Ah late spring, it’s at last authoritatively here in spite of the way that it’s been truly hot all through the greater part of northern Europe for the most recent few months. With Summer comes get-aways and that implies that a large portion of us will advance towards the sea shore or possibly an invigorating pool. What’s more, what watch to wear? The normal reaction is a jump watch, that easygoing classification of watch that can deal with the water simply as the buildup dribbling from the glass of a poolside mixed drink. In any case, suppose you’re a genuine vintage nut and the prospect of wearing the equivalent more up to date (read: watertight) jumper for 1,2 or 3 weeks straight sounds ordinary, at that point we have a few proposals. In the present article, we’ll head back 50 or so years, so conciliatory sentiments in advance, they will not be modest. In any case, hello, nobody goes through cash like when they’re holiday. Welcome to the 60’s vintage jumper shootout highlighting Rolex, Omega, Seiko and Doxa, a two-section article zeroed in, first, on current realities and, second, on our musings about these awesome watches.
We’ve talked about the 60’s as the brilliant time for scuba plunging and the way that the distraction turned out to be more far reaching. There were scads of brands getting into the demonstration of preparing a type of plunge watch and thinking back, some were a greater amount of a demonstration than others. Numerous brands didn’t endure and some presently look comically hazardous to trust while attempting to time a plunge. Obviously, there were different degrees of jump watch, yet the present 60’s vintage jumper shootout centers around pieces more adept for the expert, or if nothing else implied for somebody who wanted to utilize them oftentimes under the surface. Also, since these are altogether exemplary collectibles, it’s currently satisfactory for them to double-cross their device goals and to appear under a long-sleeved shirt. Obviously, wearing them with your #1 Hawaiian shirt will fill in as well.
For our 60’s vintage jumper shootout, I picked four watches that, as far as I might be concerned, characterize the vibe of jumpers from the center to later piece of the decade. Two are evident decisions while the leftover two are a touch more erratic. All the more to be perfectly honest, the decisions of a Rolex and an Omega are clear: the choice of a Seiko and a Doxa maybe less so. Up several years prior, the Seiko and Doxa would host been valeting vehicles at a get-together held by Rolex and Omega, however time and more profound interest in these brands have served to change assessment. Besides, and this goes for all brands, it helps that these watches have an advanced partner. How about we meet the competitors .
The Doxa SUB 300 Searambler
If you read Fratello Watches to some degree consistently, at that point you’re no more odd to the Doxa SUB. It’s a watch that bodes well for our 60’s vintage jumper shootout since it was noteworthy for its time plan astute, in its usefulness, and the way that one Jacques Cousteau had some contribution with the brand (alright, he was associated with pretty much every brand). Doxa was a vital supporter of the helium discharge valve (HRV) development close by Rolex and their presentation of an orange-dialed jumper stirred up the foundation. For the present comparison, we have the soonest of the SUBs and that is a supposed “No T” dial with a thin case. This dazzling piece was made for precisely one year, 1966, preceding it was supplanted with a comparable yet less smooth plan. Doxa made the previously mentioned orange dial form, the Professional, a dark variation, the Sharkhunter, and this silver release, the Searambler.
This Searambler has experienced its speeds and might be natural to some who are dynamic on Instagram. Despite the fact that I procured it to some degree as of late, I passed on purchasing this very watch practically three(!!) quite a while back. The fundamental hands have been relumed, I cleaned up the orange pieces on the bezel, the precious stone and crown aren’t unique and somebody decided to clean the case pleasantly however wrongly – there shouldn’t be any sunburst completing or an angled edge.
Furthermore, the case back shows up in the event that somebody ran a reamer around the logo and, subsequently, the chronic number is no more. Yowser! Ordinarily, I’d flee, not walk, away from a watch with these imperfections, however they’re elusive in unique condition as so many were worn for their expected reason. It’s a survivor and now it’s my survivor.
- 5mm breadth pure case, 44.5mm carry to haul, 20mm drag width, 12.5mm thickness
- 300M water obstruction, acrylic crystal
- Doxa 118 type (ETA 2472) programmed, non-hacking, 21J, 18,000 bph, 42-hour power hold. Non-quickset date, yet flipping somewhere in the range of 10:30pm and 12:00 changes the date.
- Current day options: any current or the 2016 50th Anniversary restricted pieces (sold out, however accessible available) or the 2017 Limited Edition Black Lung (additionally, sold out)
The Omega Seamaster 300 166.024
Next up in our 60’s vintage jumper shootout is the incredible 2nd age Omega Seamaster 300 reference 166.024. This model was presented in 1967 with its “large triangle” at 12:00. It was made until around 1970 while this model dates to 1968. This is a profoundly collectible watch that is a genuine bear to discover in unique condition. Variations with and without date (165.024) exist with varying hands, dials and crowns all through the creation run.
The piece you see here is fit as a fiddle, yet I’d surmise that the “large triangle” saw somewhat of a final detail quite a while past. Everything on this watch illuminates uniformly under a dark light and grows dim simultaneously, so maybe tritium was utilized on the off chance that it was modified. Likewise, the light foundation date wheel was being referred to, however Omega leaflets show that this variation was made at some point.
- 42mm measurement impeccable case, 47.5mm drag to carry, 20mm haul width, 14.5mm thickness
- 200M water opposition, acrylic crystal
- Omega 565 type programmed development, non-hacking, 24J, 19,800 bph, 50-hour power hold. Quickset date.
- Current day options: Omega Seamaster 300 (more like the 1st age 300) and the
The Rolex Submariner 1680
A 60’s vintage jumper shootout wouldn’t be complete without a Rolex Submariner and because of the date highlight on the remainder of the combatants; we calculated a Sub Date was proper. The most punctual of those, on the off chance that we overlook the Double Red Sea Dweller, is the 1680 “Red” Submariner.
Introduced in 1969 and delivered in this appearance until approximately 1973, this is one of the more famous and collectible models from the marque. We investigated this watch on #TBT a year ago and it stays as a mainstream decision for my wrist. This piece is from 1970 and is unique and its solitary “blemish” is some absent lume on the candy of the breadth seconds hand.
- 40mm measurement pure case, 47mm carry to haul, 20mm drag width, 14.3mm thickness
- 200M water opposition, acrylic crystal
- Rolex 1575 type programmed development, non-hacking (until 1972), 25J, 19,800 bph, 48-hour power save. Non-quickset date.
- Current day options: in one or the other green or black
The Seiko 300M Professional 6159-7001
The outright dim pony in our 60’s vintage jumper shootout comes by means of one of our number one brands: Seiko. With the 6159-7001, we will investigate Seiko’s 2nd Professional jumper (the previously was the outwardly indistinguishable 6215 made for one year in 1967) delivered in 1968 and 1969. At the point when we dive into the subtleties, we’ll see that this watch is include rich, yet it was broadly or, rather, scandalously this model that made Seiko take a break from creating profound jumpers to build up the Seiko 6159 Tuna that appeared in 1975. The 6159-7001, it appears, wasn’t perfect, yet it’s as yet deserving of thought in our eyes.
This model from 1969 contains one change and that is a “Oppose” dial that is commonly considered as an assistance dial that may have been intended for creation had the brand kept on delivering this watch subsequent to naming laws changed in mid-1970. Oddly, regardless of a supposed “administration” dial, some Seiko fanatics search this out as an expansion to their collections.
- ~43.8mm measurement spotless monobloc case, 50mm drag to carry, 19mm haul width, 15.4mm thickness
- 300M water opposition, Hardlex mineral crystal
- Seiko 6159 type programmed development, hacking, 25J, 36,000 bph, 46-hour power hold. Quickset date.
- Current day options: Seiko SLA025 restricted version 6159 reissue and the “ended” Seiko Marinemaster 300 SBDX017
A speedy comparison of the specs shows a few similitudes, yet, as usual, the subtleties tally. Water protections vary as the pieces are either evaluated at 200 or 300M thus do the developments. We have an assortment of development frequencies and case styles as well.
Which piece will wind up asserting triumph in our 60’s vintage jumper shootout and will there be an unmistakable victor? Could it be from one of the anticipated and customary brands or from a relative upstart? Stay tuned as we’ll come back two or three weeks with our impressions and thoughts.
Update: Here’s the second piece of this shootout!
The Seiko 6159 Professional from 1968