BB SEIKO DIVER! This piece (almost to a tee) was my first-ever mechanical watch. 'Twas with this beloved "ladies" diver that I learned how to wind a watch, set the time and date, and discovered my own body's power to keep it moving. I'm obsessed with this piece because of its size, its durability (she has weathered swims in both the Atlantic and Pacific) and history (see the "nitty gritty" below). This watch is shockingly chic. I wore it with a Polo button down, blue jeans, and my Gucci loafers to dinner in Martha's Vineyard, feeling like an old money preppy yacht-enthusiast who couldn't be bothered to pack a Rolly in his summer bag.
DATE OF BIRTH: June 1990 (a Gemini)
MATERIAL: Stainless steel
MOVEMENT: Automatic Caliber 4205
CONDITION: Excellent throughout. Dial original. Bezel insert is a later addition.
A stainless steel Seiko automatic diving watch on the original NOS rubber strap. This model is the smallest size that Seiko made in this diving range. Measuring in at 33mm across, not including the crown, this model was introduced more for the ladies market, at the time. However, being a thick case, thanks to the patented "Hardex" crystal, strong case, and thick coin edged bi-directional bezel, it wears larger than the size may suggest.
The design of this watch is iconic Seiko – the case has the screw down crown located at the four o'clock position with crown guard, aforementioned thickness and bezel design. The dial with arrow marker at twelve o'clock, sword and arrow handset, with lollipop sweep and red printed "water resist" surrounding the depth rating in silver, atop the Diani-Seikosha symbol. This represents the factory from which this watch was designed and produced. The screw back case also features the iconic Tsunami engraved design which represents the watch's ISO dive rating abilities, and was found only on their dive watches.
This charming watch is full of character and design detail that is very appealing. Many of these watches were powered by quartz movements; however, this more unusual example is powered by a caliber 4205 movement. Aside from being a higher quality offering, the sweep seconds hand moves at six times per second, as opposed to the more clunky one with the quartz alternative. Once fully wound, it should run for approximately thirty two hours, once taken off the wrist. The watch also features a "quick set" date changing function by pulling the crown out one step once unscrewed. The small date window is found to the left of the three o'clock marker.
This watch was made in June of 1990.
All watches are protected against mechanical failure under a 1 year warranty by Foundwell.