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THIS IS A COLLECTORS WRIST WATCH, THOUGH IT OPERATES AS IT SHOULD AND IS IN EXCELLENT TO FINE CONDITION, AND CAN BE USED AS A WEAR WATCH, THIS SEIKOSHA SHOULD NOT BE AN EVERYDAY WEAR WATCH. SIMPLY PUT, IT IS EXTREMELY RARE AND PARTS ARE DIFFICULT TO FIND.
THE STRAP THAT IS A MAJOR PART OF THIS OFFER IS IN EXCELLENT OVERALL CONDITION BUT SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS IF IT IS MODERN. IT IS EXTREMELY RARE. THAT IS WHY IT WILL COME IN A DISPLAY CASE THAT OPENS TO REMOVE WATCH. THIS MWB CAN BE WALL MOUNTED OR DESK/SHELF/STAND DISPLAYED.
THE LONG HISTORY BEFORE AND AFTER THE OFFER PICS AND INFO WILL BE PART OF YOUR FREE APPRAISAL. IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT SHOULD ASSIST YOU IF YOU EVER DESIRE TO EARN A PROFIT FROM THIS INVESTMENT.
YOUR APPRAISAL WILL BE STORED ON A DEDICATED SERVER. YOU MAY PRINT, DOWNLOAD OR EMAIL YOUR APPRAISAL ANYTIME 24/7 WHEN IT IS PLACED ONLINE. AVERAGE TIME IS 10-15 DAYS AFTER WE SHIP YOUR WATCH/BOX/JEWELRY. IT IS AN IMPORTANT EXTRA THAT WILL ASSIST YOU IN INSURING YOUR INVESTMENT AND IN THE EVENT YOU EVER WANT T0 SELL YOUR INVESTMENT
* Almost every Japanese military timepiece seen to date has carried the mark of watch manufacturer ‘Seikosha’ or ‘K. Hattori’, the forerunners of the modern day Seiko Co. Ltd. Ginza Tokyo, Japan.
THE 1917 ADVERTISEMENT DEMONSTRATES THE GENIUS OF THE JAPANESE MIND. FOR THE JAPANESE WOULD, AND ***CONTINUE TOO, PRODUCE SOME OF THE MOST AMAZING WATCHES AND WATCH MOVEMENTS. THEY IMPROVED UPON THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE WEST. THE DEFEAT OF RUSSIA ASTOUNDED THE WORLD.
* THERE ARE A FEW BRANDS SUCH AS WALTHAM THAT WERE UTILIZED FROM WW1 TO WWII. THEY WE RE PERSONAL WATCHES IMPORTED AFTER 1917 SEE THE VINTAGE ADD BELOW
*** POST WWII HI-BEAT – 1969 QUARTZ – 2007 SPRING DRIVE
SEIKO MILITARY WATCH ONE OF FIRST BRANDED “SEIKO”.
FROM 1874 TO 1917, JAPAN HAD SHED HER ANCIENT OUT-DATED WAYS AND MOVED WITH UNEXPECTED FORCE INTO THE MODERN WORLD. JAPAN HAD BECOME A BUILDER OF HER OWN ARMAMENTS, SHIPS, PLANES AND HAD EVEN IMPROVED UPON THE ADVANCEMENTS OF THE MODERNIZED WORLD. IN FACT, AFTER THE 1904-05 ANNIHILATION OF TWO VAUNTED AND POWERFUL RUSSIAN FLEETS, SHE HAD BECOME A WELCOME TREATY PARTNER OF THE USA, BRITAIN AND THE WORLD AT LARGE. BY 1917, DAINI SEIKOSHA WAS SEEKING WESTERN TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THEIR CAPABILITIES TO PRODUCE MODERN WATCHES. THEY INVITED SWISS AND AMERICAN WATCH COMPANIES TO JAPAN. THEY DID WHAT THE JAPANESE DO BEST. UNDER THE BANNER OF POSSIBLE EXPORTS, THESE COMPANIES WOULD, IN FACT, TEACH THE JAPANESE WOW TO MAKE WATCHES THAT, BY THE 1950’S, WOULD COMPETE TOE TO TOE, WITH THE ENTIRE GLOBAL WATCH COMMUNITY.
IN 1917, JAPAN HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE MOST ADVANCED COMPANIES IN SWITZERLAND AND THE UNITED STATES. THE ABOVE ADD IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THIS OFFER AND ITS HISTORY. MANY SEIKOSHA MILITARY WATCHES CONTAINED WALTHAM MOVEMENTS! IN ADDITION, SWISS TECHNOLOGY AND FINISHING TECHNIQUES CAN BE FOUND IN THE LIMITED ANTIQUE VINTAGE JAPANESE TIME PIECES AVAILABLE TODAY, SUCH AS THIS SEIKOSHA SEIKO TIME PIECE WITH SEIKOSHA MOVEMENT THAT HAS ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A SWISS OR AMERICAN TIME PIECE OF THE DAY.\
WE BEGIN WITH YOUR SEIKOSHA MILITARY POCKET WATCH
JAPANESE IMPERIAL PERIOD
[1938 – 1945]
WHITE PORCELAIN DIAL
OUTER BUTLER STYLE
THIS SEIKOSHA MILITARY
RED MILITARY 24 HOUR TIME
BLACK STEEL MOON HANDS
BLACK SUB-SECONDS REGISTER
BLACK STEEL SECONDS HAND
AND WHEN YOU SEE THE STRAP
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND
THE RARITY OF THE COMBINATION
WHEN YOU READ
THE HISTORY AT BOTTOM
YOU WILL KNOW
SWISS & AMERICAN
CASE BACK HAS WEAR
WE COULD POLISH OUT
THESE RARE JAPANESE
AS CLOSE TO ORIGINAL
NOW FOR THE STRAP
THE FOLLOWING PICTURES SHOW
A RARE AWESOME RESTORED
JAPANESE MILITARY WATCH STRAP
ONE OF THE
EXPENSIVE AND RAREST
JAPANESE EMPIRE PERIOD
[*1905 – 1945]
A SEIKOSHA POCKET WATCH
[*THE YEARS FROM DEFEAT OF RUSSIA TO THE END OF WWII]
NOTE THESE ARE GSW/GSWW/MWB ARCHIVAL PHOTOS
ORIGINAL JAPANESE STRAPS HAVE HIGH INVESTMENT VALUE
THIS IS NOT CHINESE REPLICAS OR “NOS”
THIS STRAP WAS WORN DURING
THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL MILITARY PERIOD
NOTE THESE ARE GSW/GSWW/MWB ARCHIVAL PHOTOS
ROCK USES WATER, OILS, WAXES AND DYES
WITH HEAT FROM VARIOUS
WOOL AND COTTON BUFFING WHEELS
EMBED IN AND REFINISH
NOTE THESE ARE GSW/GSWW/MWB ARCHIVAL PHOTOS
THE STRAPS BECOME AWESOME
USUALLY FEELING & WEARING
THEY LOOK AWESOME
NOTE THESE ARE GSW/GSWW/MWB ARCHIVAL PHOTOS
THIS IS PART OF THE REASON HIS HANDS LOOK TERRIBLE
THE BUFFING AND FINISHING EMBEDS INTO HIS SKIN…
THIS WWII/IMPERIAL JAPANESE
WAS BROUGHT BACK
FROM THE NEAR DEAD
MOST STITCHING WAS RESCUED
THIS SEIKOSHA FITS PERFECTLY
YOU HAVE NO IDEA
HOW HARD IT WOULD
BE TO FIND A TIME PIECE
THAT FITS THIS AWESOME STRAP
THERE IS A DOUBLE TONGUE
THE NORMAL END
THE PULL DOWN END
HERE IS THE COVER PULL DOWN
IT PULLS THE CAP OVER THE WATCH
OVER THE GENUINE WORKING
THROUGH TWO KEEPERS
THEN THE NORMAL TONGUE
FITS ITO THE BUCKLE
WAS NOT A TOY
HERE WE SEE HOW THE COVER
HAS AN OPENING
TO SET AND WIND
WITHOUT EVER REMOVING
YOU CAN SEE HOW AWESOME
THIS SEIKOSHA IS
MILITARY WATCH BOX
THE LIGHT IS WAY OFF
MAKES FELT GREEN LOOK BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!
THE BOX HOUSES THE WATCH
SO YOU MAY DISPLAY
THIS RARE SEIKOSHA
IT OPENS AT BOTTOM
AND LIFTS UP
WITH TWO NICE BRASS
HINGES ON TOP
YOU MAY MOUNT THE BOX
ON A WALL
STAND ON A DESK OR SHELF
WE UTILISED SOFT RUBBER
FLAT BUNGEE CORD
IT IS SUPER EASY TO REMOVE
THERE IS ROOM FOR JAPANESE MEMORABILIA
DEPENDING ON PRICE POINT
WE MAY ADD SOME “STUFF”
CONDITION OF WATCH
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
CONDITION OF STRAP
GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION
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C) FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY
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The Rise Of Japan
1905 – 1945
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Manchuria , along with other borderlands of the Chinese Empire such as Mongolia and Tibet, came under the influence of colonial powers such as Britain which nibbled at Tibet, France at Hainan and Germany at Shandong. Meanwhile the Russia encroached upon Turkestan and Outer Mongolia, having annexed Outer Manchuria. Inner Manchuria also came under strong Russian influence with the building of the Chinese Eastern Railway through Harbin to Vladivostok.
Due to the Russo-Japanese War in 1904–1905, in which Japan surprised the world powers by decisively defeating Russia on the ground as well as out at sea,virtually annihilating the Russian Far East Fleet and the The Russian Second Pacific Squadron (The Russian Baltic Fleet Renamed) , Japan replaced Russian influence in the southern half of Inner Manchuria.
Great Empire of Manchuria
With the erosion of Qing China influences in the 19th century, Korea began to show greater independence, partly to avoid western domination, but also to avoid Japanese control, while Japan was rapidly modernizing in the second half of the 19th century and showing a keen interest in Korea.
By the 1880s there were pro-Japanese and pro-Qing factions influencing decisions by the Korean court. With the defeat of Qing forces inside Korea in 1895 and the murder of Empress Myeongseong by Japanese agents, and the subsequent defeat of Imperial Russia by Japan in 1905, Korea came firmly under the control of Japan and would be occupied by Japan for 35 years.
Japanese General Kuroki and his staff, including
foreign officers and war correspondents 1904
AFTER THE Russo-Japanese War the European powers and the United States recognized Japan as a colonial power and a valuable ally during World War I., In Japan, this led to the rise of ultra-right wing and nationalist leaders, such as Fumimaro Konoe and Sadao Araki, who advocated uniting Asia under the rule of the emperor. Known as hakkô ichiu, this philosophy gained ground during the 1920s and 1930s as Japan needed increasingly more natural resources to support its industrial growth.
Japan entered World War I in 1914, seizing the opportunity of Germany’s distraction with the European War to expand its sphere of influence in China and the Pacific. Japan declared war on Germany on August 23, 1914. Japanese and allied British Empire forces soon moved to occupy Tsingtao fortress, the German East Asia Squadron base, German-leased territories in China’s Shandong Province as well as the Marianas, Caroline, and Marshall Islands in the Pacific, which were part of German New Guinea. The Siege of Tsingtao and a swift invasion in the German territory of Jiaozhou (Kiautschou), proved successful and the colonial troops surrendered on November 7, 1914. Japan then gained the German holdings.
Prime Minister of Japan
In July 1918, President Wilson asked the Japanese government to supply 7000 troops as part of an international coalition of 25,000 troops planned to support the American Expeditionary Force Siberia. (the western powers acting against the Russian Revolution) Prime Minister Terauchi Masatake agreed to send 12,000 troops, but under the Japanese command rather than as part of an international coalition
To keep the economy growing, an emphasis was placed on arms and weapons production with much of the raw materials coming from the United States. Rather than continue this dependence on foreign materials, the Japanese decided to seek out resource-rich colonies to supplement their existing possessions in Korea and Formosa.
Manchuria was (and still is) an important region for its rich mineral and coal reserves, and its soil is perfect for soy and barley production. For pre-World War II Japan, Manchuria was an essential source of raw materials. Without occupying Manchuria, the Japanese probably could not have carried out their plan for conquest over Southeast Asia or taken the risk to attack Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941
Around the time of World War I, Zhang Zuolin established himself as a powerful warlord with influence over most of Manchuria. He was inclined to keep his Manchu army under his control and to keep Manchuria free of foreign influence. The Japanese tried to kill him in 1916 by throwing a bomb under his carriage, but failed. The Japanese finally succeeded on June 2, 1928, when a planted bomb exploded under his seven-carriage train a few miles from Mukden station.
On September 18, 1931, the Japanese staged an incident along the Japanese-owned South Manchuria Railway near Mukden (Shenyang). After blowing up a section of track, the Japanese blamed the “attack” on the local Chinese garrison. Using the “Mukden Bridge Incident” as a pretext, Japanese troops flooded into Manchuria.
On October 24, the League of Nations passed a resolution demanding the withdrawal of Japanese troops by November 16. This resolution was rejected by Tokyo and Japanese troops continued operations to secure Manchuria.
the Japanese created the puppet state of Manchukuo with the last Chinese emperor, Puyi, as its leader. Like the United States, the League of Nations refused to recognize the new state, prompting Japan to leave the organization in 1933.
On November 25, 1936, Japan joined with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy in signing the Anti-Comintern Pact which was directed against global communism.
the military, Konoe permitted troop strength in China to grow and by the end of the year Japanese forces had occupied Shanghai, Nanking, and southern Shanxi province. After seizing the capital of Nanking, the Japanese brutally sacked the city in late 1937 and early 1938.
The last Manchu emperor, Puyi, was then placed on the throne to lead a Japanese puppet government in the Wei Huang Gong, better known as “Puppet Emperor’s Palace”. Inner Manchuria was thus detached from China by Japan to create a buffer zone to defend Japan from Russia’s Southing Strategy and, with Japanese investment and rich natural resources, became an industrial domination.
As his brother Emperor Puyi was without a direct heir,, HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, Prince Pujie, was regarded first in line to succeed the Manchukuo throne, and the Japanese officially proclaimed him as heir apparent. He l went to Japan for studies. After graduation from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, Pujie agreed to an arranged marriage with a Japanese noblewoman. Pujie selected Lady Hiro Saga (1914-1987), who was a relative of the Japanese Imperial Family from a photograph from a number of possible candidates vetted by the Kwantung Army. the wedding had strong political implications, and was aimed at both fortifying relations between the two nations and introducing Japanese blood into the Manchurian Imperial family.
A Japanese propaganda poster for the Tripartite Pact:
“Good friends in three countries”.
(left AdOolf HiItler, center Fumimaro Konoe, right Benito Mussolini)
On September 22, 1940, taking advantage of France’s defeat that summer, Japanese troops occupied French Indochina. Five days later, the Japanese signed the Tripartiate Pact effectively forming an alliance with Germany and Italy
At the time of the collapse of Manchukuo during the Soviet invasion of Manchuria of August 1945, Pujie initially attempted to escape to exile in Japan with his brother. However, as it became apparent that no escape was possible, he opted to return to Hsinking in an unsuccessful attempt to surrender the city to Kuomingtang forces of the Republic of China, rather than have the city fall into Russian hands. Pujie was arrested by the Soviet Red Army, and was sent to prison camps in Chita and Khabarovsk in Siberia with his brother and other relatives. With the Sino-Soviet rapprochement after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, Pujie was extradited to China in 1950.Under the People’s Republic of China On his return to China, Pujie was incarcerated in the Fushun War Criminals Management Centre. A model prisoner, he became a symbol of leniency by the communist regime, joined the Communist Party of China, and later served in a number of important posts.In 1978, Pujie became a deputy from Shanghai at the 5th National People’s Congress. He subsequently served as deputy from Liaoning, Politburo Standing Committee Member, and Vice Chairman of the Nationalities Committee of the 6th National People’s Congress in 1983. He was appointed Deputy Head of the China-Japan Friendship Group from 1985. He rose to a seat on the Presidium of the 7th National People’s Congress in 1988. From 1986, Pujie was also Honorary Director for the Handicapped Welfare Fund.
AFTER THE HUMILIATING 1905 DEFEAT OF THE RUSSIANS BY THE JAPANESE, JAPAN WAS MORE OR LESS AWARDED KOREA AND MANCHURIA BY THE WORLD POWERS. IN FACT, RUSSIAN COLONIAL EXPANSION INTO KOREA AND MANCHURIA WERE A DIRECT CAUSE OF THE JAPANESE-RUSSIA WAR AS OUTLINED ABOVE.
AFTER THE JAPANESE VICTORY, THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE U.S., WERE AMAZED AND ASTOUNDED AND THE U.S. WOULD FORM AN ALLIANCE OF SORTS WITH JAPAN AND WOULD BE ONE OF JAPAN’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNERS.
BY 1933, JAPAN BEGAN TO SEE HERSELF ON EQUAL GROUND TO THE WORLD POWERS. NATIONALISM AND MILITARISM WERE AT THE FRONT OF HER AGENDA. JAPAN BEGAN FLEXING HER NAVAL POWER AND EXPANDING IN A WAY THAT THREATENED THE U.S. AND HER EUROPEAN ALLIES.
IN 1936 JAPAN THEN PULLED OUT OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS AND RENOUNCED THE WASHINGTON AND LONDON NAVEL TREATIES IN ORDER TO SECRETLY DEVELOP A NEW CLASS OF BATTLE SHIP CALLED THE YAMATO CLASS; A CLASS OF BATTLESHIP THAT WAS THE LARGEST AND MOST FORTIFIED AND GUNNED IN HISTORY.
ON 15 JANUARY 1936, JAPAN WITHDREW FROM THE LONDON NAVEL CONFERENCE WHERE TALKS WERE TO PROCEED ON ARM REDUCTION–PRIMARILY ON BATTLESHIPS.
IN 1936, A WORLD WIDE ARMS RACE HAD BEGUN WITH BATTLE SHIPS BEING THE PRIMARY WEAPON OF CHOICE. FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, ENGLAND AND THE US IMMEDIATELY BEGAN PLANS FOR LARGER MORE POWERFUL BATTLESHIPS..
BY 1937, JAPAN WAS CONDUCTING AN UNDECLARED WAR IN CHINA.
THE SEA WOULD BECOME THE BATTLE GROUND FOR JAPAN AND ITS ISLANDS JAPAN’S BASES. THUS THE BATTLE SHIP WAS THE MOST PROMINENT WEAPON OF JAPAN.
IT WAS THE WAR WITH CHINA AND JAPAN’S EMPIRE BUILDING IN KOREA, MANCHURIA AND OTHER PLACES THAT BUILT THE IMPERIAL ARMY. MOST OF THE FIRST FRONT LINE TROOPS, AND OFFICERS IN THE AIR, ONE THE GROUND AND ABOARD SHIPS DURING WWII WERE THOSE THAT SERVED IN KOREA AND CHINA.
THE FOLLOWING PICTURES REPRESENT SEIKOSHA’ ACCUMULATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE; A LINE OF STANDARD & MILITARY WATCHES (THERE WERE MILITARY ACTIONS IN KOREA, CHINA, MANCHURIA AND OTHER PLACES 24/7) WITH UNIQUE NAMES SUCH AS “NATION” [ SIGNIFYING THE JAPANESE NATION] SEIKO [WAS NOT A BRAND YET], DELIKATA AND OTHERS. THESE WATCHES WOULD BE WORN AND CHERISHED JAPANESE SOLDIERS
THE ABOVE PICTURE IS DATED 1929-1930. YOU CAN SEE THE “SWISS BARS” FINISH ON THE MOVEMENTS -ALTERNATING LINES- YOU ALSO SEE THE WIRE LUGS AND TWO WITH PIN-LUGS.
THE SEIKOSHA WATCH >
SEIKO > NATION + DELIKATA + OTHERS….
I SPEND MOST OF MY “SPARE” TIME SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR RESTORATION,. I DO NOT COLLECT THEM, I SELL THEM– SO I CAN DO IT OVER AND OVER. SO, I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY LUCK WHEN I DISCOVERED THIS ORIGINAL SEIKOSHA SEIKO
AFTER THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR , WITH JAPAN’S STUNNING VICTORY, JAPAN WAS ON THE MOVE. HER EMPIRE ON THE BUILD -MOTIVATED BY A GROWING RIGHT WING IMPERIAL MILITARY WING – JAPAN, WITH FULL SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, RECEIVED THE RIGHT TO “COLONIZE” KOREA.
IN REALITY, THE US-BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERNMENTS SIMPLY HANDED OVER KOREA  –WHICH HAD BEEN A RUSSIAN SEMI-COLONY–AS A “REWARD” OR THE LATE “SPOILS RESULTING FROM THE WAR.
IT WAS DURING THIS TIME THAT JAPAN SOUGHT WESTERN TECHNOLOGY IN A BID TO FURTHER WHAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY FROM A BACKWARDS TECHNOLOGY NATION OF 1875, TO A NATION THAT DESTROYED TWO RUSSIAN FLEETS IN 1905.
THE ONE AND ONLY POWERFUL SEIKOSHA COMPANY TRAVELED THE GLOBE ABSORBING ALL THE INNOVATIONS IN TIME KEEPING AND SOON BECAME THE MAIN WATCH AND CLOCK DRIVING AND PRODUCING FORCE IN JAPAN.
THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS THE MILITARY VERSION OF THE SEIKOSHA SEIKO NATION WITH RED 24 HR MIL TIME. THIS MODEL HAS A CHROMED CASE AND PIN/SPRING BAR LUGS. YOU WILL ALSO NOTE THAT SEIKO IS REPRESENTED AS THE BRAND WITH NATION IN SMALLER PRINT BELOW ON THE RIGHT. SEIKO WAS JUST BECOMING A BRAND OF SEIKOSHA, IT WAS A SHORTER NAME FOR SEIKOSHA