Mar 13, 2015

[SOLD] 1980s Vintage Seiko 5 7009-3171 "Sultan"

Seiko 5 7009-3171 Sultan
Circa 1980s

I picked this watch out of the lot because it gives off a very unique flavor. There's something about this watch that makes it stand out among the rest of the pack.

At first glance it looks like your generic dial watch that gets reproduced in many color variations before being shipped off to the rest of the world. The design seems like it's not been give much thought or has no theme. 

Then again, I picked it up.

First of all it's the gold and how it juxtaposes against the white just so awkwardly. The Sultan's got a smooth plain white dial, and going around that dial are gold baton markers.

A golden window for the day / date display interrupts at 3O' and they're accompanied by a thin gold circle going around inside the dial. The whole ensemble looks like little towers rising from a golden globe inside the watch.

And sitting at the top of that inner world is the palace, a studded 12O' index that breaks all design principles and makes the watch a little more odd and unacceptable than it already is. 

And perhaps that is its charm, that from all the other watches in the pack, this oddball with a seemingly pointless design appears to suddenly make sense. 

1980s Vintage Seiko 5 7009-3171 "Sultan"
Hour, minute and seconds hand with day/date display
Eng/Arb day display
Polished white dial with gold inner ring
35mm stainless steel case
42mm lug-to-lug
19mm width bracelet
7009 automatic movement @ 21,600vph with quickset push for day change
Mineral glass crystal
Seiko stainless steel bracelet