We don’t get scorn mail regularly at Fratello Watches, however we got it when I composed an article about the 1978 Seiko 7549 “Brilliant Tuna” . I was outrageously excited about it – and still am – however there were the individuals who wanted to share some nastiness identified with my adoration for a watch with a battery or, all the more by and large, how I waxed endlessly about how a watch can or can’t have character. So be it. On the last point, on the off chance that you don’t care for catching wind of “associating” with one’s watch, proceed to peruse the Economist or Consumer Reports. Related to this, with regards to Quartz developments, while they may do not have the requirement for the proprietor to collaborate with the watch on a close to consistent schedule, they have their place in watch history and there are numerous kinds of quartz. Thus, console athletes, in case you’re a battery hater, proceed onward to another site now from now into the foreseeable future in this article, we will talk quartz once more. Still here? Great… I think – on the grounds that we’re not going to discuss any old quartz, we will examine a Seiko 7A28 – the world’s first simple quartz chronograph. Furthermore, to tighten it up an indent, we’re not discussing any old 7A28. Today, we’ll profile the ultra attractive Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer.
Let’s move this: the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer is one of the brand’s most alluring vintage watches. That may sound clever for a company saturated with mechanical history and one with a particularly gigantic back list, however it can’t be denied. At the point when you get some information about the top vintage pieces they’d prefer to possess, a large group of jumpers, chronographs, Grand and Seiko’s will unquestionably advance toward the rundown, yet the Yacht Timer quite often discovers its way in there. What’s more, the amusing thing is, except if you’re a genuine offbeat and are after rarities like the 1970’s Astron or things like the H558 Ana-digi “Arnie”, the Yacht Timer is regularly the lone quartz that makes the rundown. There’s an explanation behind this and it’s not its creative development; the watch is certainly alluring, and regardless of what really matters to it, I discover it to be a standout amongst other looking chronographs set on our planet.
For sure, as the primary simple quartz chronograph, the Seiko 7A28 and any of its huge number of variations has a spot ever (head to look into certain realities). I discover instances of 7A28’s in lists from 1983 on the fabulous and the development appeared to warrior on for a decent 7-8 years.
During this period, greater usefulness was constructed onto the development to make extra variations; we talked about one such illustration of a more complex form of this development when we profiled a 7A38 (containing day and date usefulness) and there’s no uncertainty that this development was a distinct advantage. It carried simple refinement alongside quartz exactness. It estimates split planning and the upper right register flies around with 1/20th of a second precision when the upper right pusher is discouraged. Gracious, and the 7A-arrangement weren’t expendables. They could be adjusted and oiled demonstrating that these watches weren’t little living beings with PCB’s inside. The 7A28 and its posterity appeared to warrior on for a decent 7-8 years prior to being supplanted with intriguing, however more affordable (and now, less alluring) quartz chronographs.
Here once more, we investigated a later simple chronograph when we assessed the present watch’s replacement – the 8M35 Yacht Timer – an undeniably more reason assembled piece for mariners. Regardless, gatherers have considered the 7A28’s validity and whether you’re up for a 7A28, 38 or the wild 48 with moonphase, costs have crawled up – particularly for the sportier impeccable models. In this way, why, maybe alongside the fiercely style Giugiaro-styled Aliens pieces or the RAF 7A28-7120, does the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer address the cream of the crop?
As referenced, love for the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer truly comes down to its looks. Presented in 1982/3 at a cost of 35,000 Japanese Yen and just worked for a couple of years (in view of my exploration the watch vanished from lists post-1985), the Yacht Timer was fitted with a globule impacted tempered steel case in 40mm with 20mm carries (thank you Seiko for making it simple – for once). Its case contains some sensibly complex chamfering on its sides that incline internal to meet a cleaned bezel. These slim, end-bended, stick hauls just stick out of the case, and wind up being a magnificently straightforward plan that, maybe, summons 1940’s field watches.
Seiko utilized a genuinely wide assortment of case plans on the 7A28 arrangement and the mass were combined with a much really bewildering cluster of dials. With the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer, however, there’s just a single other variation that pre-owned its case and that is the uncommon, dark PVD-covered 7A28-7140 Bridgestone Motorsport release. The way that this case was basically held for the Yacht Timer makes it even more exceptional in my eyes.
Aside from the case, an extraordinary detail on the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer is its pushers. Likely picked for their strategic value, the watch contains some gigantic pushers on both the privilege and left sides. For regattas, I can envision that the beginning/stop button on the upper right and the split planning pusher on the upper left would be the two most utilized capacities on the watch, so it bodes well that these are larger than usual versus the crown on the lower left and the reset pusher on the lower right. Some say this gives the watch a bullhead look, however that wouldn’t have come to my see any problems except if I’d read it. No, I discover the Yacht Timer to be magnificently lopsided and very instrument-like. The way that these enormous pushers are added to an exceptionally thin case overstates the view further. Once more, extraordinary stuff from Seiko and afterward, there’s the dial.
If the other plan highlights on the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer are at any rate eminent, at that point the dial is the genuine champion. In the event that you recorded the entirety of its detail credits, you wouldn’t come up with many. Indeed, if not for that magnificent explosion of shading that characterizes the 9:00 minutes sub register, you could describe the watch as plain.
But that wheel made of exchanging light and imperial blue “pies” when combined with a yellow hand adds barely sufficient tone to make this piece a genuine looker. The lone other prominent inclusion of shading is the utilization of light blue for the “Yacht Timer” name beneath the Seiko name. Something else, Seiko utilized dark imprinting on this white dial and picked a white inward bezel with minutes track. Applied, chrome plated lists are found all things considered lists with lume on the exterior. Slight dark hands with lume inside show the time and a staggeringly slim needle hand with a lumed bolt tip tallies the seconds once the chronograph is engaged.
A take a gander at the screw-down case back of the Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer shows us the delicate wave in lieu of the more genuine tidal wave found on Seiko’s jumpers. A brief glance at a 7A28 manual online reveals to us that this watch is water impervious to 30M. That probably makes it fine for ocean shower or inundation during dynamic cruising, yet that is about the constraint of openness to the components I would’ve considered for this watch had I claimed it from new. We likewise see the model number, chronic number (this one is from May 1983, in spite of the fact that I’ve halfway clouded a portion of the numbers) and the stunning Suwa symbol.
Speaking of possession, I purchased this Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer in Japan about a year prior. I had won the watch on the web several days after the fact, I went to a occasion in London and really had the opportunity to deal with one of these interestingly. The active experience affirmed that purchasing the watch had been a decent decision. At the point when I purchased mine, however, I realized it required some genuine work. It came as a head-just piece (the watches initially went ahead an elastic tie with huge assembly style openings all through) and the level mineral glass precious stone was truly damaged. The watch kept time, however none of the chrono catches worked and the chrono hands were stuck in some odd positions. Fortunately, as referenced, 7A28 developments can be fixed and the precious stone was a $5 fix. This 7A28 really required another “E-module” which was found and dropped into the case.
When I’m taking a gander at this Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer on my arm, it presents flawlessly. It looks incredible on an assortment of lashes – I like this tough ColaReb tie that Balazs gave me – and the watch looks extraordinary on the wrist. It’s under 12mm thick and feels as though nothing is being worn. The condition, by and large, is truly pleasant, yet a more intensive look shows a bit of seeping on a portion of the text style, so I am speculating that the very dampness that caused this probably seared the first E-module. It doesn’t trouble me, however, as the Yacht Timer’s are uncommon, uncommon, uncommon. Truth be told, I’d wager that not exactly a modest bunch of them come available to be purchased every year – and I’m generally sure about saying this as I track them semi-seriously.
I recall 3-4 years prior, a Seiko 7A28-7090 Yacht Timer would interfere with one about $450 and that was a huge load of cash for a quartz Seiko. Today, I’d surmise that nice pieces start at around $800 and go up to the $1500 mark. The way that some 7A28’s can in any case be had for $200 or so gives you a thought for how adored these Yacht Timers are to collectors.
If I haven’t persuaded you to check out this quartz watch, ideally you can appreciate its looks and exceptional plan attributes. As far as I might be concerned, this piece will impart time to my mechanical gems.