BRANDS: Seiko, Seiko Instruments Inc., Time Module Inc.
Seiko 4R Family Overview
Introduced in 2008, the Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) 4R family is a mainstream automatic watch movement used in many Seiko models and offered to third parties by Time Module Inc. (TMI). It is an evolution of the Seiko 7S family of movements, produced since 1996, and is related to the higher-end Seiko 6R family.
All movements in the 4R family operate at 21,600 A/h and measure 12 ligne (27.4 mm) in diameter by 5.32 mm in height. Cal. 4R15 and 4R16 have 22 jewels, Cal. 4R35A has 23 jewels, and all other 4R and NH movements have 24 jewels. The NH series movements sold by Time Module Inc. (TMI) are rated as slightly more accurate from the factory, at -20/+40 rather than -35/+45 for the Seiko branded movements, and some differ in the finish, number of jewels, and rated power reserve.
Seiko 4R Movements
There are two branches of the family: The 4R1x movements (4R15, 4R16) came first and have an advanced Spron 510 mainspring but lack hacking and hand-winding. The 4R3x movements (4R35, 4R36, 4R37, 4R38, 4R39, 4R57, 4R71) appeared after 2010 and have a traditional mainspring but add hacking and hand-winding. The 6R family has both improvements.
There are only a few complicated members of the family, with a 24 hour subdial (4R37 and 4R39), or date by pointer subdial and power reserve indicator (4R57).
|Spron 510 Mainspring|
NH71A (skeleton, gilt)
|Day and Date||4R36A|
|Date, 24 Hour Subdial||4R37A|
|24 Hour Subdial||4R39A|
|Date by Pointer|
|Calibre||Start Year||End Year||Jewels||Diameter (mm)||Height (mm)||Complications|
|Seiko 4R15||2008||Current||22||27.40||5.25||Date, Quick Date Correction|
|Seiko 4R16||2008||Current||22||27.40||5.25||Date, Day, Quick Date Correction, Quick Day Correction|
|Seiko 4R35||2010||Current||23, 24||27.40||5.32||Date, Hacking Seconds, Hand Winding, Quick Date Correction|
|Seiko 4R36||2010||Current||24||27.40||5.32||Bilingual Day Wheel, Date, Day, Hacking Seconds, Hand Winding, Quick Date Correction, Quick Day Correction|
|Seiko 4R37||Current||24||27.40||5.32||24 Hour Hand, Date, Hacking Seconds, Hand Winding, Quick Date Correction|
|Seiko 4R38||2012||Current||24||27.40||5.32||Hacking Seconds, Hand Winding|
|Seiko 4R39||2011||Current||24||27.40||5.32||24 Hour Hand, Hacking Seconds, Hand Winding|
|Seiko 4R57||2017||Current||29||29.36||6.63||Date, Date by Pointer, Hacking Seconds, Hand Winding, Power Reserve Indicator, Quick Date Correction|
|Seiko 4R71||2018||Current||24||27.40||5.32||Hacking Seconds, Hand Winding|