#TBT is here with a glance at the Seiko 6215-7000, a vintage jumper that made ready for future plans from the celebrated brand.
A few weeks back, I pulled my typical Saturday morning schedule. I woke up, made my significant other and I solid cups of espresso utilizing my convenient dandy AeroPress, got a yogurt, and thudded down on the love seat to perceive what was what. I checked our site and unearthed Balazs’ cool horse shelter discover article and it got me to contemplating my most up to date procurement, the Seiko 6215-7000. I’ll get to the purchasing cycle, however let’s first drop a little history.
The Genesis of the Seiko 6215-7000
If you’re curious about the historical backdrop of Seiko plunge watches, I’d urge you to look at an article I composed covering each delivery during the 1960s up until around 1980. I address the Seiko 6215-7000 yet let’s spend a more extended second on what this watch is and why it’s so significant truly. In 1965, Seiko delivered the 62MAS (ref 6217-8000/1). It’s a watch that collects a significant degree of praise.
With 150 meters of water opposition, the watch was the Japanese company’s first effort to address the developing prominence of SCUBA jumping. Yet, in the event that we’re being straightforward with ourselves, the 62MAS utilized an average “skindiver” case that was pervasive across huge numbers of brands. Resident utilized these alongside scores of enormous and little European marques. Case plan aside, the 62MAS gave a format to another Seiko plan language.
Seiko Decided to Get Real in 1967
While the 62MAS may have tended to sporting jumpers, Seiko was obviously passing up the expert jumper market. Submerged welders and different laborers expected watches to work at more prominent profundities. This implied the expansion of thicker precious stones, screw-down crowns, and other important highlights. Thus it was in 1967 that the Seiko 6215-7000 appeared and brought a set-up of redesigns intended to answer the call of the expert. Maybe unconsciously, this very watch would proceed to impact each major Seiko jumper that followed it. This was brought about by a watch made for short of what one year. Huge? I’d say so.
On Paper, the Seiko 6215-7000 was a World-Beater
The Seiko 6215-7000 is a 43.5mm jumper with 300 meters of water obstruction. It includes a Hardlex mineral precious stone and a monobloc (read: front-stacking) case. A huge knurled and unsigned crown sits at 4 o’clock to build the fit on the wrist. A bidirectional descending slanting commencement bezel with lumed pip at 12 encompasses the dial. What’s more, that dial. It’s dark with a solid portion of gold enumerating and that incorporates the fat hands with their sharp tips. The stoplight seconds hand makes its presentation here also. Liberal lume flourishes as is fitting for a watch that expected to act in low light circumstances. A 35-gem 6215 type with speedy set date work controls the monster. In its stock structure, a 19mm elastic lash accompanied the watch.
Spend a second on the Seiko 6215-7000 specs and transport yourself back 53 years to look across the horological scene. A Submariner 5512/5513 was useful for 200 meters. The Omega Seamaster 300 165.024 was inquisitively appraised to 200 meters. Indeed, there were anomalies, for example, the Doxa SUB 300 ensured to 300 meters, however it was uncommon.
Like today, the distinction somewhere in the range of 200 and 300 meters of confirmation generally sums to 100 meters of over the top excess. In any case, I think back and need to expect that Seiko was a brave upstart making generally unassuming dress watches and, until that time, a me-too jumper. And afterward they drop an outright unit like the 6215…boom!
Setting Design Direction for the following 50 Years
Specs aside, the Seiko 6215-7000 subtly positions as perhaps the main watches of the most recent 50 years. “Hyperbole,” you shout! I don’t think so. Also, I’ll disclose to you why. For almost 20 years, gatherings, web journals, recordings, and online sellers have regularly crowed about the ethics of Seiko jumpers. New authorities regularly make a Seiko jumper their first mechanical watch.
A Seiko jumper is obvious with its particularly situated crown, no bullsh*t looks, intense bezel, and prolonged case plan. What’s more, prepare to be blown away. Everything began with the 6215. The SKX-arrangement, the MM300, the Sumo, thus numerous others owe their attractive features to this watch. Seiko may never convey a similar distinction as Rolex, however I’d contend that its functional commitment to the watch world is similarly as — if not more — noteworthy.
Finding this Seiko 6215-7000
A sensible Seiko 6215-7000 can undoubtedly obscure $10,000 and they infrequently come available to be purchased. It was at some point in January, however, and I was freezing my a$$ off at the neighborhood jungle gym. I was on my telephone and seen a 6215 on a natural Japanese closeout site. It looked alright, however the photos weren’t extraordinary. The watch appeared to work, however it was extremely hard to evaluate the dial condition because of the intensely scratched crystal.
On top of this, I needed to find out if I needed to pursue a possibly first-class thing so not long after the special times of year. Yet, extraordinariness and that unquenchable craving to add the missing connect to my vintage Seiko jumper assortment drove me. The outcome was a beset win with the assistance of my old buddy Eric Skier at somewhere near $6k. Not blockhead change, but rather an expected score for a watch that I thought I’d never own.
After several days — it’s Japan all things considered — the watch showed up at Eric’s doorstep and we ended up decidedly overpowered by a Seiko 6215-7000 in incredibly unique condition. The watch had certainly been utilized however intentionally so. The entirety of the marks, dings, and scratches meant a watch that had carried on a real life over its 53 years. The lone outside necessities was a gem. I checked eBay Germany that day and, lo and see, a NOS precious stone was available. For €120. Would you be able to say, “buy it yesterday”?
Servicing at Ikigai
I had the gem close by a couple of days after the fact and knew precisely where to send it. It would before long meet with the Seiko 6215-7000 in Belgium because of one of our number one watchmakers, James Marien of Ikigai. I’ve referenced it previously, yet James accomplishes some mind boggling work on our vintage Japanese marvels. More than that, however, he carries some genuine enthusiasm to the game. This is clear in the dazzling macros he sends. Incidentally, an iPhone can take some beautiful staggering pictures through the oculus of a Leica stereoscope! Inside this article, you’re seeing a portion of the horological sexual entertainment that James sent.
It turned out that my recently discovered Seiko 6215-7000 required a smidgen more work than a basic cleaning and precious stone trade. James found a harmed gem and saw that the crown strings were for the most part stripped.
Thankfully, he had a few NOS pieces and had the option to arrange gems. I truly appreciate his ingenuity and I think he delighted in bringing this old leviathan back from the edge of extinction.
At just underneath 44mm in width and with a 50mm haul to drag, the Seiko 6215-7000 absolutely enrolls on the bigger side of things. It’s 14mm thick and that makes it somewhat meaty, yet not uncomfortably so. With its etched flanks and level back, the watch some way or another wears so far superior to its current replacement, the MM300. On a 19mm nectar calfskin tie, it looks stunning and the tie complements the warm, matured lume. I’ve had this watch for longer than a month and it’s scarcely left my wrist. I owe a ton of that to strong development and another precious stone that’s basically scratch verification. The 6215 keeps great time as well. Its lone characteristic? It can’t be hand-wound.
The Elephant in the Room — the 6159
In 2018, Seiko commended the 50th commemoration of its first expert jumper with a cutting edge reissue of the famous 6159 jumper. It doesn’t take a virtuoso to think back on the 1968 6159-7000 and its 1969 6159-7001 replacement to understand these watches are for all intents and purposes indistinguishable from the Seiko 6215-7000. It strikes me as entertaining that Seiko, as a company, decides to overlook the 1967 6215 in its rendition of history. They consider the 6159 the genuine first Professional jumper. Indeed, the 6159 says “Professional” on the dial while the 6215 doesn’t. The 6159 additionally presented the specialized wonder hey beat development. However, water opposition and a similar fundamental case shape were extended from the 6215.
It’s as though Seiko needs us to fail to remember the one year blip on its recorded radar screen called the 6215 and that’s a disgrace. The 6215, in my view, has a prettier dial with less particular records. Furthermore, the inclining commencement bezel gives it a through and through various look. I’m dwelling on silly trifles, however I surmise my central matter is that the 6215 merits much more credit from the base camp in Japan.
First of all, much obliged for hanging with me during this long article on the Seiko 6215-7000. Discovering one I could manage was a significant achievement supported by my companions Eric and Patrick. At that point, getting it back going was a genuine wellspring of delight made conceivable by James. I realize that I’ll keep on discovering joy in gathering vintage Seiko, yet this is most likely the top for me. On the off chance that I needed to pick one Seiko to keep, the 6215 would be my choice. That’s high commendation, high recognition indeed.