One of the major draws of Seiko’s automatic dress watch line - like the all original early 1967 Seiko 7625 Seahorse here - were their amazingly simplistic dials and the figurative “elephant tusks” hands. All these singular features combine to form its single greatest aesthetic quality – symmetry.
The nearly invisible hidden crowns coupled with the sparse dial give it a simple, clean symmetrical style hard to find in a watch of any era or price range. All in balance.
Per Worn&Wound’s review of the 7625, “…one of the most affordable pieces we’ve covered to date. I can’t overstate it enough that if you’re even half considering a Seiko…grab one and you’ll be happy that something so inexpensive can be so nice. It’s a versatile watch that turns heads. Every time I post this watch on Instagram, I get loads of requests about the detail behind it…
If you’re not a vintage watch person, but are simply reading our site and want a classically styled legitimate timepiece, this is your invitation to stop shopping for watches in the J.Crew catalog – this Seiko is far better than a pricey NATO-clad Timex.”
Seiko used the rather reliable Calibre 7625 automatic movement in many of its Sportsmatic models during the same time period in the late 1960s, and movement production ran from the mid-to-late 1960's.
This Seahorse comes with a leather strap, nylon NATO strap, springbar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1967 Seiko 7625-8031 Seahorse Automatic Dress Watch
DIAL: Detailed Seiko-signed dark gray dial, which subtlety changes color to black depending on angle (making it quite difficult to photograph).
CASE: Stainless-steel case, measuring 35mm x 41mm, with original waterproof-signed caseback.
CRYSTAL: Domed acrylic crystal, most likely original.
BAND: This Seahorse comes with an original Seiko-signed beads of rice bracelet - while not the original Seahorse bracelet, it looks excellent on this 7625. It also comes with a dark blue, green, and white nylon NATO strap, with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original 17-jewel 7625 automatic movement, manufactured in March 1967, which beats at 18,000 bph. Seiko designed the 7625 movement with a limited quickset date (must be wound back to 9 PM and forward to midnight again to advance the date manually).