Every week, Gerard Nijenbrinks expounds on another watch that he will wear that week. This week, he is on a merited occasion and requested that I assume control over his week by week include for this one time. For this event, I needed to ponder what watch I’d be wearing for a whole week (with little special case for Tuesday). I chose to pick one of my watches that is somewhat of an odd fella. Tremendous, burdensome, vintage and a dark earthenware case. Right away, here’s week 18 of 52Mondayz.
Seiko 6159-7010 Grandfather Tuna
A few years prior, I was visiting a companion who lives in Geneva. He showed me this insane Seiko. Immense, dark and with a Grand Seiko based development (type 8L35). It was the Seiko Marinemaster 1000 reference SBDX011. The titanium case has an artistic cover and a crown situated at 4:30. Much to my dismay about the historical backdrop of this watch at that point. I just preferred the watch, however the sticker price of around 3000 Euro at the time held me back.
Blaming Mike and Jason
It wasn’t until I met with Michael multiple times, who certainly realizes his Seiko game, that I got to some degree fixated on the Tuna watches. In 2014, Mike composed this brilliant comparison article on the SBDX011 and the ur-Tuna, or Grandfather Tuna, reference 6159-7010. I discovered the 6159-7010 to be stunning, yet I concluded that I would go with the SBDX011 on the off chance that I would come across one.
Fast forward 2015. I was welcome to join the Seiko Media Experience trip (as they call it) that year, which I revealed about here , here and here (recommended perusing!). The excursion zeroed in on Grand Seiko, Prospex and the Astron GPS assortment. The Tuna is essential for the Prospex (‘Pofessional Specifications’) assortment, and Seiko coordinated that one of the first creators/engineers (Ikuo Tokunaga) was there to enlighten us regarding the Tuna and later models. One of different columnists who joined on that trip, was Jason Heaton (Hodinkee, Gear Patrol, Th Gray Nato). Jason was wearing his Marinemaster 1000 reference SBDX011 during that outing, and we traded looks for a day or something like that (I had my Marinemaster 300 SBDX001 with me).
During the introduction by Ikuo Tokunaga in Japan about the Prospex, it turned out to be obvious to me that I truly need a Tuna. I’d favor the vintage 6159-7010 model, yet I chose to make due with the SBDX011 (Marinemaster 1000) as that one would be simpler to source. So I thought.
During that time, the SBDX011 was simply being ceased and supplanted by the new Marinemaster 1000 SBDX013. That more up to date reference had a marked crown, a date at 4:30 rather than 3:00 and another silicon lash. There may be some more contrasts, however these were the principle ones I think. I attempted to buy one in Tokyo on the most recent day of the outing, however the shop where I discovered one couldn’t get me a fascinating arrangement. Nonetheless, when I was loading onto the plane back to Amsterdam on the following day, I lamented that I didn’t pull the trigger. It would be at difficult task to buy a Marinemaster 1000 in The Netherlands (or in Europe besides) as it was a Japan Domestic Model.
Once home, I wound up perusing Chrono24 and different sites just to discover that the watch was a 1000 Euro more costly here than in Japan. Other than that, truth be told, not many vendors were offering one BNIB. So how could I respond? Requesting from Japan would mean an extra 21% assessment on the watch, transporting costs (+ extra duty) and the traditions organization charge making it significantly more costly. As an issue that is finally too much to bear sort of activity, I visited eBay and attempted to check whether there was a SBDX011 on offer. There was, however with similar conditions as above. Either excessively costly or I needed to import one myself.
6159-7010 from Germany
I don’t precisely know why I did as such, however in the end I abandoned the SBDX011 and just composed in 6159-7010 in the eBay search box. Two watches sprung up. One external the EU (which implies insane expenses) and one from Germany. The Seiko 6159-7010 from Germany looked cool and the depiction said first proprietor and unique lash. I made the merchant a proposal for 2000 Euro including transportation and he concurred. A couple of days after the fact, I got a container with the watch enveloped by a German paper. The first lash was there, yet the elastic turned practically plastic and was entirely uncomfortable. I immediately requested the silicon lash of the SBDX013 at the neighborhood Seiko shop in Amsterdam (for an incredible 180 Euro).
The earthenware cover has a few stamps on it (the first proprietor utilized it for plunging), yet the dial looks overall quite the markers have matured pleasantly. The hands may have been supplanted eventually, yet they don’t lume any longer in any case. The Seiko 6159-7010 isn’t something I wear each day or regular, however it is a fascinating watch all things considered and gets some pleasant comments too. Notwithstanding, it stays to be a watch individuals aren’t acquainted with. Indeed, even the Seiko Boutique (during a Seiko occasion) didn’t remember it, just when I called attention to them that the watch was really on a banner in their shop being their first titanium jumper in 1975.
My Seiko 6159-7010 is really from 1975 dependent on the chronic number in the caseback, where the main digit portrays the creation year and the subsequent digit shows the month.
My desiring for the SBDX011 or SBDX013 has vanished when I got this Seiko 6159-7010, however after my excursion to Seiko in Japan I got marginally fixated on the Spring Drive development. One watch I might therefor unquestionably would want to add eventually is the Marinemaster 1000 with Spring Drive development. Mike expounded on his Spring Drive Tuna reference SBDB008 (black and gold) some time prior . Albeit that watch is restricted to 300 pieces and since quite a while ago sold out, I couldn’t imagine anything better than to purchase something comparative in the future.