There are many vintage Seiko divers popular with collectors, and the legendary 7S26 – like this bright orange 2003 Seiko SKX011J here – is one of these. With good reason, Seiko was able to build a tremendous cult following around the SKX - of significant note, Seiko unwisely discontinued these legendary divers in 2019, immediately driving up demand due in part to its less than ideal successor.
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 a logical step in its mechanical movement line, which debuted in 1996 to replace the 7002 in Seiko’s popular dive watch line, and incorporates quickset day and date displays, and automatic bi-directional winding via Seiko’s patented Magic Lever system.
The orange dial variant was first released in the mid-1990s as the SKX011K, and was likely targeted at the South East Asian market - Seiko discontinued, for unclear reasons, the SKX011K in favor of its successor, the sought-after made in Japan SKX011J.
This Seiko diver comes on a Seiko jubilee bracelet, and with nylon strap, rugged travel case, and springbar tool.
2003 Seiko SKX011J (7S26-0020) Automatic Dive Watch
DIAL: Pristine Seiko-signed orange dial, Arabic/English variant day and date, and matching hands. Lume remains bright, following exposure to strong light.
BEZEL: Bezel insert features an authentic black Seiko SKX007 bezel - many a Seiko mod aficionado swapped the original SKX011J's unique gold accented bezel for these black Seiko SKX007 inserts (which didn't have the gold). Bezel ratchets counterclockwise as designed with a solid click.
CASE: Stainless-steel case measures 42.5mm (w/o crown, 44.5mm with) x 45mm; matching signed caseback with original caseback sticker.
CRYSTAL: Hardlex crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: Stainless-steel Seiko bracelet, which will fit an approx. 8.5 inch wrist; this SKX011J also comes with a black nylon strap.
MOVEMENT: 21-jewel Seiko 7S26 mechanical automatic movement, manufactured in May 2003.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel screw-down crown.