Titanium. We’re ruined by the bounty of the solid, solid, and lightweight metal today and will in general compensation little respect to how troublesome a material it is to measure and shape. For watches, numerous presently basically consider it at this point another customary contribution on the range of watch materials, however this wasn’t generally the situation. No, when I was experiencing childhood during the 80’s, titanium was darn close to like discussing uranium or something ultra outlandish and it regularly conjured contemplations of the Cold War, Russian-fabricated submarines or my unequaled most loved plane: the SR-71. Yet, we’re here to talk watches and that is the reason we’ll direct our concentration toward a group of jumpers that incorporated the then-creative material into their bezels and, eventually, all through the watches. Let’s investigate, what are as I would like to think, some of one of our #1 image’s best plans in the Seiko Ashtray series.
By the mid-80’s, Seiko was positively no outsider to titanium. All things considered, the brand had been working with the aviation grade metal for more than ten years: review their first utilization of the metal with the “ Grandfather Tuna ” 6159 that we’ve covered a few times here on Fratello Watches. Be that as it may, they, and other “reasonable” brands like Citizen and Timex, appeared to be mentally set in stone to deliver an ever increasing number of watches with titanium.
Alongside the large 1000m 7C46 “Brilliant Tuna” that was presented in 1986 as a swap for the 600m 7549 (presented in 1978) that we recorded, the Seiko Ashtray 7C46-6009 appeared that year as a mid-level proficient jumper’s watch. At first offered in spotless with a titanium bezel, a full titanium – 6010 form joined the fight a couple of years after the fact. Nonetheless, in contrast to the 300m and 1000m Professionals with their adored covers, the Ashtray radiated a totally different look indeed.
The Seiko Ashtray gets its name from, large amazement here, its bezel that some vibe copies the appearance of a meeting table ashtray (recall those?!?). Fairly bulbous and round with scores for holding, it’s really straightforward the nickname.
Some say it looks a great deal like the Porsche Design/IWC Ocean 2000 from a comparable time period and I don’t dissent, yet for me it infers something by and large extraordinary. The last vehicle that I claimed in the USA was a 2010 VW GTI and keeping in mind that I left it bone stock precisely, I transformed one thing cosmetically. Strikingly, I traded out the manual move boot for a VW parts index “golf ball” reminiscent of the shifter found on the first GTI. Material and exquisite to view, the Ashtray by one way or another appears to be like me. Indeed, that is a far-running comparison, yet it’s hard to free my psyche of the connection.
The Seiko Ashtray, regardless of having a smidgen more elaborate pizazz than its excessively utilitarian Tuna partners, was actually an expert in the specs division by the same token. It checks in with a reason constructed immersion jumping competent water opposition of 600m. More than that, it contains a similar plan of a heap bearing, screw down mineral precious stone (somewhat domed making pictures “fun”) as the fishes and a similar L-molded elastic gaskets previously presented by Seiko during the 70’s. Normally, the crown tightens and the out of control bezel is unidirectional.
The just thing that holds the Ashtray back from being a genuine Tuna, in the event that you buy in to our own Gerard’s school of Tunas that is, is the way that it has a screw back case. Then once more, this enlightening on 60 Clicks asks to differ. Controversy!
Aside from the profoundly recognizable bezel plan, I think about the Seiko Ashtray, in one or the other appearance, a genuine looker. The watches look bombproof, however were planned in such a way that I think would function admirably whenever presented today. The steel 6009 variation contains a comparative dial to its all-titanium 6010, however it’s strongly flashier with an undeniable degree of differentiating yellow against a matte dark dial. In addition, the 6009 states its quartz development boisterously and gladly with both the quartz word underneath Seiko and the extremely 80’s “SQ” logo: something that maybe wouldn’t be checked whether the watch were on offer now.
The all titanium variation, then again, is about business and keeps things extremely straightforward clearly. Unexpectedly, the hands on these pieces are remarkable versus other Seiko divers. You’ll additionally see that the dials delicately sink down further in their focuses, a sign that we’ve seen on other Seiko jumpers, for example, the Spring Drive Tuna .
Now, in the event that you’ve at any point contemplated a Tuna or have opposed getting one of the greater profundity evaluated models due to its mass (that mass is basically vertical, coincidentally), I have some incredibly charming news for you. The Seiko Ashtray is absolutely smooth by comparison and wears magnificently on the wrist. At 45mm in measurement (44mm carry to drag as the bezel overhangs) with 22mm hauls, these jumpers aren’t little using any and all means, however they fit so in an unexpected way. At about 15.5mm thick, they’re not even excessively slim, yet that adjusted bezel genuinely acquires everything both appearance savvy and physically.
Whether on the level vent DAL1BP elastic tie or a 22mm NATO, this is one comfortable watch. The lightweight titanium 6010 is surely the more comfortable decision, however even the steel piece isn’t excessively profound. Furthermore, the material feel of the bezel? It’s unquestionably extraordinary and requires a deliberate, however strong exertion to use.
Inside, the Seiko Ashtray sits the notable 7C46 quartz development. The development was reason worked for apparatus watches and in that capacity, contains a high force “stepper” to help deal with the heaviness of bigger hands regularly found on such watches. The development is tough, antimagnetic and can deal with a wide scope of temperatures. The batteries most recent 5 years and the developments can be completely separated, overhauled and changed. Indeed, I realize this is quartz (and indeed, this watch would look inconceivable as a programmed), yet the way that this development stays underway and unaltered addresses its pertinence and reliability.
The Seiko Ashtray was delivered until around 1993 and for a watch that went on for a very long time, they can be hard to track down. The style was plainly somewhat relatively revolutionary and maybe it was in an unusual spot between the 300M Tuna and 1000M Golden Tuna. All things considered, the watches do appear now and again and are valued by Seiko gatherers. Estimating astute, the watches can be found from generally $700 on up contingent upon condition, area, and a proprietor’s overall conviction about the value of these moderately uncommon monsters. Because of an absence of notable deals costs, my exploration showed that costs are comparative for either variant.
Case in point, the 6009 from 1988 that you see here (with a Spanish day wheel) came from a notable gatherer in Italy. It cost generally the equivalent – a touch more because of the minty condition – as the all-titanium 6010 from 1989 (with a Japanese day wheel) that came from Japan.
For numerous Seiko authorities, the Seiko Ashtray addresses to some degree a vessel watch, particularly for the individuals who love the 80’s and 90’s models from the brand. It took me quite a long while to find and pull the trigger on these two and I’m happy I did. As expressed, they wear consummately and look amazingly present day. Furthermore, notwithstanding the way that titanium is more similar to “ho-murmur ium” for most currently, it’s a trait of these watches that is charming to me.