There are many vintage Seiko divers popular with collectors, and the legendary 7S26 – like the 2001 example here – 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 a stainless-steel jubilee bracelet, nylon ZULU strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
2001 Seiko 7S26-0020 (SKX007) Automatic Diver, w/Manual
DIAL: Crisp black Seiko-signed dial, with Spanish/English day variants. Red font has faded to a yellow hue, common for these Seiko divers - naturally, lume shines brightly.
BEZEL: Black bezel insert in good condition, 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: Stainless-steel aftermarket jubilee bracelet, which will fit an approx. 8.75 inch wrist. This Seiko diver also comes with green and red nylon ZULU strap, with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: 21-jewel Seiko 7S26 mechanical automatic movement, manufactured in December 2001.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel screw-down crown functions as designed.