King Seiko 56KS Hi-Beat VWS-1818


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Here is an awesome and rare, all original King Seiko 56KS Hi-Beat from 1969 in a very large size for the era. The silver sunburst dial is in very fine condition, with steel Seiko and KS logos and wide railroad track steel bar hour markers with black contrast stripes, wider ones at the poles. There are a couple of small spots around the dial center and slight corrosion on the Seiko and KS logos. The baton hands with black contrast are in fine condition with the minute hand showing some corrosion. The steel framed window at 3 o’clock displays the quick-set date and weekdays in English and Kanji. Saturday and Sunday is in blue and red color while the rest of the week is in black. The quick-set function should only be used with the hands at the bottom half of the dial.

The stainless steel bezel is in very fine condition with light overall wear such as at 2 and 9 o’clock. The very large, square-ish stainless steel case with the original KS crown and embedded lugs is in fine condition with some overall wear, most notable a nick at around 9 o’clock. The stainless steel case back has a well preserved gold KS medallion and is in very fine condition.

The watch comes on an original King Seiko steel bracelet in very fine condition. It is big enough for large wrists.

Inside the watch, Seiko’s high grade 5626A movement beats strongly and accurately to within about +-8 seconds per day. The watch was fully serviced in August 2022 and comes with a 12 month warranty on its proper mechanical functioning.

The KS and its “big brother” the Grand Seiko were made to show the world the prowess of Japanese watchmaking. They remain some of the most iconic and collectible vintage watches with an outstanding design and engineering quality. This very cool 56KS Hi-Beat is a fine example of that and it is a great conversation starter.


Our watches are delivered in a luxury wooden watch box, fully serviced with a 12 month warranty that covers the mechanical functioning of the watch under normal use. We offer 14 days full return rights and are very proud of our reputation for outstanding customer satisfaction.

NB! Note that the buyer is responsible for any import fees their country may impose on a purchase from abroad. Ask us if you have any questions.


Basic info

Brand    Seiko
Model    King Seiko
Reference number  5625-7010
Code    VWS-1818
Movement    Automatic
Case material    Steel
Bracelet material    Leather
Year    1969
Condition    Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery    No original box, no original papers
Gender    Men's watch/Unisex
Location Switzerland, Lonay


Movement    Automatic
Movement/Caliber   Seiko 5626A
Power reserve    40 h
Number of jewels    25
Frequency  28800 A/h


Case material    Steel
Case diameter    38 x 41 mm
Water resistance    Not water resistant
Bezel material   Steel
Crystal    Mineral glass
Dial    Silver
Dial numerals    No numerals


Bracelet material    Leather
Bracelet color    Grey
Lug width    19 mm 
Clasp    Buckle
Clasp material    Steel


Date, Weekday


Central seconds, Only Original Parts, Quick-set, Luminous Indices, Luminescent Hands