Seiko 5 7009-8760 "Red Arrow"
In collecting, I look out for the oddities in wrist watches. Who wants something that looks the same everywhere *cough* Panerai *cough* anyway?
When I came across this Seiko 5 "Red Arrow", there was just something the stopped me from turning away. "This is a nice watch," it said. And it wasn't wrong.
Just what's nice about this old watch anyway? Besides the 7009 movement beating inside of it (the movement precedes the 7S26 and comes with a quickset date adjust by pushing in the crown), there was the red arrow on the second hand. You can't miss that.
The Daini Seikosha Seiko 5 also has those oar hands which fit well, but falls just out of place to make it stand out from the rest of the aesthetic. Applique hour indices cut slightly into the microtrack around the dial and rests itself nicely at the edge of the inner bezel, where the minute counters are printed.
The Automatic print sits above the Daini Seikosha emblem, devoid of the hideous 21 jewel proclamation of the later Seiko 5s, and the face of the watch sits comfy within a simple case design complemented by a multilink bracelet.
The Seiko 5 "Red Arrow" gives off a very sporty vibe - smooth and cutting edge. The modern design blends well with the aged patina of the hour and minute hands, and a slight tarnishing on some of the indices.
This classical marriage of dress and sports watch makes this a fine vintage piece for multiple occasions.
1982 Vintage Seiko 5 7009-8760 "Red Arrow"
Hour, minute and seconds hands with day/date display
Eng/Arb day display
Printed black dial, slight glue outside of Seiko 5 logo
36mm stainless steel case
19mm width bracelet
7009 automatic movement @ 21,600vph with quickset push for day change
Mineral glass crystal
Seiko stainless steel bracelet