[SANYO amorton S517]

【SANYO amorton S517】[RARE!]

RELEASED1982?PRICE???MODULE???
FUNCTIONSECONDALARMBEEP
DAY OF WEEKSW1/100LIGHT○LEFT
YEAR-DT-BUTTON4
FEATURESSolar-powered wristwatch made by SANYO Electric, now acquired and defunct.

This is a SANYO (SANYO Electric) solar-powered wristwatch, the amorton QUARTZ S517.
Sanyo Electric was acquired by Panasonic, made wristwatches (LED and LCD) in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The 1980 edition of "A Quick Guide to Digital Watch Operation," which summarizes how to operate digital watches, includes the following information,
SEIKO → CITIZEN → ORIENT → RICOH → CASIO → SANYO
This indicates that SANYO were recognized as one of the wristwatch manufacturers for a certain period of time.

I happened to get this model through an Internet auction about 10 years ago, and it is one of my favorites because of its beautiful and very well-balanced design.

[SANYO amorton S517]
very beautiful design
[SANYO amorton S517]
Unique case back shape

This model incorporates a "solar cell," the most advanced technology of the time.
The brand name "amorton" is derived from amorphous silicon solar cells, which is now, to our surprise, also the name of a Panasonic subsidiary.

However, about 40 years have passed since its manufacture, and since the panels do not generate electricity due to age-related deterioration and the storage battery (secondary battery) that stores the electricity generated has already been discontinued, a regular button cell battery is used in it.

[SANYO amorton S517]
Light bulb work properly.



[sanyowatch]Author : sanyowatch

I collect old digital watches mainly from the 1970s to 1980s as a hobby.
NOT FOR SALE!
I'll introduce them little by little.
I like vintage digital watch.
I also like junk old digital watch.

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