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Sii Caliber Ne15b

SII (Seiko Instruments) Caliber NE15B

Sii Caliber Ne15b

Manufacturer Seiko Instruments (SII), Time Module (TMI)
Caliber Number NE15B
Base Caliber
NE15
Movement Type Automatic
Diameter
27.40mm
Casing Diameter
27mm
Thickness
5.32mm
Jewels 24
Vibrations Per Hour
21,600 bph
Lift Angle
53 degrees
Power Reserve
~50 hours
Hand Windable? Yes
Winding Direction
Clockwise
Rotor Speed Rate
30 rpm
Hacking? Yes
Anti-Shock System
Seiko Diashock
Regulator System
ETACHRON
Functions Hours, minutes, central seconds, date calendar at 3:00
Country of Manufacture Japan
Known Models
Minus-8 Diver (Add yours in the comments below…)

The Seiko caliber NE15B is a movement produced by Seiko Watch Corp. in their Seiko Instruments branch. This movement was released circa . It is an automatic movement with a ball bearing rotor.

Caliber NE15 VS NE15B:

The B at the end of NE15B indicates an evolution of the NE15 (NE15A). The official tech sheets for the caliber NE15B were updated on September 16, 2014. According to this post, the major upgrades included:

  • Add one jewel on main plate, barrel hole
  • Modify ratchet sliding spring
  • Modify date indicator maintenance plate
  • New balance wheel
  • New barrel

Caliber 6R15C VS SII NE15B:

The caliber 6R15C is basically a Seiko-only version of the NE15B. Seiko Instruments (aka SII) sells the NE15B to other manufacturers (such as microbrands) for use in non-Seiko watches. Note: apparently some early versions of the 6R15C only have 23 jewels compared to the newer ones with 24J (the NE15B has 24).

Accuracy Rating:

Seiko claims that the accuracy of caliber NE15B is between -15/+25 seconds per day. This rating is based on normal daily wear on the wrist in normal operating temperatures. When testing your watch for timekeeping, make sure it is fully wound.

Power Reserve:

The caliber NE15B holds a power reserve of greater than 50 hours. To fully wind the mainspring, turn the crown a minimum of 55 times.

Crown Position Functions:

0 (against the case): Clockwise = Manual Winding / Counterclockwise = Nothing
1 (pulled out one click): Clockwise = Nothing / 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

Replacement Price:

At the time of this post, replacement movements were found online for $115.00 USD.

Examples of Watches With This Movement:

The photos in this post are of an SII caliber NE15B found in this Minus-8 Diver:

Seiko Sii Caliber Ne15b Minus 8

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