Welcome to my bad dream, also called the Seiko 7002 jumper. I’m just not entirely serious, however understand that this article and the watch you see here is much the same as the third piece of a set of three where, up until the last scene, it looked as though the hero was bound to fall flat. Furthermore, exactly when the saint (that would be me) kills the devil, the credits roll and we discover that the evil spirit has a younger sibling. Befuddled at this point? In watch terms, it took me three attempts at purchasing 7002’s to at last get a decent apparently unique one. And afterward, during the photograph go for this story, I dropped it onto a stone rock from in any event 2 meters high… murmur. Fortunately, the watch is fine beside a decent scar over its crown, yet I diverge. We should discuss the Seiko 7002 jumper, its place in Seiko jumper history and when all is said in done watch culture.
We’ve not actually covered the Seiko 7002 jumper top to bottom here on Fratello Watches. Indeed, I halted barely shy of referencing the 7002 of every a article recording the entirety of the vintage Seiko jumpers on the grounds that I zeroed in on pieces presented up until generally 1980. Therefore, with regards to programmed jumpers, we halted with the Seiko 6309 “Turtle”. The Turtle was produced using 1976 until 1982. In 1982, Seiko presented the 6309-7290, which continued the development complete with day/date work, yet acquired a slimmer case that is still with us today as the notable SKX007. In case you’re following along, this case style really appeared on a quartz jumper in the last part of the 70’s, the cherished 7548. At any rate, in 1988, Seiko chose to end creation of the 6309 arrangement of developments and supplanted this watch with the Seiko 7002 and its 7000-arrangement of developments. We’ll never genuinely know why Seiko did the switch, however a glance at the development shows stepped versus machined parts, much more plastic, and more affordable wrapping up. Indeed, it appears as though Seiko was feeling the squeeze. The day work was likewise a setback of this development presentation, yet more on that later. The 7002 was created from 1988 until 1996.
One of the incredible purchaser’s references on the Seiko 7002 jumper actually exists from 2009 on . It’s one of only a handful few matured watch manages that has stood the trial of time. In the event that you look through the protracted posting, you will take note of that there were many 7002 variations. The watch began as a 150m jumper and developed into a more vigorous 200m instrument in particular because of changes in development around its precious stone. The adaptation I at last bought is a 7002-700J variation, which was JDM just and accompanied the super cool blurred Pepsi-style bezel you see here. It additionally contrasts from certain renditions by containing the gem depend on the dial. It was conveyed on a later OEM elastic tie, however I chose to fit a comfortable more seasoned and clatter lash Seiko celebration. Regardless, we’ll absolutely center around this variation of the 7002. The guide I’ve referenced is thorough and furthermore gives an extraordinary outline of the numerous entanglements to consider when directing a quest for one of these pieces.
Here are only a portion of the examples… When it comes to the Seiko 7002 jumper, there are adaptations with dark bezels, Pepsi bezels, 150m, and 200m profundity ratings. There are level bezel embeds, deep down calculated supplements, and through and through mistaken bezels. Case backs changed throughout the long term and there are horde dials. There are laods of phony dials too that contain outrightly wrong dial codes and afterward there are those that contain the right verbiage, however the textual style is unmistakably not original. Lume is specific on the 7002 as well. First, it doesn’t completely cover the lume plots (not odd for Seiko) and it’s known to be of lesser quality when compared to the models when it. It regularly turns dark and a little grainy like you see here. Apparently, brilliant green is a decent tell that something has been altered. What I’ve momentarily referenced are only a couple of the expected perils to consider when searching for a 7002. Trust me, do your perusing heretofore or you can really wind up with a watch that is a combination of a wide range of unique and reseller’s exchange 7002’s. These watches frequently lived in damp conditions, so harmed pieces were habitually split for their salvageable parts.
So, how could I unearth this extremely model? Truth be told, I basically needed a right one and keeping in mind that that probably won’t seem like a difficult task, it tends to be with the 7002. The 7002 could be considered as the grandpappy of modder watches. Retain or have the previously mentioned control opened in one window and afterward head over to eBay and have a gander. I’d bet that 99% of the watches are either intensely modded or have secondary selling parts intended to look unique. For a cheap neo-vintage watch that was created in genuine numbers, finding a unique 7002 is undeniably more troublesome than it ought to be. My initial 7002 wasn’t changed, yet it was so gravely beat up that my watchmaker discarded it – really. (To be reasonable, it was modest to the point that I ought to have known.) He likewise commented that 7002 developments were expendable in his eyes and that Seiko truly lost the plot. After around 5 years, I swam once again into the pool. My second 7002 looked extraordinary from far off (the pics were awful) and was about $100. It runs flawlessly, however it’s a mixed bag of a wide range of 7002’s. In this way, at last, the third time was the charm.
Aside from wanting to possess in any event one delegate illustration of each significant jumper from the Japanese brand, there was another explanation that I needed to get a Seiko 7002 jumper. That reason was and still is Gerard. Some of you may know Gerard from his long periods of claiming a watch shop (he’s had some genuine pearls after some time), however you should know something different about him. He’s somewhat of a flighty and if RADwood at any point advances toward the Netherlands, he’d probably be a member. Regardless of whether it’s 90’s Saabs, a mid-aughts Ducati Multistrada, or a Breitling Pluton, Gerard is likely a proprietor or intrigued. He prefers dark horses and consequently, I surmise he loves the Seiko 7002 and he’s built up an affinity for discovering them for a melody. In addition, he’s quite laid back about if they’re unique. Whatever the case, I’m reprimanding it on him for my excursion to locate a nice one.
Perhaps because of its expense cutting nature, the Seiko 7002 jumper falls behind other resigned plunge watches from the brand in cost, yet I discover this to be somewhat of a disgrace. The exclusion of the day wheel really gives the 7002 one of the cleaner searches inside the whole order. There’s almost no to occupy the eye and I basically think that its more adjusted than the later SKX007 or prior 6309-7290. Credit the thin 12:00 marker just as fundamental rectangular files at every hour for adding to the great clean looks also. This model has kept its lume fit as a fiddle – Seiko was planning some mischief with its Lumibrite as of now, as most turn grayish – particularly if dampness enters the fight. Bring a peer down at the base of the dial or on the tidal wave decorated case back and you’ll see the “Daini” plant lightning jolt. This 7002 was made in 1994 and that must be toward the finish of Seiko embellishing their watches with the processing plant images we appreciate such a huge amount on vintage models.
At 41mm in distance across, 45mm long and 13mm thick, the Seiko 7002 jumper is remarkably comfortable. It feels strong, however matched with the lightweight arm band; it’s awesome on the wrist – flexible and like your number one sets of loafers (or maybe white St. Laurent terry fabric slides in case you’re our watchmaker Paul). Like most Seiko’s – particularly those that are vintage – it gets eyes and many believe it’s something undeniably more outlandish. I’ve likewise discovered this as of late overhauled 7002 to keep extraordinary time – even after the fall! Like most Seiko’s, the 7002 can’t be handwound, however it includes a fast set date when hauling the screw-down crown out to the primary stop. Moreover, the uni-directional bezel clicks with consoling solidity.
Like I referenced, finding a really left alone Seiko 7002 jumper can be a genuine task. All things considered, when a respectable one is discovered, enjoy the way that they regularly still expense not exactly another (old stock?) SKX007. At $150-250 for an all around arranged model, I look at this as a genuine deal and with the proceeded with ascend in ubiquity of more established Seiko’s, costs will definitely keep on rising. In case you’re after a running model that may have just had its wabi’d hands or messed up bezel embed supplanted, 7002’s can frequently be found at swap meets or on spots like Craigslist for just $50. Simply request Garage Sale Gerard as he’s discovered a number from cool crude pieces that, while not completely right, give a high “grins per mile” feeling. I’ve seen him pair a wide range of provincial ties with these similarly endured watches and they punch well over their weight class looks wise.
The Seiko 7002 jumper is a commendable expansion to your vintage jumper assortment. It’s going downhill enough that most have built up a pleasantly matured look. Furthermore, without a day show, it’s one of Seiko’s cleaner plans. Lastly, as we’ve referenced more than once, there’s a quick fix to be had here if the adventure of the chase for a legitimate one is your sack. Trust me, however, get your work done prior to purchasing, and maybe you will not need to go through three pieces prior to finding the correct example. Until sometime later…
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