Seiko Caliber 4r36a Drawing

Seiko 4R Series

Seiko Caliber 4r35b Drawing

Manufacturer Seiko
Caliber Family
4R
Type Mechanical, automatic
Lignes 12”’
Diameter
27.4mm
Jewels
(see below)
Vibrations Per Hour
21,600 vph
Power Reserve
40-50 hours depending on caliber
Lift Angle
53 degrees
Regulator
ETACHRON
Functions Central hours, central minutes, central seconds, some have a date, day-date, open balance, 24 hour subdial (see list below)
Country of Manufacture Japan

The Seiko caliber 4RXX family of automatic movements is basically Seiko’s branded versions of the SII NH family. These are the movements that Seiko uses in their own watches. The NHXX equivalents are sold to other brands.

List of calibers in the Seiko 4R family

Movements without hacking, handwinding functionality:

  • 4R15 – Date (22J)
  • 4R16 – Day Date (22J)

Movements with hacking (stop seconds) and hand-winding:

  • 4R35 – Date (23J/24J)
  • 4R36 –  Day Date (24J)
  • 4R37 -Date, 24 hour subdial (24J)
  • 4R38 – Open balance wheel (24J)
  • 4R39 – Open balance wheel, 24 hour subdial (24J)
  • 4R57 – Date subdial, power reserve indicator (24J)
  • 4R71 – Skeletonized (24J)

Seiko 4R caliber replacement movements

Seiko 4R calibers cannot be purchased, if you want to replace the movement in your 4RXX powered timepiece, then you will need to send your watch to Seiko Service, or purchase an NHXX movement to swap it out.

Seiko 4R to NH Conversion

The list below gives a general idea as to the crossover caliber numbers between the 4R and NH series. Keep in mind that while the watch community mostly goes on the premise that these calibers are interchangeable, there may be slight differences between 4R and NH calibers. The caliber numbers are easy to decipher, mostly just switch 4R with NH.

*4R15/4R16 are related to the 7S family of movements

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Skywalker50
Skywalker50
2 years ago

The NH35 is found in lots of fashion watches, and micro brands. It’s a reliable good quality caliber. Great value for money, but be careful, particularly with ‘Fashion’ watches; they are very overpriced and often badly finished for the price. Bear in mind that mechanical watches also need periodic servicing, depending on how much you wear your watch.

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