Sep 14, 2015

1980 Vintage Seiko 5 7009-3100 "Datejust"

Seiko 5 7009-3100 "Datejust"
Circa 1980

There's something classic about the whole black and gold formula, even more so when it's presented on a vintage dial with broad sword hands and no-nonsense hour batons. The watch reminds me of the old 1980s Rolex Datejusts, and so gave it its name.

The classic look begins from far away - the traditional oyster three-link bracelet, joined to the solid case with the smooth bezel, mineral glass flat and smooth. The links hang loose, a sign of vintage wear, and feels absolutely comfortable around the wrist. 

As you approach the dial, the black/gold combination hits you - pure vintage class. You're greeted to a polished black dial, setting the stage for the elongated bars of gold that form the rest of the watch face. You almost wish the day and date window wasn't in the way of such gentlemanly suave, but appreciate the utility of such a feature in a daily beater. 

And while faint, the lume on the hands provide the increased legibility you know you'll miss once the sun sets. 

There's more than simplicity in this watch. There's the feeling of the good old days, lost to the rapidly shifting tides of the modern world. How you wish for a distraction away from the distractions, a simple black face rid of the mundane complexities of life.

1980 Vintage Seiko 5 7009-3100 "Datejust"
Hour, minute and seconds hands with day/date display
Eng / Arb day display
Polished black dial
34mm stainless steel case
40mm lug-to-lug
18mm lug width 
7019 automatic movement @ 21,600vph with quickset push for day change
Mineral glass crystal
Seiko Japan stainless steel bracelet