There are many vintage Seiko divers popular with collectors, and the legendary 7S26 – like the all original late 2007 example sold here – is one of these. With good reason Seiko continues to sell these to this day, and it has tremendous cult following. Of significant note - Seiko discountinued 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 very reliable workhorse – with a power reserve of approximately 40 hours – and it runs at 21,600 beats per hour.This Seiko diver comes with its rubber dive strap, "seatbelt" NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool. Of important note, also comes with the 7S26 manual.
2007 Seiko 7S26-0020 (SKX007) Automatic Dive Watch, w/Manual
DIAL: Brilliant original black dial, with some quite nice lume patina. Spanish/English variants for day and date, with original hands. Red font had faded to the off yellow common with the early 7S26s; of course, lume shines brightly.
BEZEL: Original insert, ratchets counterclockwise with satisfying click.
CASE: Original 42.5mm (w/o crown, 44.5mm with) x 45mm stainless steel case in great condition. Matching original signed caseback.
CRYSTAL: Flawless hardlex crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: Original 22mm rubber Seiko dive strap - a nice heavy duty complement to the classic diver nature of this Seiko 7S26. This Seiko diver also comes with a black and gray high-quality "seatbelt" NATO strap, with brushed stainless steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original 21-jewel Seiko 7S26 mechanical automatic movement, manufactured in September 2007.
CROWN: Original unsigned stainless steel screwed-down crown.