Watches for Sale:

1. URIKA ca. 1974, Automatic, Cal. 5026 BLUE -
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2. URIKA ca. 1974, Automatic, Cal. 5026 GOLD BROWN -
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3. URIKA ca. 1974, Automatic, Cal. 5026 SILVER -
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4. URIKA ca. 1974, Automatic, Cal. 5026 BROWN -
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Why I think this WATCH is interesting:
A nice Japan Made Vintage watch with an Automatic Caliber licensed from ORIENT, Japan. My Dutch watch buddy Gijs was able to remember the rather unusual bridges and sent me a picture of his Orient watch. Please see his Orient caliber by clicking here or scroll down to the Blue Dial Model. The fact that the movement features the SEIKO magic lever automatic winding, simply shows how closely SEIKO and ORIENT worked together over the past decades. The watches are most likely from 1974, assuming the numbering notation for SEIKO watches. Great and hefty case, typical funky 70ies looks. 4 Dial colors, the BLUE watch is signed "TL" maybe Thailand? The other watches are signed "JAPAN J".

Details about this Watch

Price: Is firm, my margins are very small, no additional discounts sorry. See the SPECIALS overview table for the price please.
Watchbox and Papers
: No papers, original orange URIKA box like in picture

Watch Description and Condition
: All watches are ca. 92 - 96%. O-rings have been replaced, all visible 5 jewelled pinions were oiled, the case has been degreased and cleaned, the dial and hands and indices were cleaned with Rodico. I did a soft cleaning, where a slight stain did not go, I did not rub hard, I did not wanted to mess up an original dial. There are slight stains on some of the relatively wide 70ies style indices, but hardly visible by naked eye. Also the hands and lume are in good condition.
All watches have hairlines but nothing grave except a ca. 1 mm at 8:30 on the case side of the Brown Dial watch. But the ding is not deep and barely visible. Please see the appropriate picture above that depicts this little cosmetic defect. Some hairlines might be visible if someone has a good eye and holds the watch against a light. However I doubt someone would notice the hairlines if you are wearing the watch. These are discontinued NOS Vintage Watches that spent their time in the shops. After polishing the case backs with Crystal clear, the shine again like new. Also I was successful to remove almost all hairlines on the acrylic crystal. All watches are in good working condition and ready to be worn. I had looked at the case backs very closely before opening them. It seems that the watches had not been opened after they left the factory. The case backs sat pretty tight and there were no signs that someone had tried to open them. Interestingly the Silver and Gold Brown watch do not have skirted screws that hold the dial. Those two watches have just slightly bent dial feet. Since the watches were not opened I have not really an explanation why two watches have different ways to fix the dial. Maybe from two different manufacturing locations. I have photographed all movements of all 4 watches. I have also inspected the movements, they all look untouched, the watches were not opened and no screw slots were damaged, I really believe those are New Old Stock watches that have been sleeping in Bangkok's China Town while everyone ran after a new Casio or SEIKO.

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Dimensions (mm):
Case diameter (excl.crown): 36
Crystal Height: 23
Crystal Width: 27
Lug to Lug: 42
Height: 13
Lug width: 20
Bracelet tapered 17 to15

Movement: HAMAZAWA 5026A, 17 Jewels, handwinding, not hacking (an Orient Japan clone, see below)

Weight 92 grams


This shot is taken to show that the lume is still surprisingly good for watches of this age! And also, that they are all running and in good working condition!


All case backs are almost NOS, quite surprising for watches that must have been in the shop here for a very long time


Also all the clasps are in very nice condition


A close-up to show how the URIKA signature is applied, a very nice way to write, I found that the SEIKO 5 sports used a similar dotted or hashed fonts in the 70ies too


BLUE DIAL
This is the only watch that is signed "TL" - the three following watches are signed "Japan J" (see next picture)


The "Japan J" signed Silver, Gold Brown and Brown dial URIKAs

Now follow some pictures of the individual watches:

1. The BLUE DIAL (sold!)


Definitely my favorite, this is the watch signed TL on the back, could be Thailand or could be another manufacturing location in Japan. The movement is signed Japan like in the Silver, Gold Brown and Brown dial URIKAS. So this is a little mystery and will probably remain one since URIKA as a brand is long gone. I also noticed that the blue case shows slightly different machining on its back, this might be another indication that this watch was indeed manufactured in Thailand.


All the URIKAS have these production marks inside the case back, seems to be some sort of quality control. Please note for later if you see the movement of the Gold Brown Dial, the "04" inscriptions is not the same, this one has a little dot and almost looks like "04."

HAMAZAWA 5026A, 17 Jewels, handwinding, not hacking above, the exact same movement from Orient below


My Dutch watch buddy and watch detective Gijs has solved this movement mystery: he remember the unusual bridges and sent me the above picture from an Orient watch with the identical movement!


Funky seventies looks in a great quality case for this money! For less then USD 100 I think these NOS vintage Urikas offer a great value!

2. The Gold Brown Dial (sold)


This picture shows the nice changing dial. The Gold Brown and the Blue dial have a wave-like pattern on the dial and change their colors slightly when the viewing angle is changed


Also this movement - like all the others - clean and in perfect working condition. Please also note that I oiled all visible jeweled pinions with Moebius watch oil 9010!


Can you find the little ding I was mentioning for the Gold Brown dial, you can see it in this large magnification if you follow the center of the dial perpendicularly upward until you reach the case side. It is however barely visible. But this is PMWC style, if we find a defect, we will document it!

3. The Silver Dial

4. The Brown Dial (sold!)


This dial has a very nice line pattern

The Packaging


Original URIKA Box with Gold printing!

1. URIKA ca. 1974, Automatic, Cal. 5026 BLUE -
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2. URIKA ca. 1974, Automatic, Cal. 5026 GOLD BROWN -
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3. URIKA ca. 1974, Automatic, Cal. 5026 SILVER -
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4. URIKA ca. 1974, Automatic, Cal. 5026 BROWN -
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