More evidence the 1960’s and 1970’s were a golden era for Seiko is evident in its long-running 700X line – such as the example here, the 7005-8052 "Poor Man's 62MAS."
The Poor Man's 62MAS gets its nickname due the strong resemblance of its dial and shared hands to Seiko’s first true dive watch, the 150 meter rated 6217-8000/1, which is better known as the Seiko 62MAS (autoMAtic Selfdater). Above said, once in hand (rather, on the wrist) it’s quickly apparent that this 7005 is no “Poor Man’s” anything.
Seiko's 700X line debuted in 1969 and was produced until the 1990’s, when it was replaced by Seiko’s famed 7S26 line. 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 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.
This 7005 comes with a canvas strap, nylon NATO strap, spring bar tool, and had plastic travel case.
1973 Seiko 7005-8052 "Poor Man's 62MAS" Automatic Watch
DIAL: Matte black Daini-signed Seiko dial with polished marker frames and a date window; date function works as designed.
CASE: Stainless-steel cushion case measures 39.5mm x 44mm, with matching caseback. Coin edge bezel rotates smoothly in either direction, and the glossy black insert is in phenomenal condition showing only the slightest wear.
CRYSTAL: Acrylic domed crystal, small scratches.
BAND: 18mm canvas camo strap, with leather backing and stainless steel hardware. This 7005 also comes with a black nylon NATO strap – both are great sporty complements to the vintage nature of this Seiko automatic.
MOVEMENT: Seiko 17-jewel 7005A automatic movement, beating at 21,600 bph, manufactured in April 1973.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel crown is almost entirely recessed.