Seiko’s humble classic: The Great Blue series

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Some years ago my long time friend Eddie spoke of a Seiko watch that he had seen in a watch store and was pretty excited about it. I was at my infancy of watch collecting and had absolutely no idea what this watch looked like, much less his enthusiasm for this mysterious timepiece.

As fate would have it, one day we happened to be at a shopping mall and he pulled my arm towards a display window of a watch retailer. “There! That’s the one I was talking about!” he gushed in excitement.

I peered closely at the watch. It had a very dark blue dial, bordering on black and had an intricate grid lines on the dial, very much like the Mercator lines you’d see on a globe. “Ah, I see what you mean!” when I saw the intricate globe-like appearance of the dial and “The Great Blue”

So what’s interesting about the Great Blue series?


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Originally posted 2010-09-21 22:06:50.

Why You Should Not Buy From Replica Watch Sites

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It seems that online fake watch merchants have decided to spread their wings and expand their wares to include Seiko, Citizen and Casio watches. This subject actually surfaced in the Seiko & Citizen Watch Forum several times this year.

Personally, I couldn't care less about replica Swiss watches. There's a healthy market for them and people buy them as gifts, to try them out before deciding to buy the real thing, for safety reasons (they don't want to wear their genuine Rolex Daytona going to unsafe places or events) or just for pure fun. Heck, someday I might get myself a replica Omega Speedmaster automatic just for kicks! ;-)


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Originally posted 2008-12-25 00:39:00.

Citizen Nighthawk BJ7010-16F review

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Watch History

  • Date acquired: Apr 25th 2006
  • Production date: Sep 2005
  • Source: Gold Watch store, Pertama Complex
  • Price paid: MYR700 (approx USD202)
  • Status: In production

 

Background

I’m the sort of person who seldom buys watches on impulse unless the particular timepiece exerts a powerful influence on me that I had to go ahead and pull the trigger on one.

The saying goes like so: “a fool and his money will soon be parted”. Nothing could be further than the truth but in my case, I was a happy fool anyway! :-)

After owning my first ever Citizen Eco Drive – a Nighthawk BJ7017-59ET, a watch that I had procrastinated buying for years, the leather-clad BJ7010-16F needed no further introduction for me. I knew how lovable a Nighthawk could be once I got accustomed to its looks and err…quartz based movement.


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Originally posted 2009-01-28 22:48:00.

Seiko Prospex SBDC001 Scuba 200m review

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Watch History

  • Date acquired: Apr 21 2007
  • Production date: Mar 2007
  • Source: Higuchi Inc, Japan
  • Price paid: JPY47,000 (USD429)
  • Status: In production

    Background

    When stock photos of the SBDC-series divers first appeared on the Internet in early 2007, it created huge ripples in the watch forum communities. It caused widespread excitement and speculation among the Seiko diver watch fans. This was the watch that Seiko enthusiasts had been eagerly anticipating for a very long time. It wasn't just the fact that these were entirely new models, they were also the first Seiko divers based on the relatively new manual winding and hacking 6R15 automatic caliber.


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    Originally posted 2009-09-04 22:38:00.

    Seiko SKXA35 Diver’s 200m review

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    Watch History

    • Date acquired: July 31 2007
    • Production date: March 2007
    • Source: Seiko Company Store, Seattle USA
    • Price paid: USD140 (w/o shipping)
    • Status: In production

     

    Background

    This yellow faced Seiko divers' watch actually took quite some time for me to decide. Yellow is not my favorite color in a watch (orange is more acceptable) and I think most yellow dials are hard to read. It's neither white nor orange. It's probably an in-between hue. Perhaps the most positive point of a yellow colored watch is that it's very unique and striking on the wrist.

    It's not a popular color for a watch and that's probably why one seldom sees yellow dialed watches in the stores or on people's wrists. I was considering the black SKX173 7s26 diver but I already own two SKX007J divers. The SKX173, apart from its rectangular index markers and the lumed ball on the tip of the sweep second hand, didn't offer much difference from the classic SKX007 divers.

    What made me eventually choose the SKXA35?


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    Originally posted 2008-07-19 00:49:56.

    Seiko SKX011J Diver’s 200m review

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    Watch History

    • Date acquired: Oct 30 2005
    • Production date: Jun 2004
    • Source: Pokemonyu, eBay
    • Price paid: USD140 (w/o shipping)
    • Status: Possibly discontinued

     

    Background

    The SKX011J is the orange dialed 7s26-0020 diver from Seiko. It was first released in the mid 90s as the SKX011K, which was mostly probably targeted at the SE Asian market. The SKX011K has since been discontinued, while it's unclear as to why Seiko stopped making the "K" version, it may be possible that the model wasn't retailing too well.


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    Originally posted 2008-03-16 16:34:33.

    Seiko SKX007J Diver’s 200m review

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    Watch History

    • Date acquired: Jan 26 2005, Feb 22 2005
    • Production date: Nov 2003,
    • Source: Capital Mall, eBay
    • Price paid: USD98 (w/o shipping), USD140 (w/o shipping)
    • Status: In production

     

    Background

    The SKX007 is perhaps the most evergreen diver’s watch from Seiko. First introduced in 1996 to replace the 7002-series divers, it has become an icon of the quintessential Seiko diver. Eleven years on, this model is still sold by most authorized Seiko dealers worldwide to this day. The SKX007 became so popular that it spawned several models based on the 7s26-0020 caseback design.


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    Originally posted 2008-03-15 23:32:50.

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