There are many vintage Seiko divers popular with collectors, and the legendary 7S26 – like this 2010 example 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 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 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.
This Seiko diver comes with an aftermarket stainless-steel bracelet, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
2014 Seiko 7S26-0030 (SKX013) Mid-Size Automatic Dive Watch
DIAL: Brilliant black Seiko-signed dial, Roman/English variant day and date, and matching hands. Lume remains bright, following exposure to strong light.
BEZEL: Bezel insert remains in good condition, while the bezel ratchets counterclockwise as designed with a solid click.
CASE: Stainless-steel case measures 40.5mm x 45mm, and remains in good condition. Matching signed caseback.
CRYSTAL: Hardlex crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: Aftermarket Seiko-signed stainless-steel bracelet, which will fit up to an approx. 8.70 inch wrist. This 7S26 also comes with a black nylon NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: 21-jewel Seiko 7S26 mechanical automatic movement, manufactured in June 2014.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel screw-down crown.