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#TBT Seiko 7002 Diver – A Neo-Vintage Classic

#TBT Seiko 7002 Diver – A Neo-Vintage Classic

Welcome to my bad dream, also called the Seiko 7002 jumper. I’m just not entirely serious, yet understand that this article and the watch you see here is similar to the third piece of a set of three where, up until the last scene, it looked as though the hero was bound to fizzle. Also, exactly when the saint (that would be me) kills the devil, the credits roll and we discover that the evil presence has a younger sibling. Befuddled at this point? In watch terms, it took me three attempts at purchasing 7002’s to at last get a decent apparently unique one. And afterward, during the photograph go for this story, I dropped it onto a stone rock from at any rate 2 meters high… moan. Fortunately, the watch is fine beside a decent scar over its crown, yet I stray. We should discuss the Seiko 7002 jumper, its place in Seiko jumper history and when all is said in done watch culture.

We’ve not actually covered the Seiko 7002 jumper top to bottom here on Fratello Watches. Truth be told, I halted barely shy of referencing the 7002 out of a article indexing the entirety of the vintage Seiko jumpers on the grounds that I zeroed in on pieces presented up until generally 1980.   Therefore, with regards to programmed jumpers, we halted with the Seiko 6309 “Turtle”. The Turtle was produced using 1976 until 1982. In 1982, Seiko presented the 6309-7290, which continued the development complete with day/date work, yet acquired a slimmer case that is still with us today as the notorious SKX007. In case you’re following along, this case style really appeared on a quartz jumper in the last part of the 70’s, the cherished 7548. At any rate, in 1988, Seiko chose to end creation of the 6309 arrangement of developments and supplanted this watch with the Seiko 7002 and its 7000-arrangement of developments. We’ll never genuinely know why Seiko did the switch, however a gander at the development shows stepped versus machined parts, much more plastic, and more affordable wrapping up. Indeed, it appears as though Seiko was feeling the squeeze. The day work was additionally a loss of this development presentation, yet more on that later.   The 7002 was created from 1988 until 1996.

One of the incredible purchaser’s references on the Seiko 7002 jumper actually exists from 2009 on . It’s one of only a handful few matured watch manages that has stood the trial of time. In the event that you look through the extensive posting, you will take note of that there were many 7002 variations. The watch began as a 150m jumper and developed into a more hearty 200m instrument to be specific because of changes in development around its gem. The adaptation I at last bought is a 7002-700J variation, which was JDM just and accompanied the super cool blurred Pepsi-style bezel you see here. It additionally contrasts from certain adaptations by containing the gem depend on the dial. It was conveyed on a later OEM elastic lash, however I chose to fit a comfortable more seasoned and clatter tie Seiko celebration. Regardless, we’ll simply center around this variation of the 7002.  The guide I’ve referenced is thorough and furthermore gives an extraordinary outline of the numerous entanglements to consider when directing a quest for one of these pieces.

Here are only a portion of the examples…  When it comes to the Seiko 7002 jumper, there are adaptations with dark bezels, Pepsi bezels, 150m, and 200m profundity ratings.  There are level bezel embeds, internally calculated additions, and inside and out erroneous bezels.  Case backs changed throughout the long term and there are heap dials.  There are laods of phony dials too that contain glaringly wrong dial codes and afterward there are those that contain the right verbiage, however the text style is obviously not original.  Lume is specific on the 7002 as well.  First, it doesn’t completely cover the lume plots (not odd for Seiko) and it’s known to be of lesser quality when compared to the models when it. It regularly turns dark and a little grainy like you see here.  Apparently, brilliant green is a decent tell that something has been altered.  What I’ve momentarily referenced are only a couple of the expected perils to consider when searching for a 7002.  Trust me, do your perusing heretofore or you can genuinely wind up with a watch that is a combination of a wide range of unique and post-retail 7002’s.  These watches regularly lived in moist conditions, so harmed pieces were often split for their salvageable parts.

So, how could I unearth this model? Frankly, I essentially needed a right one and keeping in mind that that probably won’t seem like a difficult task, it tends to be with the 7002. The 7002 could be considered as the grandpappy of modder watches. Remember or have the previously mentioned direct opened in one window and afterward head over to eBay and have a gander. I’d bet that 99% of the watches are either vigorously modded or have secondary selling parts intended to look unique. For a cheap neo-vintage watch that was created in genuine numbers, finding a unique 7002 is undeniably more troublesome than it ought to be. My initial 7002 wasn’t altered, yet it was so seriously beat up that my watchmaker discarded it – really. (To be reasonable, it was modest to the point that I ought to have known.) He likewise commented that 7002 developments were expendable in his eyes and that Seiko truly lost the plot. After around 5 years, I swam once again into the pool. My second 7002 looked extraordinary from far off (the pics were awful) and was about $100. It runs delightfully, however it’s a mishmash of a wide range of 7002’s. Along these lines, at long last, the third time was the charm.

Aside from wanting to claim at any rate one agent illustration of each significant jumper from the Japanese brand, there was another explanation that I needed to get a Seiko 7002 jumper. That reason was and still is Gerard. Some of you may know Gerard from his long stretches of claiming a watch shop (he’s had some genuine pearls over the long run), yet you should know something different about him. He’s somewhat of an unconventional and if RADwood at any point advances toward the Netherlands, he’d probably be a member. Regardless of whether it’s 90’s Saabs, a mid-aughts Ducati Multistrada, or a Breitling Pluton, Gerard is likely a proprietor or intrigued. He prefers longshots and thus, I surmise he loves the Seiko 7002 and he’s built up an inclination for discovering them for a melody. Also, he’s quite laid back about if they’re unique. Whatever the case, I’m censuring it on him for my excursion to locate a respectable one.

Perhaps because of its expense cutting nature, the Seiko 7002 jumper falls behind other resigned plunge watches from the brand in cost, yet I discover this to be somewhat of a disgrace. The oversight of the day wheel really gives the 7002 one of the cleaner searches inside the whole sequence. There’s next to no to divert the eye and I basically think that its more adjusted than the later SKX007 or prior 6309-7290. Credit the thin 12:00 marker just as fundamental rectangular files at every hour for adding to the great clean looks too. This model has kept its lume fit as a fiddle – Seiko was planning some mischief with its Lumibrite as of now, as most turn grayish – particularly if dampness enters the brawl. Bring a peer down at the base of the dial or on the torrent decorated case back and you’ll see the “Daini” processing plant lightning jolt. This 7002 was made in 1994 and that must be toward the finish of Seiko embellishing their watches with the plant images we appreciate such a huge amount on vintage models.

At 41mm in width, 45mm long and 13mm thick, the Seiko 7002 jumper is remarkably comfortable. It feels strong, yet matched with the lightweight arm band; it’s phenomenal on the wrist – flexible and like your number one sets of loafers (or maybe white St. Laurent terry fabric slides in case you’re our watchmaker Paul). Like most Seiko’s – particularly those that are vintage – it gets eyes and many believe it’s something undeniably more fascinating. I’ve likewise discovered this as of late overhauled 7002 to keep extraordinary time – even after the fall! Like most Seiko’s, the 7002 can’t be handwound, yet it includes a brisk set date when hauling the screw-down crown out to the main stop. Similarly, the uni-directional bezel clicks with consoling solidity.

Like I referenced, finding a really left alone Seiko 7002 jumper can be a genuine task. All things considered, when a good one is discovered, enjoy the way that they frequently still expense not exactly another (old stock?) SKX007. At $150-250 for a very much arranged model, I think about this as a genuine deal and with the proceeded with ascend in ubiquity of more established Seiko’s, costs will unquestionably keep on rising. In case you’re after a running model that may have just had its wabi’d hands or messed up bezel embed supplanted, 7002’s can frequently be found at swap meets or on spots like Craigslist for just $50. Simply request Garage Sale Gerard as he’s discovered a number from cool crude pieces that, while not totally right, give a high “grins per mile” feeling. I’ve seen him pair a wide range of natural lashes with these similarly endured watches and they punch well over their weight class looks wise.

The Seiko 7002 jumper is a commendable expansion to your vintage jumper assortment. It’s going downhill enough that most have built up a pleasantly matured look. Additionally, without a day show, it’s one of Seiko’s cleaner plans. Lastly, as we’ve referenced consistently, there’s a quick fix to be had here if the excitement of the chase for a legitimate one is your sack. Believe me, however, get your work done prior to purchasing, and maybe you will not need to go through three pieces prior to finding the correct example. Until sometime later…

Seiko 7002 Diver: Pepsi or not?

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