The SEIKO A239 "Dual LCD"
Copies and Counterfeits
Is imitation still the highest form of flattery if you have to pay a license/royalty?
The A239 had at least a few immitators.
Or did it?
Curiously the watches listed here appear to have the same electronics, or at least the same LCD panels, as the A239.
Did SEIKO license these modules out to other brands?
Or perhaps they bought a license to produce these watches using someone else's intellectual property?
Or maybe these are all counterfeit copies.
We will likely never know.
At least one blogger and owner of the Armitron version confirms that the actual usage is in fact different vs the A239. This suggests that perhaps these are more copies vs rebranded identical watches. Click here to read the blog post.
Here is a break down of the known SEIKO A239 counterfeits, copies and/or knock-offs.
Index of Manufacturers
- Caravelle (A Bulova brand)
- ZEON (Still sourcing photos and information)
Armitron is still around today and still making watches. Click here to read up on them.
Armitron - World Time Dual Melody Alarm
Caravelle is a brand owned by the Bulova Watch Co. Could this be an example of a legitmately licensed copy?
Caravelle - Melody Alarm
Not much is known about this brand, but is generally agreed that they sold entry-level copies and derivatives of popular LCD watches in the 1980's.
They are stamped MADE IN HONG KONG.
Whether the name is a play on Piranhas or Pirates - you have to love it. Probably Piranhas given the logo.
Piratron - Dual Melody Alarm
Piratron - World Time Alarm
The Tempic brand was used on watches sold through the Neckermann mail order network in West Germany. They used mostly Swiss and Japanese parts in their watches from this era. This brand still exists today, but only as a shell of its former self.
Tempic - Dual Melody Alarm
Do you own or know of another copy / fake SEIKO? If so, drop me a line - either in one of the forum threads below or via PM and I will be sure to add it!
- WristSushi.com - Seiko World Time - Vintage DIGITAL Models
- TheWatchSite.com - Vintage Digital / LCD - Seiko World Times - Collectors & Owners thread
- WatchUSeek.com - Vintage Digital / LCD - Seiko World Times - Collectors & Owners thread
Counterfeits and Copies of The Seiko M158 PAN AM
As the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery. And the SEIKO M158 had quite a few admirers.
The Seiko World Time A239-50XX - The Atlas
All about the 3rd series of digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1979
Old Ad Scans: Seiko World Time A239-50XX
A small collection of ad and catalog scans of the SEIKO World Time A239-50XX
The Seiko World Time A358-500X - The Alarm
All about the 2nd series of digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1979
The Seiko World Time A708-5000 - The TWA
All about the 4th series of digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced from 1984 through 1988
The Seiko World Time A718-5010 - The Frankenstein
All about the A718-5010 digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1984
The Seiko World Time A718-5030 - The John Cleese
All about the A718-5030 digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1984
The Seiko World Time M158-500X - PAN AM
All about the 1st series of digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1977
Old Ad Scans: Seiko World Time M158-500X
A small collection of ad and catalog scans of the SEIKO World Time M158-500X
Authenticating The Seiko World Time M158-500X
Tips on confirming the originality of your Seiko World Time M158-5000 and M158-5009
Reference Cities - Changes over the Years
A history of changes to the Cities Dial Frames on SEIKO World Time digital watches from 1977 through 1988