How to get the date from a Seiko serial number

Seiko watches use a 6 or 7 digit serial number stamped on the caseback. This serial number contains digits indicating the date. The first digit translates to the year and the second shows the month. As only 1 digit is used for the year this will only show you the last digit of the year, the decade cannot be found from the serial number, more on this later.

For the second digit numbers 1-9 cover up to September. The letters O, N and D are used to represent October, November and December.

So the serial number 456789 could be May 1974, May 1984, May 1994, May 2004 etc.. There are visual clues as to which decade the watch may be from but the easiest way is by using the movement number, if you can find the date range for the particular movement you are likely to be able to pinpoint the exact date. This is how this tool works, I have collated the manufacture dates for as many Seiko movements as I could find which this tool uses to cross reference with the date code from the serial number. As some movements were made for more than a decade you may end up with a couple of possibilities.

Seiko switched from a 7 digit serial number to a 6 digit serial number in 1968 and started switching from the wording "waterproof" to "water resist" from 1968 to 1971, both of these are automatically taken into account with my tool.

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