In the present #TBT we investigate the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can. While I’ll never say “never”, this article probably denotes the remainder of our top to bottom articles on vintage models from inside this specific line of particular jumpers from one of our #1 brands. Yet, for some out there, maybe we’ve decided to hold back something special for later. All things considered, as you’ll come to see, the Tuna Can addresses what is likely the most wearable and is absolutely the most un-expensive of the ancestry if vintage is your target.
We momentarily talked about the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can in our Top Vintage Seiko Divers reference article (in the event that you’ve not yet looked at this, they’re for the most part present!), however I felt that a particularly significant model merited its own section inside our #TBT arrangement. All things considered, since its presentation in 1978, Seiko has offered some rendition of this more modest, 300M Professional in its setup immediately (the present reference is the ). Programmed Tunas have come and gone as have gold forms, however a spotless quartz covered jumper with dark bezel and dial like you see here has soldiered on now for 40+ successive years. Without a doubt, slight changes have happened over the long run, yet the way that the overall plan has stayed steady spells accomplishment to me. We should attempt to comprehend why.
For such countless individuals, the possibility of a covered Seiko jumper sounds incredible, yet except if you’re really an expert jumper or have monstrous arms, these watches are moderately unfeasible for day by day wear. They’re huge, tall, weighty, and not excessively inconspicuous: a Rolex Submariner they are most certainly not. This is the place where the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can enters the scene as the close wonderful arrangement. (I’ll get to that “close great” comment right away.) At 47mm in width, the Tuna Can – so named because of its one of a kind pure cover – undercut watches like the 6159 Grandfather Tuna (50.5mm) and the 7549-7000 “Brilliant Tuna” (49.2mm) by ~2-3mm. That may not sound critical, yet on a watch with almost nonexistent drags, it’s serious. Alongside the distance across contrast, the Tuna Can loses a significant 1mm in stature to the previously mentioned references. In case you’re loose in my mathematical soup, let me put it in reasonable terms. The all around adored Seiko Turtle (new or old) conveys a length of 48mm, so the Tuna Can really comes in as smaller.
In request to accomplish a cheaper point and, maybe fortuitously, offer a more modest watch, the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can is equipped for 300M of water obstruction versus the 600M of its more costly Tuna relatives. The “close great” part comes in on the grounds that Seiko accomplished this through a standard case on the watch. Indeed, the Tuna Can has a screw-down crown and highlights a L-molded precious stone gasket, however it utilizes a customary screw on the off chance that back in lieu of the monocoque (front-stacking) plan found on high-profundity Tunas. For a few, this single detail rejects it from being a genuine individual from the Tuna club. I’m not here to condemn, yet all things considered, the Tuna Can feels like a genuine jumper to me.
Most of the familial dial plan attributes of different Tunas are found on the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can. A striking lumed three-sided list at 12:00, round lume at the hours and bolt formed hands are a portion of the trademarks. Clearly, however, this model is amazingly clear and readable. In comparing it to the Gold Tuna of a similar time, I’d even contend that the Tuna Can looks less elaborate in spite of a lighter profundity opposition. As on the Golden Tuna, we get a day/date window at 3:00 and one can see the natural “Suwa” image to one side. Strangely, not at all like the heavier check covered jumpers, the 7549-7010 contains a somewhat domed Hardlex precious stone though others utilized a thick, level variation. It’s a major torment with regards to taking pictures, yet it adds a decent, warm look to the watch.
The Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can contains some other slight contrast versus the “greasy Tuna” renditions. For example, the crown style is more similar to what one would discover on a 6309 Turtle. With a straightforward covered top, it’s easier looking than the strong slashed titanium pieces on 600M models. The bi-directional bezel is comparative, yet additionally contains a more 6309-esque lumed triangle at 12:00 and less serifs on the numerals. Once more, the progressions are little, yet they’re fascinating to note in light of the fact that Seiko, if nothing else, consistently astounds me with the number of interesting parts exist among such comparable products.
Inside the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can, we have the 7549-type quartz. We examined this development when we evaluated the Golden Tuna from a similar period. The makes a decent showing of analyzing such a development and shows us, pictorially, how the development is gotten from the 6309 type. As we’ve said, it’s repairable and known to be an exceptionally reliable sprinter. Indeed, it’s quartz, and on the off chance that you’re not ready for excellent quartz at this point, I’ve probably lost that fight for great. As far as I might be concerned, it’s a truly fulfilling watch to wear and take a gander at; to such an extent, truth be told, that the absence of an absolutely mechanical heart doesn’t actually cheapen the wearing experience. Discussing on the wrist, I for the most part toss the Tuna Can onto a 22mm NATO, yet they look extraordinary on elastic, cross section and (wheeze!) even leather.
The Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can in this pretense or the “remainder of world” adaptation with the “SQ” Seiko Quartz badge on the dial was produced using 1978 until around 1985 preceding being supplanted by a 7C46-controlled form called the SBBN015. This implies that there are a lot in presence and, fortunately, they were all around fabricated. Obviously, as a bigger watch, many have something reasonable of marks and dings, however finding a good model isn’t excessively troublesome. Estimating has risen, yet is fortunately still very sensible. Genuine models can be found on discussions, eBay, and in Japan for $600-850 and, for the individuals who are incredibly understanding, at times even less. As usual, get your work done and guarantee all the restorative pieces are there and see if things like the hands have been relumed.
The Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can, notwithstanding its utilization of an initial case back, ought to be considered as a genuine classic. With more than forty years of ceaseless creation, it’s obviously a fan top pick because of its straightforward instrument watch looks and receptive estimating. As referenced, it’s likewise the ideal habit forming substance into the universe of covered Seiko jumpers – a world that numerous others and I appreciate gigantically. Until sometime later…