Sep 1, 2015

[SOLD] 1979 Vintage Seiko 5 7009-8331 "Seamaster"

Seiko 5 7009-8331 "Seamaster"
Circa 1979

As far as dials go, this has to be one of the most impressive ones I've seen on a Seiko 5. It presents itself with a classic majesty, its many elements combining to a very solid wrist presence.

Let's start with the dial. It doesn't get much better than the vertical guilloche trenches cut deep into the dial. It was what attracted me to the Omega Seamaster 150 and it's here again on this very affordable timepiece. 

The designers of this watch knows exactly what they're doing, minimising each element to their bare essentials to not just complement the emblematic dial but to also to let them each have their own moment in the spotlight. 

Gold is naturally the color chosen to complete the jet black dial. Polished hour indexes escape  commonality with indents and spots of lumibrite at their ends, an aesthetically surprising and useful application in line with the Seiko 5 mantra.

Sporty baton hands are in the same gold, also applied with lumibrite. A harsh white day and date display sits beneath the gold window at 3'O, once again a choice of practicality over a fashion decision. Topping it off is the applied Seiko 5 emblem and printed Suma logo on the dial. 

All of that class sits underneath a mineral glass crystal, with a less traditional give-link bracelet completing the sports watch look.  The large stainless steel case melts seamlessly into the links and bracelet, not letting the dial lost its thunder to watch lugs.

I almost feel like keeping this guy for myself.

1979 Vintage Seiko 5 7009-8331 "Seamaster"
Hour, minute and seconds hands with day/date display
Eng / Rom day display
Polished black guilloche dial
36mm stainless steel case
42mm lug-to-lug
20mm lug width
7009 automatic movement @ 21,600vph with quickset push for day change
Mineral glass crystal
Seiko stainless steel bracelet