We don’t get scorn mail regularly at Fratello Watches, yet we got it when I composed an article about the 1978 Seiko 7549 “Brilliant Tuna” . I was outrageously excited about it – and still am – yet there were the individuals who wanted to share some hostility identified with my affection for a watch with a battery or, all the more by and large, how I waxed endlessly about how a watch can or can’t have character. So be it. On the last point, on the off chance that you don’t care for finding out about “interfacing” with one’s watch, proceed to peruse the Economist or Consumer Reports. Related to this, with regards to Quartz developments, while they may do not have the requirement for the proprietor to cooperate with the watch on a close to consistent schedule, they have their place in watch history and there are numerous kinds of quartz. Thus, console muscle heads, in case you’re a battery hater, proceed onward to another site now from this point forward in this article, we will talk quartz once more. Still here? Great… I think – in light of the fact that we’re not going to discuss any old quartz, we will talk about a Seiko 7A28 – the world’s first simple quartz chronograph. Also, to tighten it up a score, we’re not discussing any old 7A28. Today, we’ll profile the ultra alluring Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer.
Let’s move this: the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer is one of the brand’s most alluring vintage watches. That may sound entertaining for a company saturated with mechanical history and one with a particularly huge back list, yet it can’t be denied. At the point when you get some information about the top vintage pieces they’d prefer to possess, a large group of jumpers, chronographs, Grand and Seiko’s will surely advance toward the rundown, yet the Yacht Timer quite often discovers its way in there. Also, the entertaining thing is, except if you’re a genuine unpredictable and are after rarities like the 1970’s Astron or things like the H558 Ana-digi “Arnie”, the Yacht Timer is frequently the lone quartz that makes the rundown. There’s a purpose behind this and it’s not its imaginative development; the watch is irrefutably appealing, and regardless of what is most important to it, I discover it to be a standout amongst other looking chronographs set on our planet.
For sure, as the principal simple quartz chronograph, the Seiko 7A28 and any of its large number of variations has a spot ever (head to find out about certain realities). I discover instances of 7A28’s in indexes from 1983 on the fabulous and the development appeared to warrior on for a decent 7-8 years.
During this period, greater usefulness was fabricated onto the development to make extra variations; we examined one such illustration of a more complex adaptation of this development when we profiled a 7A38 (containing day and date usefulness) and there’s no uncertainty that this development was a distinct advantage. It carried simple refinement alongside quartz exactness. It estimates split planning and the upper right register flies around with 1/20th of a second exactness when the upper right pusher is discouraged. Gracious, and the 7A-arrangement weren’t expendables. They could be overhauled and oiled demonstrating that these watches weren’t little organic entities with PCB’s inside. The 7A28 and its posterity appeared to trooper on for a decent 7-8 years prior to being supplanted with intriguing, yet more affordable (and now, less alluring) quartz chronographs.
Here once more, we investigated a later simple chronograph when we evaluated the present watch’s replacement – the 8M35 Yacht Timer – an undeniably more reason assembled piece for mariners. In any case, authorities have paid heed to the 7A28’s believability and whether you’re up for a 7A28, 38 or the wild 48 with moonphase, costs have crawled up – particularly for the sportier impeccable models. Thus, why, maybe alongside the fiercely style Giugiaro-styled Aliens pieces or the RAF 7A28-7120, does the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer address the cream of the crop?
As referenced, love for the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer truly comes down to its looks. Presented in 1982/3 at a cost of 35,000 Japanese Yen and just worked for a couple of years (in light of my examination the watch vanished from inventories post-1985), the Yacht Timer was fitted with a globule impacted hardened steel case in 40mm with 20mm carries (thank you Seiko for making it simple – for once). Its case contains some sensibly complex chamfering on its sides that incline internal to meet a cleaned bezel. These slim, end-bended, stick drags basically stick out of the case, and wind up being a superbly straightforward plan that, maybe, summons 1940’s field watches.
Seiko utilized a genuinely wide assortment of case plans on the 7A28 arrangement and the mass were combined with a considerably seriously confounding exhibit of dials. With the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer, however, there’s just a single other variation that pre-owned its case and that is the uncommon, dark PVD-covered 7A28-7140 Bridgestone Motorsport version. The way that this case was basically saved for the Yacht Timer makes it even more unique in my eyes.
Aside from the case, an exceptional detail on the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer is its pushers. Likely picked for their strategic helpfulness, the watch contains some gigantic pushers on both the privilege and left sides. For regattas, I can envision that the beginning/stop button on the upper right and the split planning pusher on the upper left would be the two most utilized capacities on the watch, so it bodes well that these are larger than average versus the crown on the lower left and the reset pusher on the lower right. Some say this gives the watch a bullhead look, yet that wouldn’t have come to my see any problems except if I’d read it. No, I discover the Yacht Timer to be superbly lopsided and very instrument-like. The way that these large pushers are added to an exceptionally thin case misrepresents the view further. Once more, incredible stuff from Seiko and afterward, there’s the dial.
If the other plan highlights on the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer are at any rate outstanding, at that point the dial is the genuine champion. On the off chance that you recorded the entirety of its detail ascribes, you wouldn’t come up with many. Indeed, if not for that superb eruption of shading that characterizes the 9:00 minutes sub register, you could portray the watch as plain.
But that wheel made of substituting light and imperial blue “pies” when combined with a yellow hand adds barely sufficient tone to make this piece a genuine looker. The lone other remarkable inclusion of shading is the utilization of light blue for the “Yacht Timer” name beneath the Seiko name. Something else, Seiko utilized dark imprinting on this white dial and picked a white inward bezel with minutes track. Applied, chrome plated files are found all things considered lists with lume on the exterior. Slight dark hands with lume inside show the time and an unbelievably thin needle hand with a lumed bolt tip checks the seconds once the chronograph is engaged.
A take a gander at the screw-down case back of the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer shows us the delicate wave in lieu of the more genuine wave found on Seiko’s jumpers. A brief glance at a 7A28 manual online reveals to us that this watch is water impervious to 30M. That probably makes it fine for ocean splash or drenching during dynamic cruising, yet that is about the restriction of openness to the components I would’ve considered for this watch had I possessed it from new. We additionally see the model number, chronic number (this one is from May 1983, despite the fact that I’ve in part darkened a portion of the numbers) and the beautiful Suwa symbol.
Speaking of possession, I purchased this Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer in Japan about a year prior. I had won the watch on the web two or after three days, I went to a occasion in London and really had the opportunity to deal with one of these interestingly. The involved experience affirmed that purchasing the watch had been a decent decision. At the point when I purchased mine, however, I realized it required some genuine work. It came as a head-just piece (the watches initially went ahead an elastic lash with huge meeting style openings all through) and the level mineral glass precious stone was truly damaged. The watch kept time, yet none of the chrono catches worked and the chrono hands were stuck in some odd positions. Fortunately, as referenced, 7A28 developments can be fixed and the gem was a $5 fix. This 7A28 really required another “E-module” which was found and dropped into the case.
When I’m taking a gander at this Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer on my arm, it presents perfectly. It looks incredible on an assortment of lashes – I like this rough ColaReb tie that Balazs gave me – and the watch looks extraordinary on the wrist. It’s under 12mm thick and feels as though nothing is being worn. The condition, generally speaking, is truly pleasant, however a more intensive look shows a hint of seeping on a portion of the text style, so I am speculating that the very dampness that caused this probably singed the first E-module. It doesn’t trouble me, however, as the Yacht Timer’s are uncommon, uncommon, uncommon. Truth be told, I’d wager that not exactly a small bunch of them come available to be purchased every year – and I’m moderately sure about saying this as I track them semi-seriously.
I recollect 3-4 years prior, a Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer would hinder one about $450 and that was a huge load of cash for a quartz Seiko. Today, I’d surmise that respectable pieces start at around $800 and go up to the $1500 mark. The way that some 7A28’s can in any case be had for $200 or so gives you a thought for how dearest these Yacht Timers are to collectors.
If I haven’t persuaded you to check out this quartz watch, ideally you can appreciate its looks and interesting plan qualities. As far as I might be concerned, this piece will impart time to my mechanical gems.