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Hattori Seiko Caliber VD53B Quartz SII Watch Movement

Hattori Caliber VD53

Hattori Seiko Caliber VD53B Quartz SII Movement Drawing TMI

ManufacturerHattori aka Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII)
Caliber NumberVD53, VD53A, VD53B, VD53C
Linges12 3/4”’
Casing Diameter
4.57mm thick
Battery Cell Number371 (SR920SW)
Frequency32,768 Hz
Quartz TypeTuning fork type quartz crystal
Stem35117/tap 10 or 351892/tap 11
Hand Sizes1.10mm/0.65mm/0.20mm
FunctionsHours, minutes, central seconds, 24 hour subdial at 3:00, small chronograph seconds at 6:00, 60 minute chronograph counter at 9:00, date between 4:00 and 5:00 or other (see below)
Country of ManufactureJapan
Known Models Invicta Speedway 9211, Pro Diver 15082 (Add yours to the comments below…)

The SII caliber VD53 is a quartz chronograph movement with 0 jewels. This movement is made in Japan.

VD53 Variations:

You may see this movement listed as the VD53, VD53A, VD53B, or VD53C. VD53 and VD53A are the same, this is the first version. The trailing letters A, B, and C represent the caliber evolution. As of June 05, 2018, official technical documents reference caliber VD53C.

Caliber VD53 Date Location:

There are many different VD53 models available. The differences between them is the date window position, the hands fitting type, stem type, or the color of the datewheel. The full list is here. The date is available in the following positions:

  • VD53C11 – Date at 3:00
  • VD53C144 -Date at 4:00
  • VD53C344 -Date at 4:00
  • VD53C14 – Date at 4:30
  • VD53C12 – Date at 6:00
  • VD53C19M – Date at 12:00

The date at 4:30 is the most common version of the VD53 because it is the only one that is a consistently stocked movement and part of ordinary production. The other versions are order based production.


The VD53 is rated at having an accuracy of less than +/-20 seconds per month in normal temperatures.

Replacement Prices:

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

Examples of the VD53:

How to Reset the VD53 Chronograph Hand to Zero?

If your chronograph hand isn’t lining up, you may need to reset it. This is common after a battery change. Please comment below if these instructions worked for you.

Sii Caliber Vd53c Chronograph Reset

Additional Resources:

  • Time Module VD53C tech sheet here
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2 years ago

Are VD53B and VD53C the same ?

1 year ago

I would also like to know if the VD53B and VD53C are the same 🙂

1 year ago
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Perfect, thank you!

1 year ago

This is used in AVI-8 watches too, chronograph function and date available. See the Supermarine Seafire model for example.

1 year ago

I am working at company distributor. We are dealing with watch parts business and present SEIKO movements (and others) on our market. According to supplier information (official SEIKO dealer) VD53B and VD53C are the same. The manufacturer just changed B to C.

10 months ago

I have a Fossil FS5501 with the same movement

W Stratford
W Stratford
7 months ago

I have a Masterline 1966 mens chronograph with caliber VD53. The watch itself is heavy, and therefore I don’t wear it often. My only negative about the watch other than weight (compared to others) is the stem comes completely out when pulled to reset the time. Does anyone know if the stem can be locked back into the movement with ordinary tools? The movement is on its third battery, I replace it myself.

Roger Pearson
Roger Pearson
6 months ago

A lot of Lorus and Pulsar quartz chromosomes use this movement. Very good too.

Roger Pearson
Roger Pearson
6 months ago

Used a lot by Lorus and Pulsar . Very good too.

Ramiro Tamez
Ramiro Tamez
1 month ago

What automatic movement can I use in this watch?

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