Seiko Bell-Matic Alarm 1977

No other manufacturer, Swiss, Japanese or anyone had anything that competed with the Bell-Matic alarm watch. Seiko had this very small niche in the market completely on their own.

Unlike the chronographs that had one, two or three sub dials, the Bell-Matic was not very distinctive; the alarm indicator is on the rotating ring around the dial. The only real distinguishing feature is the extra button at 2 o’clock. This sets the alarm on when out and doubles as a quick set for the date when depressed.

Like all Seikos of the period the Bell-matic is self winding but the alarm spring is wound manually with the main crown.

The 4006 is a tough reliable movement that was produced from about 1969 until around 1977, this example would have been one of the last produced.

While in production, Bell-Matics were an elite, high-end offering (at the commercial end of the market), they where about 25% more expensive than the top end Seiko divers and about three times as much as a basic Seiko 5 automatic. Today only good examples are of interest but they are nowhere near the Seiko chronographs in popularity.



About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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