1963. The year of the introduction of the first Sportsmatic 5. Sportsmatic 5 set a new standard in accessibly priced mechanical watches with its innovative combination of an automatic movement, 3 bar water resistance and a one-level day and date display in a single window. Its uniqueness was evident also in the case design, with the crown hidden behind the 4 o’clock position.
Rugged, dependable and unique, Seiko Sportsmatic 5 instantly made its mark, and began a tradition that is now half a century old, and is still growing.
In 1968, a second series ‘5 Sports’ was introduced to bring the advantages of Sportsmatic 5 to those who demanded the very best. The water resistance was upgraded to 7 Bar, a scratch rsistant glass, Hardlex, was chosen and a rotating bezel for elapsed time was added. A legend was in the making.
In 1969, ‘5 Sports’ Speedtimer was introduced.
It was the world’s first automatic chronograph.