Just when we think we’ve found each TV/watch tie-in, somebody uncovers a formerly obscure association. The present #TBT is the ideal illustration of extraordinary sleuthing as we’ll be investigating the Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider from March of 1968. The present story is a somewhat Japanese one and it just so ends up highlighting one of my number one vintage Seiko’s.

We’ll clarify the extremely unfamiliar moniker given to the Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider presently, yet (spoiler alert) it references a mid 70’s Japanese tokusatsu TV show. As per , tokusatsu is a classification of surprisingly realistic film that goes weighty on embellishments and is regularly connected with science fiction, repulsiveness, or dream. Godzilla likely positions as the most mainstream illustration of the style and, in my brain, things turned out to be considerably more praiseworthy when Mothra entered the fight. For watch geeks (and Fratello perusers), Ultraman is another brilliant illustration of tokusatsu. Concerning Rider, this was a TV show that ran from 1971-1973 and it’s made a few returns since the first series.

Oh, and in the vein of Mothra versus Godzilla, there was even a film! Truth!

The reason of (“Masked Rider” in English) was quite wild. Evidently, a lot of ex-Nazi’s chosen to unite as one as a criminal association named “Stunner”. Stunner’s objective was, obviously, to assume control over the world by changing typical individuals into cyborgs who went about as their representatives of fiendishness. The saint of the arrangement, the Kamen Rider, was saved before the last change, breaks and he at that point commits his life to battling Shocker. You basically can’t make this stuff up – indeed, somebody did. According to ordinary with these insane Japanese arrangement, the vehicles and hardware are cutting edge (in a batty way) and the characters have a wide range of insane capacities. I don’t think about you, yet this sounds quite significantly better than Mannix. At any rate, the hero, played by Hiroshi Fujioka, wore what we currently know as the Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider when he wasn’t wearing his superhuman garb.

I’m not by and large sure when the Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider was first uncovered as having a connect to the TV show with a similar name, yet it feels genuinely later (a little exploration in Japanese – because of our companion Eric Skier, shows a notice in 2014). Obviously, the otaku in Japan (and somewhere else) have made this watch costly and made what was an extreme watch to discover considerably harder. I originally found out about the TV association when left a message on one of my Instagram posts (thank you!) and I chose to examine. I was promptly prompted a phenomenal post on the by part, “Seiko Hoarder”. He works effectively of giving some foundation on the arrangement, shows us the Seiko 5126-8090 on the wrist of the entertainer and afterward discusses a piece that he found and was currently reestablishing. I love finding these sorts of things – particularly when, by some coincidence, I end up claiming exactly the same reference as in the series.

Aside from the TV show association, the Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider is a truly cool watch. It’s an early illustration of a Seiko Sport Diver , a subcategory of watch from the brand that I’m on record for having in excess of a slight compulsion (see above and below).

These 70M “light” jumpers were made in numerous shapes, sizes, and tones from the last part of the 60’s until the mid 70’s. Both the Suwa (first) and Daini (second) plants concocted their own plans and delivered a portion of the company’s most expressive watches during this period. I don’t claim an illustration of each Seiko Sport Diver reference, however I’m getting damn close. This Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider was on my hit list perpetually, however as expressed, they’re hard to track down. I at last amended the circumstance in the Spring of 2017.

I was cruising a specific Japanese sale site and I checked for 5126’s the point at which I happened upon the Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider that you see here. It seemed to be in incredible condition and incorporated a period (inaccurate) Seiko arm band. After some wild offering, I wound up winning it at a fairly sensible $350 or thereabouts. The watch showed up a brief timeframe later and, for a reference that I’d unobtrusively pined over for a couple of years, it didn’t neglect to meet my expectations.

The Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider, likewise accessible with a silver dial, hops off the page because of its novel bezel embed. It’s an amazingly basic undertaking that shuns the utilization of numbers and picks thick dark printed sticks at the hours and spots for the initial 15 minutes. A roundabout pip loaded up with lume sits at 12:00. It’s a striking, utilitarian look that varies from the remainder of the Sport Diver setup and it functions admirably with the shiny minutes ring imprinted on the dark dial. The metal rectangular hands contain lume and balance well with the red range hand. That glossy metal is conveyed forward in the day/date encompass and the applied records. The composition on the dial is likewise quelled with simply a fly of blue tone for “Sports”. Obviously, we’re blessed to receive the Daini “lightning jolt” simply above 6:00. The gem on the 5126 is acrylic. Generally, the Kamen Rider seems as though a vintage watch, yet it’s not so retro looking that is comes off as dated.

I’ll reverberation that opinion with regards to the instance of the Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider. It’s a light form of a “c-case”, however it’s moderately conventional in Seiko talk and it fits the wrist perfectly. Additionally, while the first arm band was a mixed bag of ordinary connections in addition to enormous plate-like connections that Seiko frequently utilized during the time frame, I like the watch on this clam style wristband. The 19mm end joins fit consummately and it’s really comfortable to wear. At over 38mm in measurement and 43mm long, the 5126-8090 is anything but a monstrous watch, however the thick bezel, 13mm thickness, and genuine looks make it work on most wrists.

Inside the Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider we have the 5126 development. makes a pleasant showing of clarifying this type. It wasn’t made for long and had next to no to do with Seiko’s other powertrains. The connected article discloses to us that the style of development is undeniably more in the Swiss style, which is a slick goody of data. Practically, the watch ticks at 19,800bph and contains 23 gems. It can’t be hand twisted, however it includes a quickset (through pushing in the spring-stacked crown) date. The day isn’t quickset. From understanding reports, the 5126 is known as a dependable type with incredible timekeeping capacities. Its defeat is the date change component, which is plastic and is known for breakage. Since the 5126’s weren’t made for long, finding a benefactor is somewhat trickier than for different models, for example, the 6106 or 6119.

The Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider is an extreme watch to discover. I don’t know whether they were at any point formally sold in the USA, however most I see available to be purchased now are situated in Japan. They come up once in a while, are regularly beaten up pretty bad, or contain a few adjustments. Evaluating, for respectable models, can without much of a stretch peak $600, yet karma could very well score you a nice model for less. In spots like the USA, an old Seiko with a scratched gem can in any case fly under the radar. We’ve referenced the mechanical Achilles heel on the 5126, however with a giver close by, I wouldn’t keep away from a non-sprinter or one with date issues.

The Seiko 5126-8090 Kamen Rider is an extraordinary watch in its own right, however its bind to a notable Japanese TV-arrangement make it considerably more uncommon. From the Rolex Explorer 14270 to the Omega Speedmaster Ultraman , the Japanese sure highlighted some cool watches on the screen. The 5126 is presently one more to add to the rundown. Until sometime later…