We go hands on with the Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830, an uncommon piece from 1964 that portends an undeniably more renowned Seiko.
I’ve referenced this multiple times, yet I’ll say it once more; it’s truly simple to wind up in a hare opening when perusing vintage Seiko models. The inquiry by and large beginnings with a particular objective, however those bartering destinations simply pull you in by presenting recommendations at the lower part of a given listing. Or, considerably really enthralling, simply type a couple of words into Google pictures and in a real sense a great many pictures appear, accordingly taking one’s once harmless list of things to get and transforming it into something the length of a piece of administrative legislation. Such is life and it’s how I discovered today’s Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830.
Vintage Seiko – The Options are Endless
It was an ordinary night and I was moving through postings on one of my number one Asian closeout destinations when one of those “bottom of the listing” proposals showed our included watch, the Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830. Now, you can envision that on a telephone screen, it was difficult to determine what this was without tapping on it and bringing things into center, yet I was quickly attracted to the lumed dim dial. obviously, when I tapped on it, I was eye to eye with what took after a dateless 62MAS, Seiko’s amazing first cut at a serious diver. But the Seahorse stirred up my interest since this model was created in September, 1964, about seven months preceding the presentation of the 62MAS. So, indeed, your creator is one who appreciates completing a subject, so the Seahorse must be purchased…and so it was.
A Little Bit of History
The Seahorse name probably started with Seiko in 1959 as a descriptor on a manual breeze Cronos model that included a screw-down case back and is considered by most as Seiko’s first waterproof watch (see more ). Rated to 50 meters, the Cronos took after a dress watch beside its more hearty case closure. In 1961, the Seahorse name wound up on automatics interestingly and water obstruction for the following quite a long while went from 30 – 50 meters in most cases. A brief glance under the Seahorse name on the previously mentioned Google pictures or eBay will raise scads of models with most, once more, looking like grave office watches. But there were plainly a few anomalies, for example, the Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830.
Finding great data, particularly in English, on Seiko before 1965 isn’t easy. Prior to this year, Seiko was utilizing an alternate chronic number show compared to the xxxx-yyyy framework that they actually utilize today. For sure, posing explicit inquiries on discussions will now and again yield extremely conclusive answers, however getting specs, for example, precious stone part numbers or in any event, finding transferred lists is a task that occasionally brings about a dead end. With this Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830, there’s not a ton out there in regards to the historical backdrop of the model other than expecting it was one of various dial varieties that were matched with this generally 37mm treated steel case with screw-down caseback.
A Precursor to the Famed 62MAS…
As referenced, what promptly attracted me to the Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830 was its dial. Many of different watches in this line have decent dials, yet they’re regularly silver or dark and need lume on both the dial and hands. Aside from feeling weak at the knees over early lumed dials on Japanese watches containing a pinch of water opposition, I truly needed to bring this piece home to compare one next to the other with the 62MAS and, as you can see from above, it’s directly in line.
Without a Date
The Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830 contains, in any event in my eyes, a marginally more obscure dim dial with sunburst impact when comparing it to its somewhat more youthful relative. It’s additionally enhanced with those recognizable rectangular records that contain trapezoidal lume plots. Here, beside showing some serious wabi-sabi, we get an additional one as the Seahorse fortunately shuns a date function. There’s no applied Seiko logo as on the 62MAS and all things considered, everything shows in white printed writing. I’m particularly attached to the tasteful Seahorse content above 6:00 as it adds the perfect measure of energy to the generally down-to-business looks. To balance the familial likeness to the 6217 jumper, the Seahorse utilizes similar rectangular hands and clear hand with lumed rectangular pip. As the vast majority of us appreciate the 62MAS, it’s elusive shortcoming with the vibes of this marginally more established watch.
Field Watch Looks
I surmise swimming or skin plunging was the planned reason for the Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830, or the entire Seahorse line besides, yet these days a watch like this fits the free definition for a field watch. With its thick carries, high domed acrylic precious stone, helpful water opposition, and screw-down case back, it appears to be more fitting for that kind of duty. Speaking of the case back, you’ll note that beside the date, this one has seen some genuine wrist time during its almost 55 years on the planet. Under the correct lighting, point, and amplification, the Seahorse name, logo and other data can in any case be found, however it’s not easy. Sadly, Seiko utilized some shallow engravings on the greater part of its watches during this period, so finding an all around saved case back is a genuine chore.
Seiko 6601 Caliber Automatic
The Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830 doesn’t leap out as 37mm – it looks a touch more modest because of the haul to dial extents – yet it wears beautifully. With what I believe is a totally matched 18mm burgundy shell cordovan lash, this is a striking watch that snatches attention. Inside, we discover the Seiko 6601 type programmed, which is a 17-gem development that runs at a relaxed 18,000 bph pace. The little flush-fitting crown at 3:00 is a certain giveaway that the Seahorse can’t be physically twisted, however it’s of little outcome in light of the fact that just getting this watch sets the development in motion.
Not an Easy Find…Or Cheap
Finding a Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830 isn’t simple and I saw not very many on the web to use as a premise of comparison when I was thinking about bidding. So, that’s an issue, yet these are likewise moderately costly for a watch you’ve presumably never seen. Whereas Seahorse models with a similar case, however various dials can be gotten for under $200 fit as a fiddle, figure on $750 – 1,500 for a piece with this dial. That’s not a little wad of cash, but rather the likeness to the 62MAS combined with the screw-down spotless case are the essential guilty parties at work.
There are other Seiko models including dials to some degree like the 62MAS, however some have chrome cases. We likewise investigated a 6619 reference with 62MAS hands, so there are unquestionably less expensive choices out there if you’re hoping to get forces of the notorious jumper without burning through thousands. As on account of this Seiko Seahorse 6601-8830, at times glancing erratically brings about discovering something special.