Sii Caliber Vd54b

Hattori SII Caliber VD54B

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Sii Caliber Vd54b

Manufacturer Hattori aka Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII)
Caliber Number VD54B
Type Quartz
Diameter 12 3/4”’ (29.5mm)
Thickness
3.97mm
Battery Cell
371 (SR920SW)
Battery Life
~3 years
Frequency Unknown (please comment below)
Quartz Type Tuning fork type quartz crystal
Stem 351178/tap 10 or 351880/tap 11
Hand Sizes 1.10/.65/.20mm
Jewels 0
Hacking?
Yes
Functions Hours, minutes, central seconds, 24 hour indicator subdial at 3:00, chronograph seconds subdial at 6:00, 60 minutes subdial at 9:00
Country of Manufacture Japan
Known Models (Please add yours to the comments below)

The SII caliber VD54B is a quartz chronograph movement. Something to note about this watch movement is that the chronograph second hand is located in a subdial at 6:00. The central second hand is the current time second hand.

Chronograph Sequence

The chrono sequence on the VD54B is the same as most chronograph watches:

  • Start – top button
  • Stop – top button
  • Reset – bottom button

Resetting the chronograph hand to 0

If your chronograph second hand isn’t lining up, you can adjust it back to zero by pulling the crown out to time setting position (position 1) and using the chronograph pushers to advance the hand line up at the 60 (or zero/12:00 position). The top button will make the hand go backwards, the bottom button will make it move forward.

Holding the buttons in for more than a second will make the chrono second hand move rapidly, this is also how you get the 60 minute counter hand to line up. For example, if your 60 minute counter is resetting to the 5 minutes mark instead of the 60, you would pull the crown out to position 1, and hold the top button in while the chrono second hand spins around quickly and the 60 minute hand slowly goes back to the position you want it in. Then, be sure to line up the chrono second hand again and push the crown back to position 0.

Crown/Stem Removal

Look for the hole with “Push” and an up arrow. Using your tweezers or a toothpick, push the lever while pulling out the stem.

Accuracy

SII/TMI claims the caliber VD54B has an accuracy rating of less than +/- 20 when the watch is operating in the normal temperature range. They do not say what they consider the “normal” temperature range to be.

VD54A, VD54B, VD54C

The current spec sheets for the VD54 list a VD54C variation with a revision date of June 5, 2018. We are still looking into the differences between the A, B, C variations, but it’s likely that they are small updates. If you know, please comment below. In the meantime, this post will be updated when we learn more.

Caliber VD54 VS VD53

There is a similar SII caliber VD53. The main difference between the two movements is that the VD53 has a date window between 4:00 and 5:00. It is also a taller movement at 4.57mm compared to the 3.97mm thick VD54.

SII VS TMI VS Hatori

You might find this caliber listed as being produced by Hattori aka Epson aka TMI (Time Module Inc) aka Seiko Instruments Inc. We’re not sure why all the different names, but sure they all lead back to Seiko. Read more here

From Wikipedia:

Seiko Holdings Corporation (SEIKO) delegates a large portion of the manufacturing in its watch business to SII and EPSON. Most of watches manufactured by SII are sold through the Seiko Watch Corporation, a subsidiary of Seiko Holdings Corporation. In recent years Seiko Instruments has tried to establish its own marketing channel and brands – Sizukuishi Watch, appetime, J.SPRINGS, ISSEY MIYAKE, tsumori chisato, ALESSI, cacharel, etc.

On January 26, 2009, Seiko Instruments and Seiko Holdings announced that the two companies will be merged on October 1, 2009 through a share swap. Seiko Instruments became a wholly owned subsidiary of Seiko Holdings on October 1, 2009.

Replacement Price

At the time of this post, replacement prices were found online in the range of $20-30 USD.

Technical Drawings

Caliber VD54B Seiko Japan Quartz Watch Movement

Examples of watches with caliber VD54B

Additional Resources

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Alex
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Alex

This movement is used in the Lancaster Ref: OLA0483 quartz chronograph watch. So I would expect to find this movement in $50-$100 watches.

Toby
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Used in the Ducati Meccanica time pieces. $175USD at time of purchase in 2012/2013. Dial at 3 is 24 hour indicator. Dial at 6 is stopwatch seconds. Dial at 9 is stopwatch minutes (60 minutes max). Screw-down crown. Hacking. Only one position, used to set time.

Toby
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Forgot to mention: One tick per second so it’s not a smooth second hand on the main- and sub-dials.

wagner martins
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wagner martins

Encontrado em relógio invicta modelo 12844 specialty dourado vendido nos E.U.A na World off Watche.

Allen Walker
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Allen Walker

Question: I recently changed the battery myself but I did not short it with touching the AC and the battery. My watch started working right away with the new battery. Should I still short it or let it go as is? Will I get as much battery power or am I risking damaging anything?

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