Seiko Serial Numbers Complete Guide and Date

Seiko Serial Numbers Complete Guide and Date

What is the serial number on a Seiko? Where is the serial number on a Seiko, and how can you use it to date your watch? These are common questions that we get from our readers.

To help you identify the year of your Seiko, and to understand when it was made, we have compiled a complete Guide to Seiko watch serial numbers. Dig in!

Background to Seiko serial numbers

The vast majority of timepieces feature a serial number. This is especially true for luxury watches and mechanical watches that are made not only as a means of telling the time but also to appreciate.

With that said, all Seiko watches are equipped with serial numbers.

The serial number has a number of different purposes. Most important, it helps the manufacturer keep track of each and every single watch they produce. But at the same time, the recorded databases of the serial numbers are rarely shared with the public but are used and kept by the company alone. This also includes Seiko.

Seiko watches are equipped with several different numbers.

Seiko case back number

The numbers on a Seiko can be found on the case back. There, you will find a number that actually refers to two different numbers – the case code and the caliber (movement).

The number on the Seiko case back consists of one number, a hyphen, and then an additional number. Both of these consist of four digits. These do not make up the serial number.

The serial number contains six digits and can also be found on the case back. Each Seiko watch has a serial number that is unique to that exact watch.

Furthermore, the case back of a Seiko watch reveals a bunch of different information. This includes the date of manufacturing, the movement type, case material, the maker, how to open the caseback, and more. In some cases, part of, or all, this information, is indicated on the inside of the case back, which means you need to open it in order to access it.

Note: This article is for informational purposes only. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct, but typos or mistakes may exist.

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How to date your Seiko watch with the serial number

The good thing is that you can use the serial number of your Seiko to date it in order to know when it was produced.

The format for dating it via the serial number is as follows:

The first digit in the number will indicate the last digit of the year the watch was manufactured. The second digit indicates the month, and the last 4 digits are the production number, which is unique to the watch.

Seiko started with the six-digit serial numbers in 1966, which means you will not be able to use the below methods to date your watch. Prior to this, Seiko used seven digits. Note that during this time, there was a transition period where both systems were used.

This means that when the first digit indicates:

  • 1: The year of manufacture ends with 1
  • 2: The year of manufacture ends with 2
  • 3: The year of manufacture ends with 3
  • 4: The year of manufacture ends with 4
  • 5: The year of manufacture ends with 5
  • 6: The year of manufacture ends with 6
  • 7: The year of manufacture ends with 7
  • 8: The year of manufacture ends with 8
  • 9: The year of manufacture ends with 9

Worth noting is that the month (second digit) is indicated as 1-9 for January to September. 0 is October, N is November, and D is December. As seen below:

  • 1: January
  • 2: February
  • 3: March
  • 4: April
  • 5: May
  • 6: June
  • 7: July
  • 8: August
  • 9: September
  • 0: October
  • N: November
  • D: December

With that said, this information does not tell us the decade in which the watch was manufactured. This is a bit trickier but possible. In order to know when your watch was made, you need to know in which period the watch was released. The way you can do this is to research the model but also the caliber number. This is helpful as most Seiko calibers (movements) are not in production for more than a decade. Those often have small visual differences that allow you to know if it is an early movement or a late movement.

It also helps to research the model itself to know when it was released and when it was discontinued.

The last four digits of the Seiko serial number tend to be a bit more tricky to read. Generally, the last four digits indicate the production number of the watch. For example, 5000 indicates that it is the 5000th watch from that model. There are exceptions to this rule, however.

Lastly, there are also helpful Seiko serial number decoders online that you can use. To decode your Seiko with these tools, you need to do is enter your serial number and movement number.

How to find the year of your Seiko watch

108 thoughts on “Seiko Serial Numbers Complete Guide and Date

  1. I have a Seiko quartz SQ #797090 stamped on back. Around the edge the numbers are 5y23-8A60. Then an engraved box with A4 stamped inside of it. How can I find information on when it was produced. Also if I could get extra links for it. On the linkage where it connects to watch is stamped I-10015.

  2. I bought my SEIKO Quartz Sports 100 years ago it happened to be on sale at a drug store, I was on duty as a police officer. The case number 8123-6020, and the serial number 269802. I can’t remember the year whether
    it was 1972 or 1982. I’m thinking 1982 but that is just my best guess. What I need to know what battery is used to replace it I had given it to my one son but he passed away last apirl and he still had the watch but no battery.

    My email address is

    1. Hi,
      Our best advice is to open the watch and then you will be able to see which battery it uses. If you don’t have the proper tools to open the back, it is best to visit a watchmaker and they will be able to assist with this.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  3. seiko watch 335718 what does it mean?

    1. Hallo, ich habe verschiedene Seiko-Uhren gefunden, die alle die gleiche Nummer haben.

      Ich vermute, das es sich um ein Plagiat handelt.

      Die Uhren werden von einem Händler aus Indien angeboten bei eBay und alle tragen diese Nummer.

  4. Hello. I have a Seiko 5. Numbers on the case: 7009-3130 A2. The 6 digit number looks like : 004192. If that’s correct what age is the watch? Thank you, Terry.

  5. Hi I have a seiko 5 6119-7083 123883 do you where I can get a watch front and glass for this model thanks

    1. Hi,
      Soucing glass for these specific models can be quite tricky. Your best bet would be to contact a Seiko retailer or professional watchmaker as they may be able to source one for you.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

    2. i have sieko kinetic auto relay , model numbers360317 5j32-oard a watch repairer says it has capacitor anew battery wwill cost £50 pounds does this sound right

  6. What is the correct serial number for a Seiko watch that reads 7N43 9048 A4. 553982. Please reply when you can

  7. Morning,

    I have a brown faced Seiko 6309-7149 serial number 070753

    If the first zero is the last number of the year, is it a 1980 or a 1970?

    1. Hi,
      This watch was made in July 1980.

  8. serial num- 584229
    on dial wrritten seiko 5 actus
    can you tell me which model it is?

    1. Hi,
      Only Seiko has records of serial numbers tied to the model numbers. Our best advise would be to contact Seiko directly and they may be able to assist you.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  9. I have a seiko bought in 1972 the model no. Is 5606 6029 and the serial no is 220456can you tell me anything about this watch

    1. Hi,
      It’s difficult to give information without any further details as only Seiko has access to its own records. I would advise you to contact Seiko directly as they may be able to assist.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  10. What does the TL indicate on some older Seikos such as the one you have pictured above? Thailand manufactured?

    1. Hi,
      TL likely does indeed indicate that the case is made in Thailand.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

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