There are many vintage Seiko divers popular with collectors, and the legendary 7S26 – like this all original early 2000 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 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 quite reliable workhorse – with a power reserve of approximately 40 hours – and it 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.
2000 Seiko "Pepsi" 7S26-0020 (SKX009) Automatic Dive Watch, w/Seiko Manual
DIAL: Brilliant original dark blue dial, with some quite nice lume patina. Spanish/English variants for day and date, with original hands. Red font remains, a nice touch as this usually fades to an off yellow; naturally, lume shines brightly.
BEZEL: Original insert, ratchets counterclockwise with click.
CASE: Original 42.5mm (w/o crown, 44.5mm with) x 45mm stainless steel case in great condition. Matching original signed caseback. Pepsi bezel insert is flawless, never an easy find.
CRYSTAL: Flawless hardlex crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: 22mm light brown leather strap, with Pepsi-colored accent stiching - a nice complement to the classic diver nature of this Seiko 7S26. This Seiko diver also comes with a premium black nylon NATO strap, with heavy duty brushed stainless steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original 21-jewel Seiko 7S26 mechanical automatic movement, manufactured in April 2000.
CROWN: Original unsigned stainless steel screwed-down crown.