Travel back with me to October 2012 to, out of every other place on earth, Fukuoka, Japan. I’d been to Japan commonly yet truly just to Tokyo, yet work had taken me toward the Southern piece of the country and I was eager to see something other than what’s expected. Indeed, it was distinctive somely, however from multiple points of view, the litter of little eateries, gadgets stores and, normally, a large baseball arena helped me to remember the country’s largest city. In any case, it was here, subsequent to experiencing the run of the mill “camera shops” for such countless years and appreciating brands like Seiko, Orient, Casio, and Citizen that the bug at last messed with me. It’s difficult to accept, yet it was during this excursion that I purchased my first new Seiko and it was, and is, a one of a kind one. Today, how about we investigate the restricted version Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna.
As referenced, I’d been visiting Japan on a moderately, how about we call it yearly, reason for a decent 3-4 years and I generally ended up meandering the camera shops like Bic or Yodabashi. I’d take a gander at the Swiss watches, can’t help thinking about why the Grand Seikos were so desired, and eventually purchase a Casio Frogman or some G-Shock that I was unable to get in Europe or the USA. However, by one way or another, and I have no memory of how, I got myself online in mid 2012 taking a gander at pictures of early Seiko jump watches. I cherished the vibe of watches like the 6105 “Skipper Willard” and even the 62MAS , however the first 6159 Tuna was so distinctive to anything that I had at any point looked at that I chose to find a more up to date one during my next outing to Japan. All things considered, the vintage 6159’s were truly hard to source in the West and I thought minimal about how to look in Japan (read more here for how I tackled that issue). Yet, what might I buy?
At that time, one truly had four essential options while thinking about a Seiko Tuna ( offers a brilliant survey of all thing Tuna). At the best quality, there was the all dark programmed “Sovereign” Tuna SBDX011 with 1000m of water obstruction. I at last added one of these, yet at well more than $2,000 at that point, it was excessive for my initial attack into the species.
Then, there was the all dark quartz “Darth” Tuna SBBN013 bragging a similarly noteworthy 1000m water opposition and coming in at around 70-75% of the expense of the programmed. It was still excessively expensive – all things considered, who pays that much for a quartz? Indeed, I had a long way to go about Seiko.
And at that point, there were the 300m quartz renditions, either with an impeccable (ref SBBN017) or dark decorated bezel (SBBN015).
These came in well beneath $1,000 relying upon the estimation of the Japanese Yen and, notwithstanding my descending look at being battery-fueled, appeared to earn a ton of online commendation for their fabricate quality and vigor. These last watches appeared to be a decent spot to begin. So how could I come upon a crackpot like the Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna? More on that in a minute.
As a short aside, it’s significant that the Marinemaster Tuna assortment I portray above, comprehensive of the Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna, made up a truly pleasant tight assortment from the brand. The four standard creation models were delivered simultaneously in this structure for quite a while and their replacements proceed on today, however for certain remarkable updates. The assortment that was accessible up until approximately three years prior contained hands suggestive of the first 6159 Tuna and for a ton of authorities, that is huge. Besides, the more established pieces managed without coatings like DiaShield and accompanied the stiffer polyurethane lashes. The level dark coatings, particularly on the covers, bring the higher profundity evaluated dark pieces somewhat more into line with more seasoned models. I don’t say this to decry the current setup of Tunas – I particularly love the two-tone adaptation offered today – yet the previous arrangement feels like one that gatherers are beginning to consider. They’re the remainder of the old plan, yet they’re completely current regarding execution.
Returning to Fukuoka and Japan when all is said in done, I think we’ve talked about the country’s fixation on restricted version items. On the off chance that we haven’t, indeed, the enslavement is downright shocking. Think about that Pepsi items, for certain genuinely terrible sounding flavors, that are delivered month to month and in a restricted design, are frequently welcomed with enormous lines. Additionally, stores frequently state have signs outside asking the individuals who stay outdoors for the time being for a restricted version item to kindly regard neighbors who are likely attempting to snooze close by condos. Indeed, the otaku in Japan go crazy for most things restricted. Furthermore, with that, it was a shock to me when I chose to search for a 300m Tuna that I unearthed the restricted version Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna. It was staying there in the Prospex part of a Bic camera shop close to the ordinary 300m Tunas and a couple other “Golgo 13-themed” Seikos. On the off chance that you don’t have the foggiest idea what Golgo 13 is, don’t feel awful, as I didn’t all things considered. In any case, I loved the restricted idea of the watch (hello, I was in Japan) and, by and large, the aesthetic.
It turns out that Duke Golgo, star character of the famous comic book, or manga, arrangement Golgo 13 merited a bunch of watches in a joint effort with Seiko, or possibly somebody suspected as much. It’s a stretch, yet it sort of makes a perfect companion to my Omega Speedmaster “TinTin” in case we’re on the comics topic. In finding out about the character, he’s clearly a hired soldier for enlist who puts everything in order. Think about a “available” James Bond and I suppose you wouldn’t be excessively far off. In any case, to commend the character, Seiko came out with a restricted arrangement of four watches. You had the fish, a programmed Landmaster on a Bund lash (it was enticing, however I was unable to wander), a motor chronograph and afterward an odd computerized watch. The subject was something like land, ocean, air and office (perhaps???) for that advanced example. The Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna alongside the others were done in subtle all-dark PVD-covered cases and highlighted just white and a hint of what I’d call dim pink on the dial. I assume there’s some Golgo subject in the tone choices.
The Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna, made in a bunch of 500, contrasts dial-wise from the typical 300m adaptations with dim pink lines on the dial that are intended to inspire the line of sight of an expert marksman scope. Duke strangely foregoes the utilization of a long-range rifle in the books in return for his weapon of decision, the M-16. Hello, why shoot somebody once when you can strip off heaps of rounds immediately? I stray… The whole case is covered in a gleaming PVD that looks pretty smooth, yet is a genuine magnet for fingerprints. Another cool detail of note is the dull pink bolt at the highest point of the bezel. That bezel, in case you’re intrigued, is uni-directional and clicks with weighty accuracy. Lash astute, the Golgo Tuna comes furnished with the solid as-hellfire elastic tie and PVD-covered clasp and attendant. You can see that I traded that with 22mm dark cross section. The last bears the “Golgo 13” logo. While I don’t typically think often about bundling, and with Seiko – it’s ordinarily utilitarian regardless of the value; the brand went all out on this restricted release. Inside a dark cardboard box bearing the Golgo logo sits a vinyl-shrouded case that includes a chrome covered opening catch. When opened, the watch lays in a froth knitted box. For any individual who claims long firearms or has watched “the Day of the Jackal“, this is a truly cool portrayal of a weapon case. Along these lines, while the bundling actually stops up space in a cabinet, it’s top notch and a truly pleasant touch.
If you’ve never taken a stab at a 300m Tuna and love the look however are worried about its large 47mm case, you deserve to try one out. Hell, they even fit me. These watches are entirely little and with a case thickness that sensibly sits in the 14mm territory (it finishes out over 15mm when you consider the tidal wave logo and the focal point of the somewhat domed Hardlex precious stone), they wear much better than one would envision. The case contrasts on Tunas, for example, on this Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna, aren’t so natural to spot from online pictures. I compare them to ages of the Star Trek USS Enterprise (I love that banner, incidentally) where all the renditions are connected, yet they’re simply unique enough. Per model, in contrast to the larger 1000m Tunas, the more modest adaptations contain drags that broaden marginally from the case and incorporate penetrated openings. This makes the expansion of, say, a lattice band like you have here, a NATO, or even a typical lash undeniably less off-kilter than on the huge boys.
The Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna houses the unbelievable 7-gem 7C46 quartz development. This development has been around since the 1970’s it’s actually utilized today. It really sits inside the more costly 1000m forms too and is known to be incredibly vigorous and exact with greatest addition/deficiency of 15 seconds out of every month. It’s additionally unfathomably effective with batteries frequently enduring over 5 years (mine is as yet going). The marked screw-down crown hacks the development, sets the time and permits the client to change the day (between English or Japanese kanji) and date. There’s little quarrel here and it basically works.
I like the appearance of the Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna and I’m happy I gotten it, yet I by one way or another believe that a typical 300 Tuna would have seen more use at this point. I’m somewhat hesitant to chip this one and the tones are somewhat less reasonable for ordinary use. In any case, it’s an interesting looking watch and the quality is certainly there. To the extent the purchasing experience, it was genuinely bizarre. There I was, addressing a sales rep that lone communicated in Japanese and we some way or another got by. The more amusing part was that the watch just continued getting less expensive. In the first place, it was on an uncommon advancement and afterward I saved another 5 or 10% by utilizing a Visa card. I at that point saved 6% on VAT with my identification and afterward they tossed in a completely abnormal, not all that manly, cloth (because of Visa, once more). It was an amicable and exceptionally Japanese exchange that injury up at around 79,000 JPY: not awful for a watch that retailed for 126,000 JPY! Ok, and I got a couple limited time leaflets that Seiko made particularly for this watch since I’m that sort of geek. At that point, the Golgo sold on eBay for about $1,200 so this one was apparently very much purchased. Today, a couple are recorded that range from $2,000 – 3,600. I’d question that there are takers at that cost, however who knows?
Since purchasing the Seiko Marinemaster 300 Golgo Tuna, I’ve proceeded to add 3 additional Tunas (alright, one more is in transit) and they’re effectively among my number one watches. They’re for the most part unreasonable, massively polarizing, however so darn special. The Golgo may not see a ton of wrist time, however I figure it will consistently stay in my assortment. All things considered, it was my first…