If you’ve been following #TBT, and Fratello Watches besides, for any time span, you’ve without a doubt seen that we’re enormous devotees of the Seiko Tuna arrangement of watches. Regardless of whether perusing Gerard’s history of the watches or filtering through quite a few model-explicit articles, our appreciation runs profound for these strangely molded, however particular jumpers. Thus, today, it’s with to some degree a clashing inclination that we’ve come to the furthest limit of our excursion on vintage “valid” Tunas with a glance at one of the brand’s best and well known variations, the Seiko 7C46 Golden Tuna. Try not to worry, we’ll be back with more love for the covered monsters, however those articles will zero in on the marginally less unadulterated forms. How about we investigate the remainder of the vintage Tunas, yet before we do, a recap is all together – and this incorporates vintage and modern.
The 6159 “Granddad Tuna”
Introduced in 1975, the historic 6159 “Granddad Tuna” presented the cover as far as we might be concerned today, brought full titanium development, a greetings beat development, and 600M of water opposition. I composed about it in perhaps the soonest article with Fratello and Robert-Jan nitty gritty two or after three years. This watch was underway until generally 1979.
The 7549 “Brilliant Tuna”
In a continuous journey for a definitive in exactness timekeeping, Seiko declared the 7549 Golden Tuna in 1978. With a quartz development, this new Tuna turned into the primary expert jumper running with such a heartbeat. Sound exhausting? It wasn’t in 1978 and cost half more than the 6159! It had a similar 600M profundity rating as its mechanical partner, yet got the gold titanium nitride covered case that we’ve come to appreciate such a huge amount from the brand. This watch was underway until generally 1985.
The 7C46 “Ashtray” Series
Some would disagree with us posting the 7C46-6009/10 arrangement, also called the “ Ashtrays ” because of their unmistakable scalloped bezels, inside the Tuna system, yet gatherers regularly consider these expert jumpers as relatives regardless of the screw-down case back. Presented in 1986 and underway through the mid 90’s, these are generally uncommon monsters. The – 6009 comes in hardened steel while the – 6010 is cased completely in titanium. These among the most unmistakable jumpers from Seiko, yet with 600M of water opposition, they’re undeniably something other than a, erm, pretty face.
The 7C46 Marinemaster Professional 300
Coming to the more current Tunas, we investigated one of the more famous models, the Marinemaster Professional 300 . These element covers, yet additionally a screw-down caseback, so many believe these to be a “light” form of the species. In any case, they’re profoundly wearable and a similar model has been around since the mid-80’s with few changes beside various case and bezel variations and an adjustment in hands quite a while back to Seiko’s new, but dubious, subject. In particular, we assessed an all dark restricted release model commemorating the Japanese Manga character “Duke Golgo” from Golgo 13.
The SBDX011 “Head Tuna”
For 2009, Seiko at long last addressed the chime with the renewed introduction of a mechanical Tuna as the SBDX011 , also called the “Sovereign Tuna”. It’s a monstrous, threatening watch at 51mm and done all in dark, and it contains some stunning specs. Titanium development, 1000M of water obstruction and a detuned Grand Seiko 9S55 development are only a portion of the treats. A similar watch is basically on offer today, yet with a refreshed cover and the previously mentioned more up to date hands. Actually, I like this piece with the customary hands and it appears authorities concur as costs are gradually rising.
The SBDB008 Spring Drive “Brilliant Tuna”
The most recent variation of Tuna comes to us from 2013 as a Tuna with a Spring Drive development. Preceding the arrival of an all dark reular creation adaptation of this watch in 2014, Seiko chose to dispatch the thought with a restricted release (just 300 made) Golden Tuna variant. The watch was and is critical two or three reasons. In particular, it was the first run through the Spring Drive development had been set into a covered case and it additionally presented the polarizing new handset. The Spring Drive Golden Tuna brings a wild development, titanium, ceramics and absurd lume to the gathering and charges a heavy premium in the process!
The Seiko 7C46 “Brilliant Tuna”
Now that we’ve gone on an outing through a world of fond memories, how about we come back the focal point of our article, the Seiko 7C46 Golden Tuna. In 1985, Seiko brought the world a definitive articulation of its expert jumper and chose to house it inside a monobloc-covered case. In what most likely appears nonchalant today, the brand appeared a spic and span development with the 7C46, matched it with a gold titanium nitride-covered primary case, and raised the stakes with an insane 1000M of water opposition. The new development accompanied a great 5 years of battery life and gave the client reasonable admonition that the time had come to supplant the battery when the seconds hand started to bounce 2 seconds rather than the normal 1.
Other regular Tuna characteristics continued with the Seiko 7C46 Golden Tuna, for example, the trademark L-formed gasket, Hardlex precious stone, level vented elastic lash, lume-filled plastic trim bezel, unidirectional bezel, and a quickset day and date. The watch developed somewhat over its 7549 archetype (49.6mm distance across versus 49mm) and its stature is a powerful 16.1mm. Drag to carry is somewhere near 50mm, so it genuinely fits inside the meaning of a fish can.
The dial of the Seiko 7C46 Golden Tuna highlights improved lume when compared to the earlier age of watch. Rather than what resembles a meager layer of gleaming material on the 7549, the 7C46 brings thick, somewhat blobby and messy scopes of the stuff into flimsy lined hour markers. The imprinting on the dark dial of the 7C46 shows some improvement also. It’s done in the very gold ink that shapes the focus reaching out from the markers at 6/9/12. Everything considered, it’s a more present day look that suits a watch that was made until the mid 2000’s. The hour and moment hands keep their conventional shape, however are gold in shading this time versus steel. The scope hand keeps up the candy of lume look on its back end, which is a “tell” to the Seiko unwavering that a quartz heartbeat probably exists in. You’ll likewise see the awesome little Suwa image to one side of the date window, a decent vintage contact that would proceed through the 90’s.
As referenced, the Seiko 7C46 Golden Tuna utilized smooth, dark zirconia for its cover. The first 6159 utilized a harsh completed fired that was inclined to chipping while the 7549 utilized powder-covered titanium. The smooth 7C46 feels satiny by comparison, but on the other hand is known to chip if the effect is sufficiently obtuse. It’s unquestionably all the more an advanced look, yet I can’t help lean toward somewhat more surface to my shrouds.
Still, one can comprehend that Seiko was determined to executing further developed materials on their top evaluation watches. A look from the side additionally shows us that the crown on this watch has lost a portion of its gold nitride covering, subsequently uncovering tempered steel under. It’s a genuinely common event on these Golden Tunas as sweat and oils begin to assault the finish.
A take a gander at the case back of the Seiko 7C46 Golden Tuna carries the recognizable Tsunami logo to the middle alongside the expansion of a meter showing us years in sequential request. You’ll see a little checking not long before 1986 and that indicates a battery change should’ve been performed at some point in 1985. The watch was delivered in February of 1990 (the “0” and “2” are obvious while I’ve clouded the remainder of the chronic number), so that bodes well with around 5 years of battery life on the 7C46. Versus the first 7549 models, the 7C46 likewise conveys much more materials data. We see the clay cover, a base metal bezel and a titanium case back are recorded; a genuine inquisitive blend of low and high tech!
The 7C46 that we have here is a – 7009 variation, which makes it a Japanese market rendition. While I don’t show it here, it contains a Japanese/English day wheel. Presented in 1985, this careful model actually appeared in as late as 1998 (I’ve been not able to discover 1999 and 2000 indexes at the hour of distributing), however most feel that it was created until 2000. During this time, a comparative – 7010 adaptation was additionally created for the remainder of the world and contrasted somewhat with the utilization of the “SQ” Seiko Quartz logo on the dial. Coming back to the – 7009, I took a gander at Seiko lists from the start of creation (’85) completely through ’98 and the cost stayed consistent at a solid 133,000 Japanese Yen. I investigated the US Dollar conversion scale and this was equivalent to about $925 in 1990 and $1250 by 1996, so this was definitely not an expendable piece. At last, in 2000, a – 7008 variation supplanted the – 7009/7010 and carried marginally various hands to the game and confusingly both the JDM and rest of world rendition “SQ” had a similar reference number. Tragically, the Suwa image vanished from the dial for great. This model was made until generally 2006.
The Seiko 7C46 Golden Tuna fits like any Tuna and that implies that it’s tall, however moderately compact. I sway on whether to wear my Tunas on vented elastic ties, however that is an improvement since I used to go solely with NATO’s. For this situation, the watch is matched with a reseller’s exchange “Bambi” lash from Japan that derides the genuine Seiko tie, however is really undeniably more flexible and comfortable. Coincidentally, I do have to search for a gold titanium clasp to make things more complete. Talking about looking, in case you’re on the chase for a 7C46-fueled Golden Tuna, be set up to dish out somewhere in the range of $1200–2000 relying upon condition and locale of offer. Some of the time, these pieces go for amazing entireties and at times they crash and burn and can be gotten for a surprisingly good price. I suppose that is the universe of quartz, however many smart Seiko gatherers consider this their top choice of the vintage Tunas in light of the brilliant looks and the almost impenetrable development (which, as I as of late educated, is effectively and economically fixed by Seiko).
As I referenced, we aren’t finished with assessing vintage covered pieces, yet the Seiko 7C46 Golden Tuna is the rearward top to bottom stop on our visit through resigned genuine Tunas. In the wake of getting the 7549, I didn’t know that I “required” a 7C46, yet the inconspicuous contrasts in materials and configuration drove me to adding one to the overlap. It’s a commendable example to gather and could without much of a stretch work as a day by day watch with its cutting edge (read: still in hefty creation) development. Until sometime later…