Seiko 6R15: specifications and comparison

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Today, we will talk about the Seiko 6R15, one of the most commonly used mechanical movements by the Japanese brand, along with other mechanisms like the 4R35 and 4R36.

While the 6R35 boasts better finishes and some higher-quality components, it is often found in mechanical watches of a higher range.

It’s an automatic movement that has undergone numerous revisions and serves as the foundation for the creation of many other calibers, which can lead to some confusion.

So, in this post, we will provide a comprehensive overview of all the features of the Seiko 6R15, taking into account the different versions and comparing it to other calibers to determine its quality.

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‚úö Seiko 6R15 ‚Äď Technical Specifications

Year of Release2005
Vibration Frequency21,600 vph
Power Reserve50 hours
Dimensions27.4 mm x 5.25 mm (Diameter x Depth)
Accuracy+25 ÔĹě -15 seconds per day
FunctionsHour, minutes, and seconds in central hands, and date
Second Stop (hacking)Yes
Manual WindingYes

‚úö 6R15 in Detail

The Seiko 6R15 is another design derived from the famous 7S36, a very reliable movement used in a significant number of the brand’s watches, but it’s been around for some years now.caliber 6r15 seiko sumo

That’s why in 2005, the 6R15 joined the family, featuring improved finishes, manual winding, and a second stop function, all of which the 7S36 lacked.

It’s precisely because of the finishes and components used in the Seiko 6R15 that it’s considered a more premium movement, and it’s generally used in medium to high-end watches, such as Seiko Prospex.

Technically, it employs an automatic bidirectional rotor mechanism based on Seiko’s “Magic Lever” system and Diashock shock protection.

Therefore, it’s a highly efficient movement as it can generate energy in both directions and has excellent resistance to shocks and magnetism.

Compared to more budget-friendly calibers, the 6R15 uses a Spron 510 mainspring, a material that allows Seiko to achieve a longer power reserve.

While the 6R15 beats at a rate of 21,600 vph, which is lower than some high-end calibers, it can operate for years with minimal maintenance.

The adjustment of this mechanism is done through the Etachron system, a regulator that facilitates spring manipulation and thus enables greater precision in skilled hands.

Finally, the number of jewels is either 23 or 24 depending on the version, as this is a movement that has undergone numerous revisions.

‚ě§ Accuracy

In terms of accuracy, Seiko reports a respectable range of +25/-15 seconds per day, placing it well above other movements from the brand.

Accuracy ranges should be understood as a classification where manufacturers place their movements, which in practice tend to be more precise.

In fact, for the 6R15, there are many users who can achieve values below +-5 seconds per day with proper adjustment.

‚ě§ Power Reserve

One of the strengths of the 6R15 is its power reserve, reaching up to 50 hours of operation when fully wound.

This puts it ahead of other popular movements from the brand, such as the 4R36 or the 7S36 from which they are derived.

As it’s an automatic watch, the maximum charge can be achieved simply by wearing it, but manual winding can also be used. Maximum charge is achieved by turning the crown approximately 50 times.

‚ě§ Watches Using It

The 6R15 is a movement used in many Seiko dress watches and some of the brand’s divers, all of which fall into the medium to high-end range.

For example, it can be found in many Prospex diver watches and some Seiko Sumo models, as well as in the famous Spirit (SARB) and Alpinist models.

Here are some of the well-known watches equipped with this movement that are readily available:

‚úö Seiko 6R15A, 6R15B, 6R15C, 6R15D…

The letters denote different versions of the same movement. The first one was 6R15A, followed by B, C, and D with various changes that have added improvements and addressed issues.

Hence, there are 6R15 movements with both 23 and 24 jewels. The earlier versions had 23 jewels, while the more recent ones are manufactured with 24 jewels.

It’s important to note that not all components are interchangeable between versions due to the added modifications.

‚úö The 6R15 as a Base Caliber

The 6R15 serves as the base for many other movements that add complications such as power reserve indicators and other subdials with the days of the week and date in different positions.

These are the calibers 6R20, 6R21, 6R24, and 6R27. All of them beat at a rate of 28,800 vph (compared to the 21,600 vph of the 6R15), but their power reserve is reduced from 50 to 45 hours.

They also feature a higher number of jewels to accommodate their additional functions.

‚úö Seiko NE15 vs 6R15

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The NE15 is nothing more than Seiko’s version of the 6R15 that they manufacture for other brands, and as you can see in the table, they are practically identical.

Like the Seiko NH35, the NE15 doesn’t have the brand name printed anywhere, but it does display the Seiko Instruments Inc (SII) logo, a subsidiary of the company responsible for manufacturing it.

Vibration Frequency21,600 vph21,600 vph
Power Reserve50 hours50 hours
Dimensions27.40 x 5.25 mm27.40 x 5.32 mm
Accuracy-15 to +25 sec/day-15 to +25 sec/day
Second StopYesYes
Manual WindYesYes

‚úö Seiko 6R15 vs 6R35

The main difference between these two movements lies in the power reserve, which is much higher in the case of the 6R35. Otherwise, as you can see in the table, they are very similar.

The 6R35 caliber is considered an upgrade from the 6R15 and has only been on the market for about a year. The first watches with this movement were introduced at Baselworld in 2019.

Vibration Frequency21,600 vph21,600 vph
Power Reserve50 hours70 hours
Dimensions27.40 x 5.25 mm27.40 x 5.25 mm
Accuracy-15 to +25 sec/day-15 to +25 sec/day
Second StopYesYes
Manual WindYesYes

‚úö Seiko 6R15 vs 7S26

Calibre Seiko 7S36

There are many differences between these two mechanisms, both in accuracy and power reserve, as well as in functions.

Compared to the 6R15, the Seiko 7S26 is less accurate, has 9 hours less power reserve, and lacks the coveted functions of second stop and manual winding.

It’s also important to note that the 7S26 is a more economical and older movement. However, even though it’s outdated, it remains one of the most reliable and reputable movements from the brand.

Vibration Frequency21,600 vph21,600 vph
Power Reserve50 hours41 hours
Dimensions27.40 x 5.25 mm27.40 x 4.8 mm
Accuracy-15 to +25 sec/day-35 to +45 sec/day
Second StopYesNo
Manual WindYesNo

‚úö Seiko 6R15 vs 4R35/6

Watch with Seiko 4R35 caliber

Although the Seiko 4R35 is somewhat more modern, the 6R15 belongs to a higher range, is installed in more expensive watches, and as you can see, it also has better specifications.

The 6R15 is better finished and has higher quality components, such as the Spron 510 mainspring, compared to the Spron 110 used in the 4R35.

As a result, it can offer significantly better accuracy and an additional 10 hours of power reserve.

The Seiko 4R36 is a 4R35 with the addition of the days of the week alongside the date and has the same specifications, so what applies to one also applies to the other.

Vibration Frequency21,600 vph21,600 vph
Power Reserve50 hours40 hours
Dimensions27.40 x 5.25 mm27.40 x 5.32 mm
Accuracy-15 to +25 sec/day-35 to +45 sec/day
Second StopYesYes
Manual WindYesYes

‚úö Seiko 6R15 vs ETA 2824-2

ETA 2824 in a watch

To say that the 6R15 is Seiko’s alternative to the well-known Swiss caliber ETA 2824 may be somewhat ambitious, but there’s no doubt that it’s a great movement and can compete in some aspects.

For example, it has a higher power reserve and, when properly adjusted, can come close in accuracy. The challenge is maintaining those values over time.

Additionally, its lower vibration frequency means that the 6R15 requires much less maintenance than the ETA 2824, although you won’t see the second hand move as smoothly.

Model6R15ETA 2824
Vibration Frequency21,600 vph28,800 vph
Power Reserve50 hours38 hours
Dimensions27.40 x 5.25 mm25.6 x 4.6 mm
Accuracy-15 to +25 sec/day+-12 / +-7 / +-4 sec. day
Second StopYesYes
Manual WindYesYes

‚úö Time and Date Adjustment

As in the vast majority of current mechanical movements, the crown allows for all necessary adjustments and winding of the watch. Below is how to do it:

  • Time: Pull out the crown to its second position (two clicks outward) and then turn it in any direction (clockwise or counterclockwise) to move the hands to the desired position.
  • Date: Pull out the crown to its first position (1 click outward). Turn it counterclockwise to adjust the date to the correct position.
  • Manual Wind: Without pulling out the crown, turn it clockwise. A full wind of the mechanism is achieved with approximately 50 turns.

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