. However, as it became apparent that no escape was possible, he opted to return to Hsinking in an unsuccessful attempt to surrender the city to Kuomingtang forces of the Republic of China, rather than have the city fall into Russian hands. Pujie was arrested by the Soviet Red Army, and was sent to prison camps in Chita and Khabarovsk in Siberia with his brother and other relatives. With the Sino-Soviet rapprochement after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, Pujie was extradited to China in 1950.Under the People's Republic of China On his return to China, Pujie was incarcerated in the Fushun War Criminals Management Centre. A model prisoner, he became a symbol of leniency by the communist regime, joined the Communist Party of China, and later served in a number of important posts.In 1978, Pujie became a deputy from Shanghai at the 5th National People's Congress. He subsequently served as deputy from Liaoning, Politburo Standing Committee Member, and Vice Chairman of the Nationalities Committee of the 6th National People's Congress in 1983. He was appointed Deputy Head of the China-Japan Friendship Group from 1985. He rose to a seat on the Presidium of the 7th National People's Congress in 1988. From 1986, Pujie was also Honorary Director for the Handicapped Welfare Fund.

 

 

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SEIKOSHA NATION


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THE ABOVE ARE SOME HATTORI - SEIKOSHA WATCHES
RESTORED BY GSW SEIKO

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THIS WONDERFUL
SEIKOSHA
SKS
NATION MILITARY TIME PIECE
24 HOUR MILITARY TIME
RADIUM DIAL & HANDS


RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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WITH
RAISED GOLD

NATION
&
NUMBERS & MARKERS

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OUTLINED WITH A RAISED & OUTLINED

"12 LINED NAVY WAVE CHAPTER"

&

RED
24 HOUR
MILITARY TIME

 

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WITH
THREE PEICE

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HEAVY DUTY
STAINLESS STEEL
WATCH CASE

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AND
ILLUMINATED
RADIUM MARKER DOTS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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THE
STAINLESS STEEL
CASE
HAS A
MULTI RAY SUN
CASE BACK

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ORGINAL CROWN IN PERFECT CONDITION

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ATTACHED
IS A
GREAT BRITAIN
SIGNED
WWII BONKLIP
STAINLESS STEEL WATCH BRACELET

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THE
WWII BONKLIP
ALLOWS EASY WEARING
ON PLAIN WRIST

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OR
OVER A JACKET OR COAT


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THE BRITISH MILITARY ACTUALLY ISSUED A VARIETY OF
HELVETIA MIMO WITTNAUER  OLMA GLYCINE PHENIX
AVIA CYMA HELIOS MOERIS AND OTHER KNOWN BRANDS
WITH BONKLIPS ATTACHED AS STANDARD ISSUE

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LOCKING MECHANISM

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HERE WE SEE
"MADE I GREAT BRITAIN"

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SEIKOSHA SKS NATION DIAL
IS ORIGINAL
AND
CLEANED UP NICELY

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SEIKOSHA
RARE
SKS
15 JEWEL
MILITARY MOVEMENT


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ITEM TWO
1939-1945
SEIKOSHA
SKS
MILITARY TIMER
WITH
OUTER CASE
AND
LEATHER WRIST/POCKET FOB

TIMER
45
mm
DIAMETER
X
59
mm
BOTTOM TO TOP OF CROWN

OUTER CASE
50
mm
DIAMETER
X
64
mm
BOTTOM TO TOP OF CROWN

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NOTE THIS TIMER DOES NOT HAVE
AND NEVER HAS HAD A BALE

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THE OUTER CASE IS FRENCH MADE
THEY BECAME POPULAR
DURING AND AFTER WWI

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YOU CAN LIFT THIS TIMER OUT
OR
RUN THE TIMER
WITH
CASE OPEN OR CLOSED

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THE TIMER IS OUT OF CASE RUNNING

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OPERATES PERFECTLY

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NOTE THE
YELLOW AND BLACK
LEATHER
STRAP

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IT HAS A BRASS ROLLER BUCKLE

WE HAVE ANOTHER OFFER UP
FOR A WWII HELVETIA THATHAS A
WWII STRAP
WITH SAME STYLE BUCKLE

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NOTE THE STRAP
WORKS LIKE ANY POCKET WATCH POCKET  FOB

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OR
YOU CAM WEAR ON YOUR WRIST

HERE ROCK TRIES IT ON HIS WRIST
PRETTY COOL
HE LIKE USING HE LEATHER STRAP
BUCKELED TO HIS BELT

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YOU CAN HOLD IT IN YOUR HAND

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NOTE THE FRENCH SIGNATURE

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CLOSE UP

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THE CRYSTAL IS AS OLD AS THE CASE
IT IS CELLULOID
ROCK USES ALCOHOL TO RESTORE THEM

DO NOT DO THIS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHATS UP
CASE IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFUL  IT WILL MELT

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THE STAINING ON THE OUTER CASE
IS WHERE THE NICKEL HAS WORN DOWN
IN THIS CASE --NO PUN INTENDED-
RE-PLATING WOULD DESTROY THE VALUE

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NOTE KANJI ON THE TIMER OUTER
HINGED CASE BACK

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FINISHED
SKS
"S"
MILITARY
INNER HINGED CASE BACK
SIGNED
SKS
FINE
NICKEL
S63866

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MOVEMENT IS ADJUSTED
HAS SWISS BARS
SIGNED
SEIKOSHA

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BOX

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME

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