There are many vintage Seiko divers popular with collectors, and the legendary 7S26 – like the mid-1997 here, with manual and guarentee paperwork – 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. 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 is a logical step in its mechanical movement line, which debuted in 1996 to replace the 7002 in Seiko’s popular dive watch line. This 7S26 incorporates quickset day and date displays, and automatic bi-directional winding via Seiko’s patented Magic Lever system. The 7S26 automatic movement is a reliable workhorse, and runs at 21,600 beats per hour.
This Seiko diver comes with a leather strap, premium NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool. Of important note, also comes with the Seiko 7S26 manual.
1997 Seiko "Pepsi" 7S26-0020 (SKX009) Automatic Dive Watch, w/Seiko Manual
DIAL: Brilliant dark blue dial, with some quite nice lume patina. Arabic/English variants for day and date, and the red font has faded to a reddish-orange color, common with these. Naturally, the lume shines brightly.
BEZEL: Pepsi bezel insert, with some great wabi, ratchets counterclockwise with click.
CASE: Stainless-steel case measures 42.5mm (w/o crown, 44.5mm with) x 45mm in great condition.
CRYSTAL: Flawless hardlex crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: Quality aftermarket stainless-steel bracelet, which closely resembles the original - links are tight and will fit up to an eight inch wrist. A 22mm dark blue and gray nylon NATO strap is also included - a nice complement to the classic diver nature of this Seiko 7S26.
MOVEMENT: 21-jewel Seiko 7S26 mechanical automatic movement, manufactured in July 1997.
CROWN: Unsigned stainless steel screwed-down crown.