This Week’s Klockklassiker-Seiko Diver

This series has largely been about the exclusive, exotic and often slightly more expensive. But what that might involve the most and most among Bell nerds are often the simple, affordable and, not least, lättmekad. Perhaps the clearest example is Beth diving models, which gathers many loyal enthusiasts and a small industry built around himself for modifications.

1964 Tokyo OLYMPIC GAMES and hosted the official timekeeper was domestic Seiko. The Japanese industry and society as a whole, were on the rise after the second world war and would soon be caught up with the country, as well as past the Western world with its technology. Seiko was a clear example–the company had begun to gain momentum and hung on the 1965 Seiko trend of locking system and high visibility which ran across the world with its model 62MAS, which is also called 6217, thanks to caliber. The clock itself was clean, simple, and it had the typical features that Fifty Fathoms watch, Submariner and made to the default appearance for locking system and high visibility that still holds true today; automatically works, dark painting with lysmassa in indexes and indicators, grinding wheel and the Crown at three o’clock. This model, resistant to 150, was the start of a development which took two paths–a series of the “regular” market (where sport divers, military, tough dudes and other “normal consumers” for locking system and high visibility was included) and a strict professional series, which we will come back to. The successor to the 62MAS on the common market was the model named 6105-a diver who came in 1968 and became more private in their appearance (a stuk as been around since then); among other Seikos characteristic positioning of the Crown at four o’clock. The model became a favorite, especially among soldiers who both got model assigned (for example, there are a number of example from the Swedish Navy, complete with markings) or chose to buy it yourself. Something that was common especially among American soldiers in Viet Nam. It was durable, waterproof and cost only half of a Submariner, prompting many to upgrade from the rudimentary service bells to a Seikodykare–something which was reflected in, for example, the Apocalypse Now where Martin Sheen wears a 6105.

6105 6105 in Apocalypse Now

In the mid-seventies swelled the case further (already under 6105-epoch had bells received a revision with clear meatier case) and bells was fitted with the new plant generation 6309. In Japan, there were the exclusive and advanced variant 6306, complete with stop second and manual tasks. In the early eighties it was designed for a more sleek version with a boettform that after a couple of kaliberbyten more or less unchanged, still exists today in the cult favorite and femtonåringen SKX007. A clock that is appreciated for its simple design and technology, its low price and, not least, a large selection of parts and services for modification (a fate that it shares with their older siblings). Sister model, the “Monster” is completely different in appearance, but is made up of the same proven basic technology, and is also popular as a base for imaginative constructions, which often resembles a lot of other, more expensive models–Bell the world’s wider, that is. The line has also received several new additions, all of which are affordable and fairly solid pieces that often serve as entry-level drug to heavier klocknörderi.

The professional line is a little different–it is not only considerably much more expensive (it’s not impossible with a power of 10 to …), but also clearly more technologically advanced and capable. Already in 1967 released a 300 m diver and 1975 came a 600 m-variant in titanium that when for the first time used in a locking system and high visibility. Both were equipped with works from Seikos premium line Grand Seiko. The line still lives there and includes one of the most interesting clocks from Seiko at all; Marinemaster 300 m (SBDX001), loved by many for its appearance, the high quality and the fine finish — a big, heavy piece with monocoqueboett and link with built in extension of the same type that we’ve seen in, for example, the Rolex Deepsea.



Mick Jagger with 6309

Modified SKX007

Exploded view 63096306.

Seiko Monster

Seiko Professional.