There are many vintage Seiko divers popular with collectors, and the legendary 7S26 – like the new-old stock (NOS) 2015 example here, with its inner/outer box, instructions, and filled out matching warranty card – is one of these. With good reason, the SKX007 continues to have a tremendous cult following, despite Seiko's odd decision to discountinue these legendary divers in 2018.
The design of this 7S26 is classic and simple, with immediate evidence of those that came before it, namely the instantly recognizable Seiko 7002 automatic, 7548 quartz, and even the famous 6309 diver. Its automatic movement is tough and reliable – during its heyday, it was also popular with various armed forces for this same reason, despite the widely held (false) assumption that military personnel only wear military watches issued to them.
Seiko’s 7S26 was the logical step in its mechanical movement line, which debuted in 1996 to replace the 7002 in Seiko’s popular dive watch line. The 7S26 incorporates quickset day and date displays, and automatic bi-directional winding via Seiko’s patented Magic Lever system.
This Seiko diver comes with its original Seiko rubber dive strap, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
NOS 2015 Seiko 7S26-0020 (SKX007) Automatic Diver w/Box, Paperwork
DIAL: Crisp black Seiko-signed dial, with Spanish/English day variants. Red font remains vibrant, with no fade - naturally, lume shines brightly.
BEZEL: Black bezel insert, bezel ratchets counterclockwise with satisfying click.
CASE: Stainless-steel case measures 38mm (w/o crown, 41.5mm with) x 44mm. Matching signed caseback.
CRYSTAL: Flawless hardlex crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: Original 22mm rubber Seiko dive strap - a nice heavy duty complement to the classic diver nature of this Seiko 7S26. This Seiko diver also comes with nylon NATO strap, with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: 21-jewel Seiko 7S26 mechanical automatic movement, manufactured in August 2015.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel screw-down crown functions as designed.
This NOS Seiko SKX007 includes its original inner and outer box, sealed instructions, and filled-out warranty card.