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, an all original brilliant blue-dialed 7005-7089. 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 midrange 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 watch servicing cheaper). The 7005 was date only, the 7009 a day/date, and the 7002A date only and with a different auto winding weight.
When comparing the 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.
This 7005 comes with two NATO straps, spring bar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1971 Seiko 7005-7089 Automatic Watch
DIAL: Original brilliantly blue Seiko-signed dial and applied hour markers. Date function works as designed.
CASE: Original 39.5mm x 41mm stainless steel case, with original caseback.
CRYSTAL: Acrylic domed crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: New blue 18mm NATO strap, with stainless steel hardware. This 7005 also comes with a second dark blue, white, and orange NATO strap – both are great sporty complements to the vintage nature of this Seiko automatic.
MOVEMENT: Original Seiko 17-jewel 7005A automatic movement, beating at 21,600 bph, manufactured in October 1971.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel crown is almost entirely recessed.