Summer Special: 60’s Vintage Diver Shootout Part 1

Summer Special: 60’s Vintage Diver Shootout Part 1

Ah mid year, it’s at last formally here regardless of the way that it’s been genuinely hot all through the greater part of northern Europe for the most recent few months. With Summer comes excursions and that implies that the greater part of us will advance towards the sea shore or if nothing else an invigorating pool. Furthermore, what watch to wear? The common reaction is a plunge watch, that easygoing classification of watch that can deal with the water simply as the buildup trickling from the glass of a poolside mixed drink. Be that as it may, suppose you’re a genuine vintage nut and the prospect of wearing the equivalent more current (read: watertight) jumper for 1,2 or 3 weeks straight sounds everyday, at that point we have a few proposals. In the present article, we’ll head back 50 or so years, so statements of regret in advance, they will not be modest. Yet, hello, nobody goes through cash like when they’re holiday. Welcome to the 60’s vintage jumper shootout including Rolex, Omega, Seiko and Doxa, a two-section article zeroed in, first, on current realities and, second, on our contemplations about these incredible watches.

We’ve talked about the 60’s as the brilliant period for scuba plunging and the way that the leisure activity turned out to be more far and wide. There were scads of brands getting into the demonstration of preparing a type of jump watch and thinking back, some were a greater amount of a demonstration than others. Numerous brands didn’t endure and some currently look comically risky to trust while attempting to time a jump. Obviously, there were different degrees of plunge watch, however the present 60’s vintage jumper shootout centers around pieces more well-suited for the expert, or possibly implied for somebody who wanted to utilize them oftentimes under the surface. What’s more, since these are on the whole exemplary collectibles, it’s presently worthy for them to double-cross their instrument aims and to appear under a long-sleeved shirt. Obviously, wearing them with your number one Hawaiian shirt will function as well.

The Contenders

For our 60’s vintage jumper shootout, I picked four watches that, as far as I might be concerned, characterize the vibe of jumpers from the center to later piece of the decade. Two are evident decisions while the excess two are a touch more erratic. All the more in all honesty, the decisions of a Rolex and an Omega are direct: the choice of a Seiko and a Doxa maybe less so. Up two or three years prior, the Seiko and Doxa would host been valeting vehicles at a get-together held by Rolex and Omega, yet time and more profound interest in these brands have served to change assessment. Besides, and this goes for all brands, it helps that these watches have a cutting edge partner. We should meet the competitors .

The Doxa SUB 300 Searambler

If you read Fratello Watches fairly consistently, at that point you’re no more bizarre to the Doxa SUB. It’s a watch that bodes well for our 60’s vintage jumper shootout since it was weighty for its time plan astute, in its usefulness, and the way that one Jacques Cousteau had some inclusion with the brand (alright, he was engaged with pretty much every brand). Doxa was a vital supporter of the helium discharge valve (HRV) development close by Rolex and their presentation of an orange-dialed jumper stirred up the foundation. For the present comparison, we have the soonest of the SUBs and that is a supposed “No T” dial with a thin case. This flawless piece was made for precisely one year, 1966, preceding it was supplanted with a comparative yet less smooth plan. Doxa made the previously mentioned orange dial form, the Professional, a dark variation, the Sharkhunter, and this silver version, the Searambler.

This Searambler has experienced its speeds and might be natural to some who are dynamic on Instagram. Despite the fact that I procured it to some degree as of late, I passed on purchasing this very watch practically three(!!) quite a while back. The primary hands have been relumed, I cleaned up the orange pieces on the bezel, the precious stone and crown aren’t unique and somebody decided to clean the case pleasantly however wrongly – there shouldn’t be any sunburst completing or a sloped edge.

Furthermore, the case back shows up on the off chance that somebody ran a reamer around the logo and, subsequently, the chronic number is no more. Wow! Regularly, I’d flee, not walk, away from a watch with these blemishes, however they’re elusive in unique condition as so many were worn for their expected reason. It’s a survivor and now it’s my survivor.


  • 5mm distance across spotless case, 44.5mm carry to haul, 20mm drag width, 12.5mm thickness
  • 300M water obstruction, acrylic crystal
  • Doxa 118 type (ETA 2472) programmed, non-hacking, 21J, 18,000 bph, 42-hour power save. Non-quickset date, yet flipping somewhere in the range of 10:30pm and 12:00 changes the date.
  • Current day options: any current or the 2016 50th Anniversary restricted pieces (sold out, yet accessible available) or the 2017 Limited Edition Black Lung (additionally, sold out)

The Omega Seamaster 300 166.024

Next up in our 60’s vintage jumper shootout is the unbelievable 2nd age Omega Seamaster 300 reference 166.024. This model was presented in 1967 with its “huge triangle” at 12:00. It was made until approximately 1970 while this model dates to 1968. This is a profoundly collectible watch that is a genuine bear to discover in unique condition. Variations with and without date (165.024) exist with varying hands, dials and crowns all through the creation run.

The piece you see here is fit as a fiddle, yet I’d surmise that the “enormous triangle” saw somewhat of a final detail quite a while past. Everything on this watch illuminates equitably under a dark light and becomes dim simultaneously, so maybe tritium was utilized in the event that it was modified. Additionally, the light foundation date wheel was being referred to, yet Omega leaflets show that this variation was made at some point.


  • 42mm measurement spotless case, 47.5mm drag to carry, 20mm haul width, 14.5mm thickness
  • 200M water opposition, acrylic crystal
  • Omega 565 type programmed development, non-hacking, 24J, 19,800 bph, 50-hour power hold. Quickset date.
  • Current day choices: Omega Seamaster 300 (more like the 1st age 300) and the

The Rolex Submariner 1680

A 60’s vintage jumper shootout wouldn’t be complete without a Rolex Submariner and because of the date highlight on the remainder of the combatants; we calculated a Sub Date was proper. The most punctual of those, in the event that we disregard the Double Red Sea Dweller, is the 1680 “Red” Submariner.

Introduced in 1969 and delivered in this appearance until approximately 1973, this is one of the more notorious and collectible models from the marque. We explored this watch on #TBT a year ago and it stays as a well known decision for my wrist. This piece is from 1970 and is unique and its lone “defect” is some absent lume on the candy of the scope seconds hand.


  • 40mm distance across pure case, 47mm carry to haul, 20mm drag width, 14.3mm thickness
  • 200M water obstruction, acrylic crystal
  • Rolex 1575 type programmed development, non-hacking (until 1972), 25J, 19,800 bph, 48-hour power save. Non-quickset date.
  • Current day choices: in one or the other green or black

The Seiko 300M Professional 6159-7001

The total dull pony in our 60’s vintage jumper shootout comes by means of one of our number one brands: Seiko. With the 6159-7001, we will investigate Seiko’s 2nd Professional jumper (the originally was the outwardly indistinguishable 6215 made for one year in 1967) delivered in 1968 and 1969. At the point when we dive into the subtleties, we’ll see that this watch is include rich, yet it was broadly or, rather, notoriously this model that made Seiko take a break from creating profound jumpers to build up the Seiko 6159 Tuna that appeared in 1975. The 6159-7001, it appears, wasn’t perfect, yet it’s as yet deserving of thought in our eyes.

This model from 1969 contains one change and that is a “Oppose” dial that is commonly considered as an assistance dial that may have been intended for creation had the brand kept on delivering this watch in the wake of naming laws changed in mid-1970. Peculiarly, regardless of an alleged “administration” dial, some Seiko fanatics search this out as an expansion to their collections.


  • ~43.8mm distance across pure monobloc case, 50mm carry to haul, 19mm drag width, 15.4mm thickness
  • 300M water obstruction, Hardlex mineral crystal
  • Seiko 6159 type programmed development, hacking, 25J, 36,000 bph, 46-hour power save. Quickset date.
  • Current day options: Seiko SLA025 restricted release 6159 reissue and the “ceased” Seiko Marinemaster 300 SBDX017

A speedy comparison of the specs shows a few similitudes, in any case, as usual, the subtleties check. Water protections vary as the pieces are either evaluated at 200 or 300M thus do the developments. We have an assortment of development frequencies and case styles as well.

Which piece will wind up asserting triumph in our 60’s vintage jumper shootout and will there be an unmistakable victor? Could it be from one of the anticipated and conventional brands or from a relative upstart? Stay tuned as we’ll come back two or three weeks with our impressions and thoughts.

Update:  Here’s the second piece of this shootout!

The Seiko 6159 Professional from 1968

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