This month, DC Vintage Watches and Clockwork Synergy present this 1970s Seiko 7005-8000 automatic watch, included with three Clockwork Synergy straps, as well as the original metal strap engraved by Seiko. We hope you enjoy this lookbook & brief review and don’t forget to enter at the end of this post!
The 700x Seiko series was a family of mid-range Seiko mechanical watches produced from the 1970’s into the 1990’s; the movement was also the basis for the ever popular family of Seiko 7S26 dive watches, with the 7005 offspring remaining in production to this day.
Importantly, the early 7005 models – like the one on offer here – did not contain the stamped steel and plastic parts later generations featured; although possessing the typical Seiko robustness, these later generations suffer from accuracy issues. However, all feature Seiko’s bi-directional “Magic Lever” automatic winding system, which operates at 21,600 BPH.
Movements designed by Seiko have a ruggedness and reliability that is well-known, as their basic designs have been proven over past decades in various forms. To wit, from humble beginnings, Seiko was founded in 1881, when Kintari Hattori’s vision led him to open a watch shop in Tokyo, Japan. Eleven years later, in 1892, Hattori began to produce clocks under the name Seikosha, translated roughly as “House of Exquisite Workmanship.”
Indeed, as recently stated in Hodinkee article, “Ten Vintage Watches That Should Be More Expensive Than They Are, And Why,” “In this list, we’ll take you through ten watches that we think should be selling for more money than they are, and we’ll tell you why…What is there to say about vintage Seiko besides ‘great watches for the money’ If you’re looking for just a nice old watch, any vintage mechanical Seiko will do.”
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