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Seiko Caliber 4r34 Drawing

Seiko Caliber 4R34

Seiko Caliber 4r34 Drawing

ManufacturerSeiko
Caliber Number4R34, 4R34A
Movement TypeAutomatic
Diameter
27.4mm (casing 27mm)
Jewels24
Vibrations Per Hour
21,600 bph
Lift Angle
53 degrees (needs confirmed)
Power Reserve
~41 hours
Hand Windable?Yes
Hand Winding Direction
Clockwise
Rotor Direction
Bi-directional (Magic Lever)
Hacking?Yes
Anti-Shock System
Seiko Diashock
Regulator System
ETACHRON
Hand Count
4
FunctionsCentral hours, central minutes, central seconds, GMT hand, date calendar at 3:00
Country of ManufactureJapan
Known Models
Seiko 5 GMT: SSK001 aka SBSC001, SSK003 aka SBSC003, SK005 aka SBSC005  (Add yours in the comments below…)

The Seiko caliber 4R34 is an automatic used by Seiko Watch Corp. in their own branded watches. As part of the 4R family of movements, the notable feature in the 4R34 is the GMT (24 hour hand) complication. This movement is found in the Seiko 5 SKX Sports Style GMT lineup that was announced on June 8, 2022 (available worldwide in July 2022).

Caliber 4R34 VS 4R35:

The main difference between the 4R34 discussed here and the 4R35 is that the 4R35 is a 3-hander with a date, while the 4R34 adds the additional 24 hour hand. The extra hand translates to a 0.1 thicker case for the new GMT models.

What is the difference between 4R34 VS NH34?

There is an unbranded version of the 4R34 movement known as the caliber NH34. It is based on the 4R34 and is still considered to be a Seiko movement, but the main difference is that it is sold to non-Seiko watch brands. Another difference is that the 4R34 is made in Japan but the NH34 can be made in Japan, Malaysia or possibly in other countries (how would one know without a country of origin stamp).

Differences Between 4R34, 4R34A and 4R34B?

4R34 is the base caliber number and the letter designates evolution or updates to the movement. In other words, the “A” in 4R34A indicates that it is the first generation of this caliber. If they change something in the movement later, it will be called a 4R34B. At the time of this post, only the 4R34A exists.

4R34 Accuracy Rating:

Seiko claims that the accuracy of calibre 4R34 is adjusted at the factory to keep the time between +45 / -35 seconds per day. This rating is based on normal daily wear on the wrist in temperatures between 5 ºC and 35 ºC. When testing your watch for timekeeping, make sure it is fully wound.

In Seiko’s own words:

Due to the characteristics of mechanical watches, any actual daily rate may not fall within the range of time accuracy specified above dependent on the conditions of use, such as the length of time during which the watch is worn on the wrist, temperature, arm movement, and whether the mainspring is wound up fully or not, etc.” -Seiko User Manual

Power Reserve:

When your 4R34 powered watch is fully wound, the power reserve is approximately 41 hours. When winding your watch, turn the crown clockwise slowly. You cannot overwind the movement.

Crown Position Functions:

0 (against the case): Clockwise = Manual Winding / Counterclockwise = Nothing
1 (pulled out one click): Clockwise = GMT hand / Counterclockwise = Date setting
2 (pulled out two clicks): Time setting clockwise and counterclockwise

Stem Removal:

To remove the stem, make sure the crown is in position 0 or normal position (not date or time setting position). There is a lever with a small indentation for your tool. Gently press down while pulling the stem out. See official instructions below for more guidance:

Seiko Caliber 4r36 Stem Removal

Warranty and service intervals:

Since this is a caliber used in Seiko branded watches and not with this caliber number to other watch brands, the warranty on a brand new Seiko sold by a Seiko AD is 3 years. Despite other sites mentioning that the 4R34 has a 21,600 beat rate giving great service intervals, as per Seiko’s official recommended service intervals, they want 4R34 watches to be disassembled and cleaned by a Seiko service center once every 2 to 3 years “in order to maintain optimal performance of the watch for a long time.”

In Seiko’s own words:

“The power transmission gear of the movement of this watch constantly receives force. To ensure that this mechanism works properly all the time, washing parts, changing oil, adjusting accuracy, checking functions and replacing consumable parts on a regular basis are important. The first overhaul after the purchase of your watch is particularly important for preserving long-time use of your watch. According to use conditions, the oil retaining condition of your watch mechanical parts may deteriorate, abrasion of the parts due to contamination of oil may advance or delay the time significantly, or the watch itself may stop.” -Seiko User Manual

Interestingly, despite Seiko stating that the first overhauls after the purchase of your watch is particularly important, right below that paragraph they also warn of the following: “When your watch is inspected and adjusted by disassembly and cleaning (overhauled), the movement of your watch may be replaced.” But… doesn’t this potentially cause a never-ending cycle? If they replace your movement on the first “important” overhaul, then it’s a new movement again, not a worked in serviced movement. Therefore, the first overhaul would be important again. *face palm*

The listed cost of servicing a 4R series caliber movement starts at $154.00 USD. If you have ever sent a watch to Seiko for service then you already know to expect additional hidden charges. It’s almost never going to cost exactly as listed.

Examples of Watches With This Movement:

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Chris Eiko
Chris Eiko
2 months ago

Is there an NH34 of this or any similar SII movement that a microbrand is using? I love my NH35A watches but I want a GMT version! Before anyone says just buy the Seiko, I know, but I just want to see what else is out there first, ya know support the little guys! TIA!

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Thomas Miko
Thomas Miko
2 months ago

Question: Did they just modify a Seiko 5 movement by removing the day of the week, and make that into the 24 hour hand?

Roy Benny
Roy Benny
2 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Miko

This is a Seiko 5 movement since it’s used in a Seiko 5. Since Seiko 5 is the name of the watch not the movement, there is no Seiko 5 caliber as far as I know. If there is I can’t find it here. The 24 hour hand is a different set of gears and complications. Maybe they ditched the day of the week so it wouldn’t be too busy.

Panu B.
Panu B.
11 days ago

Hi,

it says in the article that one can turn the hands couter clockwise at crown postion 2 by turning the crown counter clockwise. I don’t see the manual for SSK explictly stating this, though. I’m wondering if this really is safe to do.

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