Today, we investigate the Seiko SilverWave J12082, the absolute first jump watch from the observed Japanese brand.

I was as of late on my way back from a long Easter weekend in Bordeaux (where, shockingly, I’ll long recollect the world-beating experience of ingesting scavangers and shellfish over drinking wine), when I unearthed an audit of the new Alpine A110 sports vehicle on one of my number one locales: .  I’m utilized to clever, engaging articles on the site, however this one really struck me.  First off, the A110, from all that I’ve seen and perused, seems to be a by and large victor and one that comes from left field as most have their eyes on the Germans or Italians with regards to lightweight, tossable cars.  Secondarily, and furthermore strangely (despite the fact that we realize that Renault and Nissan are connected), the survey occurred in Japan around a portion of the lakes close to Mount Fuji.  And this article about a French vehicle in Japan, oddly, gave the motivation to today’s take a gander at the Seiko SilverWave J12082.

Seiko SilverWave J12082

A Simple Watch = The Best Watch

You see, I’d battle that the Seiko SilverWave J12082 – like a few other early endeavors at jumpers by Japanese brands that I’ve explored – is probably hopefully acceptable with regards to wearing a watch.  Like the previously mentioned A110, (and I’ll dial down from the auto comparisons instantly) it contains minimal that is pointless, it’s light, useful, moderately reasonable, and there’s a connect to Japan.  To me, that makes it almost perfect.

Another “Light” Early 60’s Japanese Diver

I never fully realize how fruitful I am in persuading you that something beforehand unheralded or undiscussed merits a look.  Our perusers are, if nothing else, somewhat capricious and you frequently comment when we wouldn’t dare hoping anymore saying nothing when the point appears to be overflowing for opinion.  So, with regards to mid 60’s Japanese light jumpers, I have no clue on the off chance that you like them almost however much I do, yet I’ll continue to show them as long as I find them.  Before we get into the Seiko SilverWave J12082, however, how about we recap where we’ve been on this odd minimal sub-kind excursion inside #TBT.

Divers Reviewed Thus Far…

It’s difficult to accept that I covered the Seiko SilverWave ref.697990 more than four years prior here.  In an odd move for Seiko, this watch was really delivered after the present Seiko SilverWave J12082 (post 1964) and shows cost-cutting moves, for example, decreased 30M water opposition and a snap-close case back.  Still, it’s one of my top choices because of its ideal estimating and clean looks.  Then, approximately a year prior, I got my hands on an extremely uncommon Citizen Auto Dater Uni ref.ADUS31201-T.  This 40M jumper is one strong watch and, sit tight for it, could very well be the most loved Japanese watch in my whole assortment – which at that point places it in the top level of most-cherished pieces overall.  It’s so wonderfully nitty gritty and feels definitely more costly than it is.  And at long last, this last piece doesn’t actually qualify as pragmatic, yet the huge Weekly Auto Orient King Diver  was audited with its genuine 42mm case, however absurd 50M of water resistance.  The watches contain a ton of likenesses – beside the senseless water obstruction levels &#8211, for example, applied lists and crown-impelled inside pivoting bezels.  Seiko, it appears, was the solitary brand to forego the run of the mill Super Compressor way of utilizing twin crowns and picked, all things being equal, for a solitary execute to do all the work.  Perhaps that’s because of the way that they utilized developments that can’t be hand wound.

The Seiko SilverWave J12082 – A First

The Seiko SilverWave J12082, unequivocally, is the brand’s first endeavor at a jump watch and for a brand that is ostensibly preferable known for its jumpers over some other class of watch, that makes this reference significant.  Throughout its moderately concise creation run from 1961 to 1964, the first SilverWave was offered with an assortment of dials.  Black dials, white/silver dials, dials with a special arrangement of sunburst lines (alluded to as Mark 1’s), and textual style changes feature a portion of the progressions that occurred.  Also, as portrayed in the present article, Seiko offered diverse shading inward bezels.  Regarding different facades and the developments, Seiko left these things steady for the 4 years.

The Debut of the Tsunami Case Back

While the Seiko SilverWave J12082 was the principal jump proposed piece with a turning bezel, the watch shared in any event one trademark with another model in the Seikomatic lineup.  Specifically, I discovered instances of the SilverWave’s 2-piece screw-down case back on a previous controlled yet lively model called the Cronos.  (You can see models here inside this .)  Where the SilverWave varies from the more grave Cronos, however, is in its presentation of the now-celebrated Tsunami motif.  Yes, this sign of Seiko jumpers has been around for almost 60 years!  Unlike current Prospex models with this image cast in help, it appears to be that Seiko decided to utilize something much the same as the silver wax found on scratch-off lottery tickets.  It’s incredibly fragile and, thusly, moderately uncommon to locate an early SilverWave with a minty case back.  You can see that one of mine is fit as a fiddle and that the reference number can be perused along its edge.  according to ordinary in the mid 60’s with Seiko, no chronic number is found outwardly case back of the watch – they’re within and I’ve not dismantled this one very yet.

I’ll concur that evaluating the Seiko SilverWave J12082 subsequent to investigating its replacement, is a piece in reverse, yet it took me some genuine effort to follow one of these – and afterward they came in multiples.  Still, it merits experiencing the details.  Similar to the later model, the 50M version contains a major furrowed crown intended to be utilized in either elusive (wet) conditions or conceivably with gloves.  It stands out pleasantly from the smooth all-pure case that comes in at 37mm and gives the watch a touch more visual haul than, say, an ordinary three-hand Seiko of the time.  (Of note, maybe it was somewhat harder to turn that bezel when the watch was new, however you’d be imprudent for utilizing this for in excess of an egg clock now.  The crown pivots effectively and, thusly, turns the bi-directional bezel.)  You’ll additionally discover applied silver markers with lumed square shapes at within edge of each.  Lume was definitely not something common for Seiko at that point, so when we see it on the three-sided hands and at the top marker of the inside bezel, it’s a certain sign that you’re seeing a watch with energetic intentions.  Another attractive quality of all early SilverWaves is the utilization of some flawless content on the dial.  I’m typically not an admirer of such a lot of composing, but rather it’s pleasantly done here with a genuine combination of styles and even a scramble of blue tone to indicate the water resistance.

The Cal.603 Became the 62xx

Inside the Seiko SilverWave J12082, we discover the Seikosha Seikomatic cal. 603 automatic.  It’s nothing super extravagant with its 20 gems and 18,000 bph recurrence, yet it was subsequently renamed as the 6201 and it’s the premise of all 62xx developments we know and love from watches, for example, the 62MAS and mid 6215 300 meter diver.  Like with most Seiko’s it can’t be hand twisted, however as is likewise the situation with most developments from this period, one just needs to get them to get them moving.  That’s really noteworthy, yet it makes keeping the watch at a photogenic 10:10 very troublesome – a first world issue indeed.

37mm – And Perfect

The Seiko SilverWave J12082 comes in at 37mm in distance across and generally 44mm long, so it’s an incredibly comfortable wear.  Whether on a lash or on the exquisite unique spotless arm band with spring stacked catch (for what reason don’t companies make these today?), it’s a decent look – and bored carries make changes simple.  It looks somewhat more modest than its comparably estimated 30M replacement because of various factors.  I measure the haul width at 18mm versus the later model’s 19mm, yet it’s more than that.  A tall acrylic precious stone with calculated sides and a level top get the size of the dial.  Plus, the inner pivoting bezel slants descending pointedly towards the dial and this makes things look smaller.  Finally, the actual drags are guilefully etched – there’s almost certainly that this watch was a more costly piece to make than the later form – and to some degree thin.  There are no negatives here, simply elaborate contrasts that amount to a more costly glancing watch in the 50M variation than what might come later with the 30M.

Clean Pieces are Hard to Find

Hunting an early piece like the Seiko SilverWave J12082 can be challenging.  I saw not many available to be purchased in the course of the last 5-6 years, however then a couple sprung up and I was sufficiently lucky to win them.  The piece on the arm band showed up with no guarantees and was clearly a one-proprietor watch from Japan, while the other accompanied a broke precious stone and declined to run.  A third piece is as yet in the spa, so how about we perceive what that looks like when finished.  You’ll take note of that every one of these has some dial staining and that is not uncommon.  The seals for these watches – particularly at the crown – crumbled over the long run and it’s not difficult to envision that day by day moves all through cool indoor spaces to the hot and moist let in some moisture.  Plus, let’s face it, they weren’t excessively water impervious to start with.  So, in case you’re out for an ideal piece, they’re out there yet you’ll require heaps of patience.  There are different things to keep an eye out for on these watches, for example, the case back condition.  Also, unique gems come up, yet rarely.  One of these pieces has a unique and the other has a secondary selling substitute that does a respectable job.  Also, if an inward turning bezel does not pivot anymore, it’s probably shot. On the positive front, the developments are profoundly useful as there are a lot of givers in presence on less alluring watches.

Final Thoughts

With valuing in the $500 – 1000 territory (and crawling upwards consistently), the Seiko SilverWave J12082 addresses a significant achievement in Seiko history as the primary jumper like watch.  More than that, however, it’s so exceptionally wearable as a regular watch and represents a watch that could be worn with about anything and, in its day (with a new arrangement of seals), could do about anything.  Perhaps that is the reason I compare it to a basic, energetic 4-chamber sports vehicle that feels great to use.  If that comparison doesn’t work for you, at that point simply trust me that this would be one of the seriously fulfilling, and down to earth, vintage purchases for your collection.