DCVW, Brennyn & Seiko Hats June 2018 Giveaway
1978 Seiko 7005-8010 Sportsmatic Automatic Watch,
w/Two NATO Straps & a Seiko Hat
DC Vintage Watches, Brennyn Straps, & Seiko Hats present a 1970's Seiko Sportsmatic automatic watch, presented with two Brennyn NATO straps and an awesome Seiko Hats red Seiko hat for our June giveaway.
On to the watch! More evidence the 1960’s and 1970’s were a golden era for Seiko is evident in its long-running 700X line – one of which is for sale here, the 7005-8160. The 700X line debuted in 1969 and was produced until the 1990’s, when it was replaced by Seiko’s famed 7S26 line. The 7005 line was a mid-range offering, which featured Seiko’s Magic Lever winding system, and allowed the automatic rotor to gather energy in a bi-directional fashion. Of note, the earlier versions of the 7005 line, like this one, did not suffer from plastic parts (which caused later models to suffer in terms of accuracy), and was all metal in construction.
The 700X line came in several sub-variants, which included the 7005 here, as well as the 7002, 7006, and 7009, all of which were almost identical and shared numerous parts in common (which also makes servicing easier). The 7005 was date only, the 7009 a day/date, and the 7002A date only and with a different auto winding weight. When compared 7S26 to the 7005, the lineage is more than a bit obvious. That said, there remains a lot in favor of the 7005, as the calendar mechanism of the 7005/9 was superior in design and construction and the overall quality of finish on the 7S26 is substantially lower than its predecessors.
DIAL: Original silver dial, with original hands. Day/date function at 3 o’clock position.
CASE: Original stainless steel case, with original caseback - 36mm x 42mm.
CRYSTAL: Acrylic crystal, no scratches.
BANDS: Two 18mm nylon Brennyn NATO straps.
MOVEMENT: November 1978 Seiko 21-jewel automatic movement.
CROWN: Original stainless-steel crown.
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Giveaway ends June 23rd, 2018