There are many vintage Seiko divers popular with collectors, and the legendary 7S26 – like this new-old stock 2017 example here, with original outside/inside box, manual, tags, and even caseback sticker – 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.
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 SKX011J.
This Seiko diver comes with its original Seiko Z22 vent rubber dive strap, nylon NATO strap, hard plastic travel case, springbar tool, manual, box, and tags.
NOS 2017 Seiko 7S26-0020 (SKX011J) Automatic Dive Watch, w/Box, Manual, Tags
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 the SKX011J's correct unique gold accents - many a Seiko mod aficionado swapped these for original 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: Seiko Z22 rubber vent dive strap; this 7S26 also comes with a black and orange nylon NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: 21-jewel Seiko 7S26 mechanical automatic movement, manufactured in December 2017.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel screw-down crown.